Darn. I missed the Zero day award. I did, however, make the Early Bird Special, and upgraded to 2MB of RAM, and the Classic Computing Shield. Jack's at 25% of his goal after just launching today. Very nice.
I already own an original Papilio and a Papilio Pro. This one sounds like a great addition to my set.
If you're interested in exploring the worl of FPGAs, I highly recommend one of Jack's Papilo boards.
The Wing interface on the Papilio boards is pretty easy to use. I've designed a couple wings myself.
I've got one that has spots for GPS, IMU and RTC modules, as well as two Pmod ports. The Pmod is an interface layout used by a a number of development board companies. This one will be used with a Papilio on my tele-presence robot at some point. I can use it with any of my Papilios. Presumably, designing one for this new Papilio would be just as easy.
I also highly recommend Papilio. I recently got a Papilio One with 250K gate Spartan 3E and FTDI USB chip for JTAG programming and serial access. At US$38 it's the cheapest USA board I know of with a large FPGA. DUO will give you a lot more capacity, performance, and RAM.
Update: I backed it. The Early Bird boards are going fast -- fewer than half left. Project just passed 30% funding. I've done a lot of work with Xilinx Spartan-II, Spartan-IIE, Spartan 3A, and Spartan 3E. Should be interesting to check out Spartan 6 when the boards come out of the oven :-)
I can't afford any more tech, but this is just too good to miss with the present Dollar/Pound exchange rate. Jack is definitly going the right way by getting a schematic entry option going with this bit of kit. I have gone for the wings and the shield option on the extra memory reward.
Max I think with what I have learnt already using the Papillo boards and with the Vic20 core Jack is offering with this bundle, the UK101 Ohio Superboard will actually be re-lifed in this newest offering from Jack.
With a good schematic entry as a starting point I think more people will begin to work with FPGA and then move to HDL of some type.
Anyone going to make an Atmel One programmer with this board?
So many things to do with it and so little time to work with it?
Should be a good Christmas present for me when it arrives.
@Mike Field: Jack pointed me in the direction of the Universal Screw-Block Proto-Shield System for Arduino, r2, and I backed it too.
Hi Mike -- great to see you here -- how's life treating uyou ion New Zealand? Duane just told me yesterday that both you and Jack had backed our Universal Screw-Block Proto-Shield -- I think you'll find it to be extremely useful -- I don't know how I managed without mine.
@Crusty: Max I think with what I have learnt already using the Papillo boards and with the Vic20 core Jack is offering with this bundle, the UK101 Ohio Superboard will actually be re-lifed in this newest offering from Jack.
Cool Beans -- I think a Papilio DUO version of the UK101 would be a fantastic project.
@Mike: You have received your Parallella ? I am still waiting for mine....
Regarding the DUO, let me give a personal thanks to all of you for your support. This is one of the outcomes of very hard labour of the team during the last years. We have now more than 15K lines of VHDL code for the ZPUino project, excluding contributions (like Mike's SDRAM controller) and board-specific files. The hardware design has also been time consuming, as well as the integration with ISE's schematic editor.
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