Introduction to FPGA’s and prototyping with the Elbert

Introduction to FPGA’s and prototyping with the Elbert

How to get started developing on FPGA’s for under thirty dollars in hardware and software

What you’ll learn

  • Understand what an FPGA is
  • Become familiar with the Elbert v2 with the Xilinx Spartan 3A FPGA
  • Understand how to use the Xilinx Webpack ISE tool flow with the Elbert V2
  • Program a simple example in HDL on the Elbert V2 Board
  • Prepare for next lecture series with the Elbert V2

Requirements

  • Basic Programming and working in an IDE
  • Knowledge of what embedded systems do in the real world

Description

This is a free course which will teach you how to get up and running with field programmable gate arrays (FPGA’s). You will learn the basics of programming in HDL on an inexpensive FPGA development board which is a valuable tool for both the hobbyist interested in “making” or the full time engineer with an interest in expanding his career options. FPGA’s are both fun and challenging and provide many useful applications that can be applied to the real world. Whether you are a student, hobbyist, or engineer it is important to have the skills demanded in the digital age. By having a working knowledge of FPGA’s you can differentiate yourself from your competitors in the marketplace and turbo charge your career with an additional, well paid, skill set that is currently needed in the marketplace. With these new digital skills you can help design communication equipment, audio and video, or signal processing and filtering applications; the ability to program and implement FPGA’s can help you succeed in whichever engineering career path you choose..

This courtse will be taught using the Elbert V2 FPGA demonstration board and the Xilinx tool flow with the Xilinx Webpack ISE. I will explain the basics of FPGA development on the Elbert V2 board and end up the introduction to FPGA’s with an uploaded programming example to see the HDL code at work on the Elbert development board. This free lecture will be followed by a more extensive lecture series getting into further detail of programming and implementing FPGA’s.

Who this course is for:

  • Students interested in FPGA’s
  • Engineers in Embedded Systems but not FPGA’s
  • Those with an interest in reconfigurable logic and digital design
  • Hobbyists who want to “make” with FPGA’s and reconfigurable logic