I don't know if the folks at Actel have thought about this, but I can see a problem looming on the horizon. Their just-announced IGLOO nano FPGAs are available in a 3x3 mm package. This makes them ideal for portable/hand-held applications (although you'd better not sneeze while populating a circuit board). The problem I foresee is that – if they get any smaller – there won't be enough space to squeeze a logo on the package.
But we digress... In the not-so-distant future, Actel plans to offer a low-cost nano starter kit, priced at $49.95. In the meantime, for immediate prototyping and programming, designers can leverage the Actel IGLOO Icicle Kit, which is shipping as we speak for only $99.
This 1.4" x 3.6" kit features ultra low-power attributes, flexible implementation options, and the battery-saving advantages of Actel's standard low-power IGLOO FPGA for portable applications. The kit also enables designers to easily and rapidly program, evaluate and modify their IGLOO-based portable designs.
And the really exciting news is that the folks at Actel have provided me with ten IGLOO Icicle Kits for the readers of Programmable Logic DesignLine. But to whom should I give these kits? Who is the most deserving? To make things fair, we'll have a quick quiz as follows:
- Which company just introduced the IGLOO nano FPGA?
- Which FPGA has a standby power consumption as low as 2 µW?
- Which battery-powered evaluation kit was featured in my recent web-based FPGA Fundamentals course?
- What number am I currently thinking of?
With regard to the last question, I just asked my business partner Alvin to pick a number between 1 and 10,000, and he immediately responded ... well, obviously I can't tell you what he said, but I have it written down on a piece of paper that's now locked away in my desk drawer.
So... you have between now and when I sit down at my desk next week on Monday 3 November. At that time, I will dispatch these ten kits to the ten lucky recipients who (a) answer questions (1) through (3) correctly and (b) guess the closest (or equal) to the number supplied by Alvin. (In the unlikely event of a tie, I will toss a coin to determine the winners.)
NOTE: Don't forget our Design Competition. In addition to fame beyond the ken of mortal man, the prize of an Altium Innovation Station and a perpetual software license is worth US$9000+!
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