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Big, Ugly Pig: Bring-Up, Phase 1

Posted by: Dave Vandenbout in Blog Post 5 years, 11 months ago

I got the prototype PCBs for the next version of the XuLA Board from @laen's service a few weeks ago. Here's the front and back of the bare board: <<more...>>

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I'm *Famous* Now!

Posted by: Dave Vandenbout in Blog Post 5 years, 11 months ago

I woke up famous this morning: my interview was online. Thanks to EEWeb for providing the opportunity and the venue. (Make sure to scroll to the bottom for a list of interviews with other engineers almost as fascinating as me.) <<more...>>

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Free Range VHDL

Posted by: Dave Vandenbout in Blog Post 5 years, 11 months ago

A new VHDL textbook was released a few days ago. *Yawn*, right? There's like a hundred of those on Amazon already.

But the good thing about this one is that it covers the basics of using VHDL in a concise and attractive 129 pages. It goes over the syntax and semantics of the language and illustrates behavioral and structural description styles with an emphasis on synthesis. But you don't have to take my word that this book is good - you can download Free Range VHDL for free! <<more...>>

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Count Your Bristles!

Posted by: Dave Vandenbout in Blog Post 6 years ago

Well, it's Thanksgiving in the USA. A few years ago, at a gathering of my girlfriend's family, we each made lists of things we were thankful for. "Family" and "togetherness" appeared quite a bit, but my list, naturally, was a bit different - it had things like "clean water" and "absence of minefields" on it. <<more...>>

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Repos, Repos, Repos ...

Posted by: Dave Vandenbout in Blog Post 6 years, 1 month ago

I wrote last month about using Upverter, and now there's a new OSHW repository on the scene: Solderpad. While Upverter is trying to provide both cloud-based design tools and a repository, Solderpad has taken a more modest path and provides only a place for you to store your designs after you've used whatever tool you want to create them. So you might ask how that's any different from just storing your design on Github. Well, in addition to the Git-based repository, Solderpad adds these capabilities: <<more...>>

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