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Caution: Steep Learning Curve Ahead (for me)

For a while now, I've wanted to dig into field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Today, u/Enlightenment777 provided the kick I needed to get moving with learning more about FPGAs. In response to a post I made about 6502 and SPI, u/Enlightenment777 suggested I look at PSoC and FPGA. I'm definitely curious to see if I can use PSoC and FPGA to continue to extend my 6502 system -- and maybe to develop a new base system entirely.

CY8CKIT-059 PSoC 5LP Prototyping Kit
CY8CKIT-059 PSoC 5LP Prototyping Kit

I ordered a couple of CY8CKIT-059 PSoC Prototyping Kits, which will likely take a month or two to come in. I also ordered an Arty A7-100T Artix-7 FPGA Development Board. I'm hoping to have it sooner.

Arty A7-100T Artix-7 FPGA Development Board
Arty A7-100T Artix-7 FPGA Development Board

The challenge for me is that I have no experience with either of these technologies, so the learning curve will be steep. :)

Consider this as step one in my FPGA journey. I don't know enough yet to tell you what the journey ahead of me will look like, but I'm starting it. Just as going from Ben Eater's 8-bit computer kit to his 6502 kit was a jump, I expect going from 6502 to FPGA will be a big jump for me.

I have so much to learn, and I've started a list of potential learning resources.

If you have suggestions for additional learning resources, please let me know!

I imagine this will be a slow journey, and I don't expect to have anything marvelous to share about FPGA in the coming months, but I'll share a bit about what I'm learning along the way.

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