[Beowulf] best sophomore-level FPGA reference?
ntmoore at gmail.com
Sat Mar 6 08:27:01 PST 2010
I regularly teach a sophomore/junior level course on digital circuits.
I've recently started paying attention to PLD/FPGA hardware,
particularly Actel's bargain-basement igloo-nano development board,
which is offered at a price that my students could conceivably buy for
I'd like to spend some time talking about FPGA's but have run into two
small problems - asking you-all seems like the easiest solution:
- What's your favorite text that serves as a technical introduction
to FPGA's? (I'm thinking of something parallel to Essick's
"Introduction to LabVIEW") My main text for the course is Floyd's
"Digital Fundametals" which I think is mediocre overall.
- What's your favorite class project involving FPGA programming?
The obvios targets for a project right now seem like they should
feature VHDL (obviously), and tend towards the architectural
"sweet-spot" of FPGA computation, which to me seems like massively
parallel computation of something. I've been thinking about a cartoon
of the features in a digital camera, eg zoom in on an image (bitmap),
rotate an image, etc. If you have something built that you're willing
to share I'd be most grateful.
I hope this isn't too off-topic. I didn't think of FPGA's in the same
terms as beowulfs until I started reading the amazon reviews for
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