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This is a conversation that I've recently had with one of the attendees to the RVfpga WS that we held at Alicante last September. Find below our conversation, translated using DeepL from Spanish to English.





Hi Daniel,
I'm one of the attendees of the RISCV course of Imagination Technologies that was given at the last Sarteco conference. I have a student who is interested in these topics and I would like to try a project with him, for which I would like to get an FPGA like the ones from the course, which if I'm not mistaken was a Nexis A7 (*). I've been looking for it and I've seen that it is out of stock in many places, and where I have found it it costs about 400 €.
Do you know if there is any way to get it cheaper, taking into account that it is for teaching?
Best regards and thank you very much for your attention,
(*) Which I understand to be the same as the Nexis A7 T.


Hi Ricardo:
Yes, in the course we use a Nexys A7, which is electronically the same as the previous version called Nexys 4 DDR. Both have a Xilinx Artix7 FPGA. You need the Nexys A7-110T which has the larger FPGA. 
It's been a while since I've looked up board prices. I know there was an academic price which used to be closer to $200, but I am not close to this topic, so I asked Robert Owen for advice. He maintains the relationships with our project partners.

I can add that next year we will have a version of RVfpga that runs on the lower-cost Digilent Basys 3 board. We are working on this at the moment.

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Dear Ricardo

The board is the Nexys A7-100T and the Digilent part number is: SKU 410-292
(1) Supply
There have been global shortages of semiconductors and this has affected many things, including development boards.
We know from discussions last week (14th Oct'22) that new supplies are coming through to distributors by mid-December.
As of October 22nd, Digi-Key, Mouser and element14 are all showing stock.,-inc./410-292/5117190  

(2) Academic Pricing:
Digilent offer a special Academic Price to eligible institutions of $262. A discount of 25% on the regular $349 price.
Follow their Academic verification here:

410-292 Nexys A7-100T (previously known as Nexys 4 DDR) $349.00 25% $261.75

(3) Donations
The Xilinx University Program ("XUP") support universities all around the world with boards.
You can ask them for support here:  
Remember - they will be looking for ongoing use of donated equipment in labs and student & research projects, not just one-offs.

Hope this helps!
Robert Owen