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opencores.com Ethernet core on Altera  - how to connect to male PCI interface?

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Hello,

I have some ideas for skipping TCP in a high level application, but first things first - right now I just want to take the "Ethernet MAC 10/100 Mbps" core (http://www.opencores.com/projects.cgi/web/ethmac) and connect it to a regular PC.

I have the following Altera FPGA:
http://www.altera.com/products/devkits/altera/kit-cyc3-starter.html

It's my understanding that a PHY chip is needed that ultimately interfaces with a female RJ-45 connector.

I'm guessing that the "wishbone" interface from the Ethernet core will ultimately be wired to a male PCI interface? Conceptually how does this work? I tried to read the wikipedia entry on wishbone and it sounds like greek to me (my background is VHDL and then higher level languages). I also read somewhere that the Altera's Avalon bus can be used?

At first I thought this was going to be easy.. I though I could just wire 32 of the FPGA's output pins to the 32 PCI pins.. wishful thinking :)
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