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

M. Elizabeth Scott beth at scanlime.org
Tue Apr 2 23:58:18 UTC 2013


Ah, my bad. Didn't see that in the list the first time. So that will be
enough to blink some LEDs at least! :)

—beth


On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM, Robert "Finny" Merrill <
rfmerrill at berkeley.edu> wrote:

> (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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