lips2k15 wrote:Thank you for taking the take to answer my question - how tricky would it be for novice in FPGA to pull off? I can program in various different ways such as 68k, x86 and z80 would any of that knowledge help me in anyway?
If you're familiar with any hardware, or some digital design (e.g. you know what is synchronous and asynchronous design), it's not that hard to catch up with the logic of FPGAs. I'm not even a professional programmer, and just started with FPGAs a year ago, hacking on the ZX core (the only 8-bit machine we had in the eighty-es, so I was somewhat familiar with it). If you want to start FPGA programming, I suggest to start on something which you know somewhat in the hardware level. And start with Verilog, VHDL is ugly.