HacDC FPGA Workshop

Frank Gentges metavox at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 6 13:02:57 CDT 2009

Maitland, tacoistas

This looks like something our Charleston people would be interested in. 
  It is focused on the Xylinx Spartan 3 and their WEBPack.  That is just 
what we are using.  Several Charleston builders mentioned an interest 
and need for just this sort of a workshop.

Driving down to DC near 16th street to attend the sessions at 7 PM could 
be a real strain for those of us in the far reaches of Northern Virgina. 
  I suspect our Nexsys2 boards would be very close to the Xilinx Spartan 
3AN development kit they will be using.

I would be glad to make my lab available for our members (or others for 
that matter) to come out on Wednesday evenings to cover the course if it 
was on line.  We have the AMRAD projector to use.

Alternatively, we might get the videos a couple of days later to view 
and discuss and work out amongst ourselves.  I have a broadband 
connection so we could view the video and provide everyone Internet 
access for their work.

Any chance they would put their video online live?  How about making 
them available a day or two later?

I have CC:ed William Gibb that is the workshop instructor.  Bill, feel 
free to jump in.  Check out our web site at


We have just built 10 receivers and everyone bought a Nexsys2 board. 
Digilent provided them to AMRAD at the student price of $99.  I suspect 
they would extend this offer to everyone at the HacDC workshop at this 
group buy price.  My lab is near Dulles airport off of Rt 7.

Right now, AMRAD builders need to learn how to build the designs for the 
FPGA.  AMRAD is willing to help HacDC get the workshops live on line.  I 
see how Oct 7th is a short time for doing this.  How can we help?

Frank Gentges K0BRA

A. Maitland Bottoms wrote:
> "Join HacDC for a workshop series covering the fundamentals of digital
> logic design, from boolean gates to state machines, Verilog coding and
> eventually work with Field Programable Gate Arrays! This workshop will
> be taught through the Fall, covering a variety of topics and exercises
> each week. Be sure to check the course wiki page [1] for upcoming
> topics, past workshops and workshop requirements. This workshop is
> free and open to the public but may require additional resources as
> listed on the wiki page."
>  -- http://wiki.hacdc.org/index.php?title=FPGA_Workshop
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