The Basys is being replaced by the Basys2 FPGA Board. For more details, please see the following document: Upgrade_to_Basys2.pdf
The Basys board provides an ideal circuit design platform for anyone who wants to learn about FPGAs and digital circuit design. It combines the advanced features of Xilinx's Spartan-3E FPGA with straightforward power supply and I/O circuits, making it the perfect platform for introductory designs ranging from simple logic circuits to complex digital systems.
The four on-board 6-pin connectors can accommodate any of Digilent's low-cost "PMOD" accessory circuits, making it easy to add A/D and D/A converters, motors, sensors, and a variety of other devices and circuits.
The Basys board is fully compatible with all versions of the Xilinx ISE tools, including the free WebPack. It ships with a USB programming cable (this also supplies power) so designs can be implemented immediately with no hidden costs. It also comes in a convenient plastic carry-case.
Now every student can have a state-of-the-art development system for far less than the cost of a textbook!
In order to program and communicate with the Basys board, you must download and install the free Digilent Adept Suite