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I’ve joined up as a contributor to gedasymbols.org. This great resource, run by DJ Delorie, hosts schematic symbols for gschem and footprints for gEDA’s layout software, PCB. A search engine helps locate symbols and footprints, and gedasymbols includes links to … Continue reading
With just a few tweaks, I brought up the “IambicV” iambic keyer core on one of my A3PN250 breakout boards. I was stunned when it made dits, dahs, and iambic dah-dits perfectly the first time out. Yes, I know that’s what a testbench is supposed to make possible, and yes, I’ve had it happen before, but I still always expect smoke the first time I turn something on.
I made a few changes from last week’s version. Continue reading
There comes a point in any project when one has to find out if it works, but first, there is the “smoke test”: Turn on the power and see if anything goes up in smoke. I smoke tested the A3PN250 … Continue reading
I’ve made lots of small steps on the A3PN250 FPGA breakout board the last two weeks. Firstly, I built an JTAG adapter cable to work around a wiring error on the PCB. When I laid out the board, I accidentally … Continue reading
I’ve recovered from the busy last few months and that means I can spend a little more time at my workbench. The first of the A3PN250 (ProASIC3 nano) FPGA breakout boards is built. Here it is, in all its glory:
After a busy week spent traveling for work and a morning digging out from a surprise snowstorm, I had a great weekend with my family. It was Sunday night before I heated up the soldering iron and got down to business building the ProASIC 3 nano FPGA board.
I started with the toughest component, the FPGA. Its central location and low height means …. Continue reading
Here at last is the printed circuit board layout for the FPGA breakout board. I’m planning a series of projects involving FPGA-based DSP for ham radio, and in order to build them, I need an FPGA and a PCB on which to mount it….
The goals for this layout constrained it to be a nearly single-sided layout, … Continue reading
Yay! Now we’re getting somewhere!
Here is the schematic for the FPGA adapter. Continue reading
To get to my goal of a DSP-based ham radio using an FPGA as the DSP, I first need a way to prototype with an FPGA. Available FPGAs all use modern, small packages such as QFNs, QFPs, and BGAs. I can’t imagine soldering wires directly to a hundred tiny pins, so “dead-bug” construction, with the chip upside-down on a piece of copperclad board, is out. I need a breakout PCB that holds the chip and brings out its pins to something more reasonable to work with. Continue reading