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Introducing the Cubic Board -- A Completely Open Source FPGA Project

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betajet   5/27/2015 7:03:45 PM
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Very interesting project!  I have three comments:

1.  Open-source hardware FPGA boards have been around for a while, including Gadget Factory's Papilio boards and Gameduino (and its Olimex derivatives).

2.  A "Completely Open-Source FPGA Project" requires that its software be open-source as well.  From the article, it sounds like you must use Altera's free-as-in-beer FPGA design software, which means the main part of the project's software is proprietary.  Please let me know if I have this wrong and that there's a free-as-in-freedom alternative to the Altera software.

3.  Tell us more about the $9.99 board.  FPGA boards badly need Raspberry Pi pricing to get more people to use them.

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