NI Digital Electronics FPGA Board

The NI Digital Electronics FPGA Board is a digital learning device that gives high school, university, and vocational students hands-on experience with digital logic and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology. The system, which integrates with the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) II and NI ELVIS II+ educational design and prototyping platforms, combines analog and digital design instruction into one affordable, easy-to-use platform.

The NI Digital Electronics FPGA Board is powered by a Xilinx Spartan-3E FPGA, which can be programmed using either NI LabVIEW or the Xilinx ISE webPACK, a free, downloadable software toolkit. Through the NI Developer Zone, educators can view related tutorials and download free curricula written to use with both LabVIEW and Verilog.

Because of its integration with NI ELVIS II and the new NI ELVIS II+ platform, the system provides a full spectrum of instruments with which students can gain experience on building real-world test benches that involve instrumentation. The NI ELVIS platform includes 12 instruments, including a function generator, digital multimeter (DMM) and a 100 MS/s oscilloscope on the newly introduced NI ELVIS II+. Students using the NI Digital Electronics FPGA Board can learn circuit concepts by taking advantage of the NI Multisim circuit design and SPICE simulation platform for SPICE simulation and the NI Multisim Circuit Design Community, an online resource for collaboration and discussion of circuit design topics.

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