Does anyone pricing on this 2nd generation Xilinx Virtex 6 FPGA board for potential hardware based HFT?
Someone from my Meetup group is using this exact board. I am trying to see if this is an affordable option. So if it is, is there really any point in killing yourself with software when you can use a good tool link Simulink to get the HDL (hardware description language) generated?
See how expensive FPGA is. Prices of ModelSim and Xilinx product is not cheap. Matlab prices not included
I don’t think this is final but could give you a ball park figure:
A couple years ago, Synplify Pro was about $20K (US dollars), ModelSim SE about $20K, HyperLynx GHz about $47K. The lighter versions were roughly a third of that.
Xilinx stuff: ISE Foundation about $3000. WebPACK is of course free. EDK about $500. System Generator for DSP about $1000.
Yearly support is usually an unpleasant fraction of the purchase price. If you discontinue support, you stop getting software updates, and may lose access to tech support.
I wish companies would list their product prices. No fun listening to a salesman for a half hour only to learn the price is in the stratosphere. Sometimes you can find prices in the “product announcement” or “product review” sections of engineering magazines.