The Cranky Sysadmin A world of technology, fun, and ignorant rants.

November 28, 2012

My Zedboard has Arrived!

Filed under: digital logic,Electronics — Cranky Sysadmin @ 9:37 pm

The Zedboard is a full featured development board for the new Xilinx Zynq chip. The board has a lot of peripherals to show off the Zynq chip. I’m interested in the board for the large gate count FPGA (80K plus logic units) married to the dual arm cores. I’m not an expert, but this product looks like it could be the base for disruptive technologies.

What fun projects are waiting for me inside?

November 24, 2012

Digital Design Books.

Filed under: digital logic — Cranky Sysadmin @ 2:52 pm

FPGA Prototyping by Verilog Examples and Digital McLogic Design (Look to the bottom of the linked page) are both well written texts covering digital design. If you know some digital logic and want to get into FPGA prototyping quickly, the first text is great. It assumes that you know the basics. The second text is 850 pages of instruction walking someone with no digital background through the basics. I’m not classically educated, so several of the chapters (on boolean algebra and binary math for instance) helped me fill in my gaps. I made the mistake of buying both FPGA Prototyping by Verilog Examples and … by VHDL Examples. They cover the same material in different languages, so I suggest getting one and finding another text to learn the other language.

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