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74181 ALU design on Altera MAX II CPLD

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Dilshan Jayakody writes: 74181 is 4-bit arithmetic and logic unit introduced by Texas Instruments in March 1970 and it is known for being the first ALU in single package. This chip is no longer in manufacturing but still it is quite popular in CA (computer architecture) courses in many colleges....

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Posted in Chips, CPLD | 1 Comment »

App note: Use of MLCC capacitors

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

App note(PDF) on using Multi-layer ceramic chip(MLCC) capacitors from Altera. Multi-layer ceramic chip (MLCC) capacitors are used quite often in dc-dc converter input and output filters instead of tantalum or aluminum electrolytics. MLCC’s have low ESR, low ESL, and low cost. They also have no major reliability problems associated with...

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Altera’s free online technical training courses

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Altera is making available a group of free online technical training courses covering the various aspects of FPGA design. Topics include the basics of programmable logic design, Verilog and VHDL basics, as well as introductory and advanced courses on the Quartus II IDE. You can check out the course listings...

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Posted in CPLD, FPGA, site | 3 Comments »

Tutorial: Nut/OS on Altera FPGA

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Michael Fischer of emb4fun has a new tutorial on using Nut/OS on Altera FPGAs. His design uses the Altera DE0-Nano board and a self-made adapter equipped with a DM9000E-H board, and includes a short example for an Internet Radio. Michael's tutorial is divided into three parts linked below: Part 1,...

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Posted in code, FPGA, tcpip, tutorials | 1 Comment »

Online course for Altera’s SignalTapII logic analyser simulator for FPGAs

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

In a previous post we wrote about Kiran's review of Altera's SignalTapII logic analyzer simulator for FPGAs. Jason let us know that Altera provides many free online courses for their tools, and one of them is for the SignalTapII. The course covers the following: Add one or more instances of...

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SignalTap II integrates a logic analyser into your Altera FPGA projects

Monday, February 27th, 2012

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Baa4c8qFsI[/embed] SignalTap II is a tool that embeds a logic analyzer into your FPGA project so you can see what is happening in the design. Kiran made a video tutorial on the basics using Altera's Quartus II IDE. The advantage is that, there are no need to connect any wire or...

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DSJTAG – USB JTAG debugger and programmer for both Xilinx and Altera IDEs

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Seeed has a cheap JTAG programmer/debugger for both major FPGA/CPLD brands. It emulates both the Xilinx Platform USB Cable and Altera USB blaster JTAG programmers with a flip of a switch. As a Xilinx Platform USB Cable it is supported by the manufacture's iMPACT, ISE, Chipscope and EDK software bundles....

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Posted in JTAG, kit biz | 3 Comments »

DE0 Nano intro programming tutorial

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Chris from PyroElectro has written an intro tutorial on programming the Altera DE0 Nano FGPA board. His article examines installing Altera's IDE: Quartus II on your computer and using it to make an FPGA program, compile it and get it onto the DE0 Nano's Cyclone IV FPGA.

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Tutorial: using ChibiOS on Altera FPGA

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Kiran writes:There is a great tutorial on how to use ChibiOS on Altera FPGA board by Michael Fischer. I tried and it works great. This tutorial covers how to use ChibiOS/RT on a Nios II cpu based on an Altera DE1 Board. Via the contact form.

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Posted in FPGA, tutorials | 1 Comment »

FPGACheap DIY Altera FPGA USB programmer

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

This is a DIY USB programer for Altera FPGAs. It only uses a PIC uC and a few discrete components to provide a JTAG interface with a FPGA. Somun found it on a Japanese site (machine translation), and with the help of Google Translate he built one for himself. There...

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Xilinx vs. Altera tools for hobbyists

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Big Mess o’ Wires compared Xilinx and Altera's FPGA tools: I used to believe that Altera’s FPGA tools were much more hobbyist-friendly than the comparable Xilinx tools, and I frequently bashed the Xilinx tools whenever the topic came up. But after giving them a head-to-head comparison recently, I think I...

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Free online course: basics of programmable logic

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Altera has available a free online course covering the Basics of Programmable Logic. This training will give you a basic introduction to programmable logic devices, focusing on FPGAs. By exploring the history of programmable logic technologies, you’ll learn about the architectural features that make up an FPGA device. You will...

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Posted in CPLD, FPGA, site | 9 Comments »

Plunify online FPGA compiler conference call

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKNtw2fZop4[/embed] MP3 download Plunify is an online compiler for Altera and Xilinx CPLDs/FPGAs. The developers' goal is to build an interface to instant license and computer resources for large FPGA projects. Download the MP3 to hear more about their start-up and some of the difficulties they face with compiler licensing....

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Posted in compilers, CPLD, dev boards, FPGA, interviews | 3 Comments »

Tiny CPU: testbed for CPLD-based processors

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Tiny CPU uses an Altera CPLD to emulate a simple processor. Also included on the board: flash ROM, keyboard input, JTAG header, and more. Tiny CPU is a custom “small CPU” design intended for implementation in a CPLD. Such soft CPU cores typically target an FPGA or large CPLD, but...

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Posted in CPLD, dev boards | 3 Comments »

Free webcast: PCIe design using Altera FPGAs

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

The PCI Express (PCIe) protocol is seeing increasing use in conjunction with FPGA based designs. In this free webcast from Altera, Jeff Wimett, Product Marketing Engineer for Altera, describes how to use FPGAs in high-bandwidth PCIe designs.

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Altera releases new Quartus II v11.0 with Qsys

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Quartus II is Altera's comprehensive IDE for system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) design, including CPLD and FPGA development tools. They have just released their new Quartus II Software v11.0. The free downloadable web edition includes the Qsys system integration tool in production release, promises up to 2X higher interconnect performance compared to SOPC...

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CPLD VGA resistor DAC

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Chris from Pyroelectro informs us of his new tutorial describing the design of a VGA controller that uses a resistor DAC to create 512 unique VGA colors. He uses an Altera CPLD and VHDL code to create all the video signals. The theory, hardware schematics and software are all explained...

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Max V CPLD development kit

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The Altera Max V Development Kit is designed around the MAX V CPLD (5M570Z, 256-pin FBGA, -5 speed). The board features two general-purpose 2x20-pin 0.1-inch expansion headers, a 4-pin PC speaker header, two 6-pin motor control headers, a Type B USB connector (power source and communication port) with cable. The...

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Posted in CPLD, dev boards, kit biz | 3 Comments »

Altera BeMicro SDK FPGA USB dev stick

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Kati writes to inform us that Altera and Arrow Electronics have teamed up to introduce the BeMicro SDK (Software Development Kit), a prototyping board for embedded software developers to learn about FPGAs. The board runs a soft embedded processor on a 22K logic element FPGA, and utilizes the popular USB...

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Posted in dev boards, FPGA, kit biz, software | 8 Comments »

Altera breaks industry record for most transistors on an IC

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Altera today issued a press release announcing that it set an industry milestone in semiconductor technology by delivering the most transistors ever packed onto an integrated circuit. Altera's 28-nm Stratix® V FPGAs are the semiconductor industry's first devices to feature 3.9 billion transistors. "Altera surpassed the known record for transistors...

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Posted in FPGA, News | 1 Comment »

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