Comprehensive list of FPGA development boards

Comprehensive list of FPGA development boards

Update 2022-10-19: I’m aware that I have some work to do to get the boards from Intel, Lattice, Efinix and other FPGA vendors into these lists. All I can say is that I’m working on it! I also ended up with a lot of emails from people wanting to get certain dev boards added to the lists so I’ve made it easier for you (and me) to do that. If you have a board that you would like to list, please submit the details to me and I will put it up in a day or so. Note that I’ll only list boards if the price is made public - no boards requiring custom quotations!

On another point… A lot of people didn’t like the fact that I didn’t include SoMs in these lists. I agree with the arguments but I don’t want this to become unmanagable as SoMs lead to lots of variations and carrier combinations. My way of reaching the middle ground will be to include “kits” to the list where a kit can be purchased as a unit and can consist of an SoM + carrier board such as the Kria KV260.

I often get asked what I think is the best FPGA/MPSoC dev board for some particular application, or I have to choose one for a client project. There are so many out there these days, it’s hard for anyone to keep up, so I thought it would be useful to bring all of them together into a repository and generate tables from that data, categorizing the boards into their different types and features. Since moving the blog to the Hugo platform, this is something that has become possible and fairly easy to do, so I finally got it done.

Below you’ll find the lists, categorizing the boards according to a few attributes that I considered useful. If you have an idea for a category that I haven’t listed, please let me know. Also, if you know of a board that is not on these lists, please submit the details.

I’ve only considered something to be a “dev board” if it can operate on it’s own, independent of any carrier board or other add-on that it may be possible to use with. For example, I considered the MicroZed to be a “dev board” because although it can be used with a carrier board, it is still fully functional without one. The PicoZed I considered not to be a “dev board” because it requires a carrier board to function. If I were to add all of the SoMs out there, with all of their possible configurations and carrier boards, this list would quickly get out-of-hand. I’ve reconsidered this; please read update above.

By device-type

By vendor

By interface

By application

By price

As I add boards to the repository, or remove them when they become obsolete, the lists will be automatically updated; so in theory at least, the lists will always be relevant. Just keep in mind however that the prices listed for these boards should only be taken as a guide, because the real prices depend on distributors and resellers and they change too often for me to realistically keep up with.

I hope you find this useful!