First Impression (8) - The SoCKit Development Kit, A Terrace Perspective

Ronaldo, the Portuguese one, has been named as this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, that is he has been nominated as being the best footballer, or soccer player to some, in the world. He is described, arguably, as the most complete player of this generation of Champion's League footballers. Although, Lionel Messi might have something to say about that.

Just like Ronaldo, the Portuguese one, the SoCKit, originally developed by Arrow Electronics, could also be described as the most complete low-cost FPGA development board in the world. It could be, arguably, the best ever FPGA development kit for hobbyist System-On-Chip (SoC) and FPGA developers of its generation.

He wears a No. 10 jersey. I thought it was his position, but it turns out to be his IQ - George Best on Paul Gascoigne

However, unlike Ronaldo who is reportedly worth between €200 million to €300 million on the transfer market, in this blog we present the case why we feel our SoCKit is priceless.

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LINUX (1) - Linux for Field Programmable System-On-Chips (SoCs), An Introduction

It's difficult knowing when to appropriately use the phrase "game changer". However given the proliferation of FPGA System-On-Chip (SoC) devices, which contain the Microblaze or Nios II processors or the hardened embedded processors like the dual-core ARM Cortex A9, then for once the part phrase game changer may be appropriate.

This is especially the case when one uses these SoCs in conjunction with LINUX, the operating system of choice for embedded systems, when real-time operating systems are not considered (Embedded real-time LINUX will be considered in a separate article). 

In this first blog entry, of this category, we will begin by listing the more current LINUX projects and builds for embedded systems in general and FPGA SoCs in particular.

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In The News #1 - Free Non-Commercial Renderman

For years 3D animation hobbyists interested in Renderman, but not wanting to fork out the ££££ required for a  license, have had to rely on third-party REYES compliant renderers like, Aqsis (a favourite of ours), Pixie, Gelato, Angel and others.

Previously, we had used Aqsis, however in 2015, Pixar the owners of Renderman are due to release a free. non-commercial, version of their famous software.

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