Category Archives: Programmable Logic

Breadboard power solution and the start of FPGA dev board version 2

When working with solderless breadboard, one of the concerns is how to power it. Ideally I would have a nice bench PSU but, being cheap, I makedo without one. In the past I have stumbled around with various solutions, including using the power pins on a USB serial breakout board, using an AVR programmer header just for the purpose of… Read more »

FPGA woes

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This blog post is a bit unusual because all I’m able to write about are problems. In short I made up my FLEX6000 dev board but could not get it to function. Here it is in all of its glory: As you can see, I didn’t bother to fully populate it. The route cause of the problem, I suspect, is… Read more »

FPGA preliminaries

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This last few months has been a bit “scrappy” on the projects front. I’ve not made as much progress as I’d hoped but have started down several different fronts and have done a fair amount of reading. To learn about implementing a DMA controller, I initially started working on a new 6809 computer core on breadboard. In the end I… Read more »

Design for a real Single Board Computer

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Though the previous PCB design was a vaguely useable computer, it required devices attached to an expansion port to be even moderately useful. A real Single Board Computer should be useful with just the single board. Combining a serial interface with an IDE interface should make the single PCB a computer in its own right, albeit one that only has… Read more »