Ed is in geek heaven with his new ML507 board from Xilinx. This is a board designed to be a development and prototyping vehicle for all kinds of embedded applications. It’s got a PCI Express interface, video inputs and outputs, audio, network interface, all kinds of connectors. Too big to re-install the computer’s cover after installing it in a slot… but who cares?
If you are thinking about development using Xilinx FPGAs with an embedded PowerPC, then get yourself an ML507. And get a compatible C-to-hardware compiler while you’re at it.