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Re: Free Parallella Porcupine breakout boards!!

Postby aolofsson » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:11 pm

DeanoC wrote:I don't need one right now but will do at some point, but I can wait until I can purchase one. The two projects I'm working on are

1) A lightweight 2D Core + maybe a 3D core. The ADI dumb frame buffer core is just silly and huge IMHO, so replacing that is coming along nicely. After that would be nice to have enough acceleration for wayland/DirectFB in a small MIT'ed open source core, so even the BSD guys would get the benefit. With the ticket to ride core now open sourced, it kinda knocked my desire to continue a complete 3D core beyond the personal achievement desire, though implementation using the Epiphanies for the shaders (possible also portions of the texture samplers) would be good.
Coming from a games dev background with articles etc. published on graphics and shaders would be nice to be able to say I've written it from the HDL upto fancy fx personally. Kind of like, they say you should make a CPU once in your life... also would be nice to be able to tell IHV GPU vendors actually I do know how hard it is to make HW do X when I ask for something ;)

2) Porting Sproulls FPGAtools to zynq. Xilinx tools don't work most of the time for me and the crappy partial synthesis issue (its an expensive option, when imho its whats really cool about FPGA) make me want an alternative, Torc and fpgatools show its possible, soon, maybe if someone sits down and puts the work in. I've been hacking / figuring out for a bit and I'm now starting to take little hacks into a working framework. So far the checked in code (on my fork) is mostly re-org of sproulls code (he's been unable to extend his work due to time constraints) but as time allows i'm hoping to generate zynq 7020 bitstreams. https://github.com/DeanoC/fpgatools


Are you sure you don't want one right away.:-) I am 100% in support of you work on #1 and #2. Those would be huge boosts for the Parallella community.
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Re: Free Parallella Porcupine breakout boards!!

Postby aolofsson » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:12 pm

joosts wrote:Hi,

I would like to buy (or receive) a Porcupine breakout board since I want to create a tutorial project for our computer engineering students. I was thinking about creating a controller for a follow the line robot with proximity detection.

Being able to directly connect sensors and actuators via a breadboard would greatly simplify and speedup this project.

Thanks in advance,
Joost


Please send a shipping address to support@adapteva.com. Education and robotics are two of our favorite application areas for the Parallella. Look forward to hearing more about what you are doing.
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Re: Free Parallella Porcupine breakout boards!!

Postby aolofsson » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:13 pm

theover wrote:Thanks, Andreas, Iook forward to working a bit on it. Any time frame I can expect to receive it ?

Theo V.


Did you send your shipping address/request to "support@adapteva.com"?
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Re: Free Parallella Porcupine breakout boards!!

Postby theover » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:27 pm

Yep!
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Re: Free Parallella Porcupine breakout boards!!

Postby Veqtor » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:12 am

Me and a team of 4 other designers are building a open hardware modular synthesizer that can act as a hub for live performance with computers, analog modular synthesizers and hardware synthesizers. When the prototype is finished we hope to Kickstart the production.
We will be using the amazing dsp capabilities of the parallella and the great connectivity of the fpga to interface with external devices.
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Re: Free Parallella Porcupine breakout boards!!

Postby aolofsson » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:23 pm

Sounds very cool. Send a note to support@adapteva.com
and well get you hooked up. Will you be writing the dsobsiftware yourselves or do you need some libs?
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Re: Free Parallella Porcupine breakout boards!!

Postby tinkernick » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:40 am

Hi

I have got a base install of ROS running, would be interested in hooking sensors up to it as a potential robot base controller
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Re: Free Parallella Porcupine breakout boards!!

Postby AndyC » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:40 pm

I'm looking at implementing a device that converts MIDI and Open Sound Control (OSC) to CV for modulars and visa versa.

The device will also offer CV generation, envelopes, LFOs, clocks etc and CV manipulation. The CV will be at 48k and can be used for audio.

The idea is to have 8CV in and 8CV out

I have checked out feasibility using audio over TCP/IP and the board is up to the job but need to get some DACs and ADCs connected up now.

I'm quite happy to pay for the board.
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Re: Free Parallella Porcupine breakout boards!!

Postby dpavlin » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:04 pm

I would like to port ZPUino (Arduino IDE with ZPU cpu implemented in FPGA) to Parallella. See http://papilio.cc/index.php?n=Papilio.ZPUinoIntroduction

This would allow easy access to GPIO pins (which is why I'm looking for breakout board :-). Next logical step would be to do Wishbone AXI bridge, so that ZPUino can get access to Epiphany chip as fast accelerator.

Having said all that, I do own Papilio Pro and really like ZPUino. I have just over a year of experience with Spartan 6 and working with FPGAs is not my full-time job, so this would be a hobby project, so if free board is not an option I will have to wait to buy one ;)
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Re: Free Parallella Porcupine breakout boards!!

Postby theover » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:26 pm

This morning the breakout board arrived, and : it cost importation handling and fess :( .

It's such a shame, this European protective market, and those people making their salary only by taxing others, in a way.

Seriously, it's here and looks ok:

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Tonight I'll try the to adjust some GP IO pints with Linux commands, and connect some L.E.D.s or something to them to test it out, thus far I've only fit it under the Parallella board, and it fits.

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