[Noisebridge-discuss] Interest check: HDL/FPGA for noobs class?

Robert "Finny" Merrill rfmerrill at berkeley.edu
Tue Apr 2 23:55:49 UTC 2013


That board has a clock source on it


On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM, M. Elizabeth Scott <beth at scanlime.org>wrote:

> That board may be a good start, but to design useful things you'll need a
> clock source and probably a little I/O. If folks in the class are using
> breadboards, the clock could be a "metal can" oscillator module.
>
> If possible, I'd recommend getting a slightly more featureful board
> though, especially for educational purposes. I like the KNJN.com boards.
> Their "Saxo" board includes USB 2.0 (via a microcontroller you can choose
> to program or not) and a clock source. It's a little more expensive at $60,
> but still in the same ballpark:
>
> http://www.knjn.com/ShopBoards_USB2.html
>
> If you can find a cheap board with a VGA output (or build a cheap R-2R
> ladder on a breadboard), I've found that video is a really fun way to learn
> FPGA development. I'm a visual learner, and it helped a lot to be able to
> build video signals in real-time :)
>
> -m
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM, Robert "Finny" Merrill <
> rfmerrill at berkeley.edu> wrote:
>
>> This is what I have:
>> http://www.ebay.com/itm/251215580947?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
>>
>> I figure gate/LUT count isn't a big deal because even a small FPGA is
>> fairly useful
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM, John Ellis <neurofog at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> +1
>>>
>>> Shouldn't we standardize on a cheapish FPGA board though. I'll do some
>>> research to whats available for under $50
>>> The mojo is $75 + shipping, kind of okay price for a Spartan 6 chip, but
>>> low in LUT/Gate count.
>>>
>>> -John
>>>
>>>
>>> On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 8:07 AM, Danny O'Brien <danny at spesh.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> +1
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 5:07 AM, Henner Zeller <h.zeller at acm.org> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> +1
>>>>> On Apr 1, 2013 10:43 PM, "Robert "Finny" Merrill" <
>>>>> rfmerrill at berkeley.edu> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> I've got a decent handle on this stuff and it seems like a lot of
>>>>>> people at NB are interested but few are experienced.
>>>>>>
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