- Created on Sunday, 06 October 2013 16:17
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 02:08
When developing programmable logic for the DE0 Nano Education and Development Board a SRAM object file (.sof), containing a configuration bit stream, is typically used to configure the hosted Cyclone IV FPGA at runtime, using the built-in USB Blaster.
When the programmable logic development stage has been completed the resultant configuration data can be downloaded to a configuration device, which reconfigures the Cyclone IV FPGA on power-on or reset. How the configuration data is loaded onto the configuration device is the focus of this article.
- Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 12:54
- Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 22:02
For a few years now the death of the Plated Through Hole (PTH) component has been wrongly predicted and hobbyists are still able to dabble in electronics, using PTH components, without finding ingenious ways to mount Surface Mount Technology (SMT) components by hand.
However, although PTH components are still readily available, there is a strong demand for the hobbyist to use SMT components due to space constraints. This is because in modern day DIY hobbyist electronics the design area, the prototyping area the hobbyist has to experiment in, is becoming increasingly smaller than what has been available previously. This in turn is dictating the size of components that can be used.
When SMT components are required, although a magnifying glass is helpful, a truer friend than the USB microscope may not be found as we attempt to find out in this review.