The Virtex-II PRO(V2-Pro) development system can be used at virtually any level of the engineering curricula, from introductory courses through advanced research projects. Based on the Virtex-II Pro FPGA, the board can function as a digital design trainer, a microprocessor development system, or a host for embedded processor cores and complex digital systems. It is powerful enough to support advanced research projects, but affordable enough to be placed at every workstation. The expansion connectors can accommodate special-purpose circuits and systems for years to come, so the board can remain at the core of an engineering educational program indefinitely (see below for a current list of available expansion boards).
The V2P is supported by world-class design tools, including ISE Foundation, Chipscope-Pro, Embedded Developer’s Kit (EDK), and System Generator (WebPack cannot be used). Applications that include an embedded processor require EDK, and those that do not include a processor can use ISE. See the Xilinx University Program page for information on obtaining donations and/or academic discounts on design tools.
Digilent recommends that all users visit the Xilinx XUP V2-Pro webpage and view the most up to date documentation and reference designs. The Reference Design link contains projects for the VDEC-1 and contains many other useful designs.