Lattice announces Diamond release 1.3

Lattice Semiconductor has just announced Lattice Diamond® release 1.3, updating their FPGA design software environment. They write: This release further builds on helping FPGA designers reach their goals for cost sensitive and low-power applications. In addition to its industry-leading Power Calculator, Lattice Diamond 1.3 software now aids migrating a design to a lower cost device […]

Week in (p)review: July 15, 2011

Facebook free PCB Friday is on the way. Don’t forget to share your current project in the comments or the forum. Here’s a summary of major developments over the last week: USB Infrared Toy v2 and Web Platform v1.1 are back in stock at Seeed Studio Bus Pirate introduction tutorial is now available in Spanish […]

Week in (p)review: July 08, 2011

Facebook free PCB Friday is on the way. Don’t forget to share your current project in the comments or the forum. Here’s a summary of major developments over the last week: Thermal Tweeter Fail Whale Bus Pirate Zeno zit zapper hack update Bus Pirate and CPLD breakout free PCB build Check out Frank’s RC Quadrotor […]

Plunify online FPGA compiler conference call

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. We’re interested in Plunify because it […]

Week in (p)review: June 10, 2011

Facebook free PCB Friday is on the way. Don’t forget to share your current project in the comments or the forum. Here’s a summary of major developments over the last week: How to mail PCBs WIFI web platform design review Bus Blaster v2, USB IR Toy v2, Bus Pirate v3b, and CPLD development boards are back […]

Week in (p)review: June 03, 2011

Facebook free PCB Friday is on the way. Don’t forget to share your current project in the comments or the forum. Here’s a summary of major developments over the last week: Bus Pirate v3.5 free PCB build Bus Pirate v3.5 was featured in this week’s status update post Updated web server on a business card […]

Week in (p)review: May 27, 2011

Eric Pan (Seeed Studio) and Ian (me). Facebook free PCB Friday is on the way. Don’t forget to share your current project in the comments or the forum. Here’s a summary of major developments over the last week: We’re back from Maker Faire Single-sided, through-hole USB IR Toy v2 Saleae Logic 16 update USB Infrared […]

Altera releases new Quartus II v11.0 with Qsys

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 Builder, improved design reuse and […]

XC9572XL CPLD development board build

Haley posted build pictures of the XC9572XL CPLD development board from a free PCB Sunday. Thanks for posting a picture of the completed board! Under our new unlimited free PCB program Haley received a coupon code for a new free PCB. Get an assembled XC9572XL development board for $15. A CoolRunner-II dev-board is also available for […]

Replacing discrete 7400 logic devices with CPLDs

Whether you are working on a retro computing device, or experimenting with digital logic, you’ll find that in most instances CPLDs can perform the same operations as a cluster of 7400 series discrete logic chips. Discrete logic devices, long considered the workhorses of the semiconductor industry, held a unit cost advantage over programmable logic devices […]

Mini robot design using CoolRunner-II CPLD

It’s National Robotics Week, and what would National Robotics Week be without a CPLD based mini robot design? Here’s a mini robot design project outline (PDF!) found in the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology journal. While it’s not a “how to” style article (no schematic/code provided), it describes the advantages of using CPLDs […]

CPLD dev-boards arriving now

The CPLD development boards are starting to arrive worldwide. jbeale took the XC2C64A board for a spin: Very happy to report that my first try at a Coolrunner II CPLD project works! This is the 16-bit timer with start / stop pulse inputs. It is only tested so far up to 4 MHz, using the […]

CPLD development board package v1.1

Package v1.1 for the CPLD development boards is now available for download.  It includes: Schematic tutorials Verilog tutorials VHDL tutorials Bus Pirate XSVF programmer firmware and application PCBs Programming instructions for the Bus Pirate and Bus Blaster have been freshened. An updated ISE (X)SVF export tutorial will help you get started with your own projects. […]

Architecture of FPGAs and CPLDs: a tutorial

Stephen Brown and Jonathan Rose of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, authored this paper providing a tutorial survey of architectures of commercially available high-capacity field-programmable devices (FPDs). They first define the relevant terminology in the field and then describe the evolution of FPDs. The three main categories of FPDs are […]