We reached out to Element14 for advice for our next project which is more of an appliance than a project. They recommended the Matrix Creator. It is a FPGA driven device that mounts to the Raspberry Pi.
It has a ton features:
But, step one was getting the card and getting it going. With its operating system being in "alpha" phase, we found it was somewhat of a challenge to go from a blank SD card to a working Raspberry Pi/Creator combo. So, we made a startup guide along the way to help others get started. We hope it helps you get started quickly: