Garcia's idea was that we--the members of All Programmable Planet--undoubtedly have a lot of different FPGA development boards between us. In some cases, of course, we have more than our fair share, as is evidenced by The Mighty Hamster's Desert Island FPGA Boards column. And that column was several months ago--goodness knows how many boards The Mighty Hamster has now. We certainly know that he's added a ZedBoard to his collection since those far-off times.
Furthermore, Garcia suggested that if members knew which boards were owned by other members, then we would all know where to go if we had questions about a particular system, such as "What does this red-flashing LED mean?" or "How do I get the smoke back in?" (With regard to the "smoke" question, also see my blog on the Smoke Re-concentrator for refurbishing blown electronic components.) Click to read the rest of this article on All Programmable Planet.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.