Learning About FPGAs, Part 2

In the second part of this tutorial, Shawn Hymel discusses how to use FGPA toolsets to start a project.

Spencer Chin, Senior Editor

September 9, 2022

fpgaphoto.jpgA number of tools are available to help designers develop and work with FGPAS. Hymel discusses the open-source Ice40 FPGA toolchain, which includes apio, yosys, nextpnr, and Project IceStorm. He walks the designer through tool selection, installation, and usage, apio, and gives examples of projects appropriate for these tools.

Although FPGAs may sound a bit intimidating at first, Hymel puts those concerns to rest by clearly showing the steps to implement and use an FPGA tool, using apio as an example. The tool contains numerous drop-down menus and other aids to guide the user, and Hymel discusses how to use the tools various features efficiently to improve design productivity.

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About the Author(s)

Spencer Chin

Senior Editor, Design News

Spencer Chin is a Senior Editor for Design News, covering the electronics beat, which includes semiconductors, components, power, embedded systems, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and other related subjects. He is always open to ideas for coverage. Spencer has spent many years covering electronics for brands including Electronic Products, Electronic Buyers News, EE Times, Power Electronics, and electronics360. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him at @spencerchin.

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