We didn’t get through all of the sides in the last class. This class will be picking up with adding LEDs to the design. At a minimum, we should be able to get the LEDs to display the analog values. If there is time left over, we will add VGA to the design so that the analog values are displayed on a monitor. An example will be given with a vertical bar that shows the value. If time permits, everyone will get a chance to come up with a way to display the analog value.
For those of you with a Nexys3, Basys2, or Atlys, you will be able to connect a VGA cable directly. For those using a Mojo or some other board without a VGA connection, please E-Mail email@example.com stating that you need a VGA breakout cable! There are several breakout cables from last class, but we need to make sure there are enough on hand.
The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class.
1. Overview of last class
2. Add LEDs to the design
3. Wire up chip & variable resistor
4. Run design using LEDs to display analog value
5. Add VGA to the current design
6. Add code to display analog value on VGA
7. Display the value any way you want!
If you would like to join the class, then please E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The class is now to a point where you need to know VHDL prior to joining. We also stream the class on Google Hangouts. Please send an E-Mail to email@example.com if you would like to join the Google Hangout.
**IMPORTANT** You *MUST* have ISE (not Vivado!) installed prior to the start of class!!! ISE can take upwards of 30 minutes to an hour to install. We will not have time to wait for ISE to be installed. Please go to here and download the ISE Design Suite package for your operating system. If you have licensing or installation issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
1. FPGA development board with Spartan 3 or Spartan 6
2. USB cable for programming
3. JTAG programmer if your board does not have USB
4. Laptop **with ISE installed** and either wired or wireless network connectivity
5. VGA breakout (red, green, blue, horizontal sync, vertical sync, and ground) if you do not have a VGA connector on your dev board.
1. VGA breakout if you let the instructor know
3. Variable resistor (random value)
We have been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can (sometimes) purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly and is on a case-by-case basis from Digilent.
Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!