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

Robert "Finny" Merrill rfmerrill at berkeley.edu
Tue Apr 2 23:56:02 UTC 2013


(it's on the other side)


On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM, Robert "Finny" Merrill <
rfmerrill at berkeley.edu> wrote:

> 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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