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I am moving this question here to separate question altogether:

[DE0-Nano] [l]ooks really good, but do I need to buy the USB Blaster (or another programmer) too?

Please, explain the context in a beginner style, what is it really needed for?

Related things

  1. http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?Language=English&No=46#section (USB Blaster clone)
  2. http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?No=593 (DE0-Nano board)
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  • \$\begingroup\$ ...50USD S&H, any idea how to order this board with less shipping cost? I need to arrange my own courier. Like is there any sense to order many of them -- 50USD S&H is a way too much when the board costs 50USD itself. \$\endgroup\$ – hhh Mar 30 '12 at 21:32
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It says clearly on the website:

The advantages of the DE0-Nano board include its size and weight, as well as its ability to be reconfigured without carrying superfluous hardware <...>

and

Configuration Status and Set-Up Elements

  • On-board USB-Blaster circuit for programming
  • Altera serial configuration device – EPCS16

So no, you don't need an external programmer for this board.

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