Hi, I would like to try use some CPLDs. I looked at eBay for something small and cheap that I can use with breadboard. As far as I know there is no modern DIP CPLD and most are very small with many pins so I need some breakout board.
I have found a board with Coolrunner-II from Xilinx. But from photos it looks like there is only few pins of the chip accessible. Do you have any idea what are those boards designed for?
More usable looks board with MAX II EPM240 from Altera. It has all(?) pins connected to a header. But the Datasheet states the chip can be programmend only 100 times.
Does anyone have experience with such boards - if pins of the CoolRunner are somehow accesible or if the Max can be usually programmed much more often? Or is there some other board I should choose? What about programming? I think developement software from both Xilinx and Altera are for free but do I need a programmer? Or is it possible to use Arduino as JTAG programmer?