woensdag 10 november 2021

Mailbag 10 November 2021


In my mail today a new FPGA board to play with. This is a Lattice ICEstick ICE40HX1K-STICK-EVN .
For this FPGA free software and several demo applications are available.  Also DigiKey recently posted on YouTube a video  Introduction to FPGA Part 1 - What is an FPGA? | Digi-Key Electronics , a video in a new series of videos where this FPGA will be used.

Normaly i need to wait minimal 10 day before i receive items when ordering things (as i often order items using Aliexpress in China). This item was not ordered in China and came almost within 48 hours. The device was packaged using an extreme amount of packaging material.
I hope to find soon time to start testing and using it as it seemed to me an interesting  addition to my "FPGA collection".

I already have two other FPGA boards, a EP2C5T144 Altera Cyclone ii and a Cyclone IV board with several IO.
So this is my third FPGA board. 
Besides possibilities to interface your own hardware there is also interesting hardware on the board to play with e.g. 5 Leds and the IrDA transceiver.
The board looks like a big USB plug and can be plugged in directly in a free USB slot. (However it is recommended to use a USB cable as this will make it more easy to experiment.)
Currently i am also working on some other interesting projects, however starting with this FPGA board is a temptation.