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Want to learn about FPGAs, but don’t know where to start? You’re in the right place! Xilinx, in partnership with Crowd Supply and Digilent, is pleased to welcome you to the Xilinx FPGA Playground. In February and March 2021, we gave away twenty Digilent Basys 3 trainer boards for the Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA, a self-guided WTFPGA workbook to get you started, and a livestreamed online workshop with professional FPGA instructor Adam Taylor, which is archived below. If you’re curious about FPGAs, there’s never been a better time to get started!

The FPGAuary Giveaway is a Wrap!

Twenty lucky winners received a Basys 3 trainer board by Digilent, a printed WTFPGA workshop booklet by Joe Fitz of SecuringHardware.com, and access to livestreamed FPGA training by Adam Taylor of Adiuvo Engineering and Training! Winners were randomly chosen by Crowd Supply from all unique subscribers to this page as of February 28, 2021. In the end, there were over 2,000 entries and over 350 workshop attendees.

Twenty lucky winners received:

  • One Basys 3 Artix-7 FPGA Trainer Board ($149 MSRP)
  • WTFPGA workbook for self-guided practice
  • Access to livestreamed professional training
  • Limited-edition bonus gifts

Basys 3 Trainer Board

Digilent’s Basys 3 trainer board is an entry-level FPGA development board with the following features:

  • Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA (XC7A35T-1CPG236C)
    • 33,280 logic cells in 5200 slices (each slice contains four 6-input LUTs and 8 flip-flops)
    • 1,800 Kbits of fast block RAM
    • Five clock management tiles, each with a phase-locked loop (PLL)
    • 90 DSP slices
    • Internal clock speeds exceeding 450 MHz
    • On-chip analog-to-digital converter (XADC)
  • Programming
    • Designed exclusively for the Vivado Design Suite
    • Free WebPACKâ„¢ download for standard use
    • Digilent USB-JTAG port
    • Serial flash
  • Connectivity
    • USB A HID Host for mice, keyboards, and memory sticks
    • USB micro-B
    • Four 12-pin Pmod ports
    • 12-bit VGA output
    • USB-UART bridge
  • User Interfaces
    • 16 x user switch
    • 16 x user LED
    • 5 x user pushbutton
    • 1 x four-digit seven-segment display
  • Pmod Expandability
    • 3 x standard 12-pin Pmod port
    • 1 x dual purpose XADC signal / standard Pmod port

WTFPGA Workbook

This battle-tested, self-guided, introductory FPGA workbook by Joe Fitz of SecuringHardware.com is designed to take about two hours to complete. It includes a series of exercises that build a basic understanding of FPGAs, how they work, and how to program them in Verilog. You will practice learning how to blink LEDs, display salutations, use switches and buttons as input, do some type conversion, and even implement a simple calculator.

A previous version of the WTFPGA workshop ran with over sixty participants during Crowd Supply’s inaugural Teardown hardware conference in 2018.

Livestreamed FPGA Workshop with Adam Taylor

After your self-guided WTFPGA workshop, dive even further down the FPGA rabbit hole with professional FPGA instructor Adam Taylor! Adam is the founder of Adiuvo Engineering and Training and the visiting Professor of Embedded Systems at the University of Lincoln. Adam has been working with Xilinx and Arm-based FPGA and embedded processors for the last seven years and most recently he has been developing with the Cortex-M1 and Cortex-M3 processors via DesignStart FPGA.

Workshop Session 1

Workshop materials for the first session are free to download.

Workshop Session 2

Workshop materials for the second session are free to download.

For more details, be sure to also check out Adam’s own write up of the workshops.

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Projects Powered by Xilinx

Many Crowd Supply projects depend on the quality and functionality of Xilinx FPGA parts. Here are a few examples:

NeTV2

The NeTV2 is a flexible FPGA development board built for video applications. It provides several HDMI input and output ports, 512 MB of onboard DDR3, connectivity options including PCI Express and Raspberry Pi control, and a convenient migen/LiteX based SoC environment. The onboard Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA is a powerful substrate for video processing.

PicoEVB

PicoEVB breaks the mold of FPGA development boards, fitting an Artix-7 XC7A50T, a PCI Express interface, coax MGT I/O, and an onboard USB-JTAG debugger into a tiny 22 mm x 30 mm package. Developers can explore PCI Express applications in any laptop or desktop with a spare M.2 A or E key slot.

Air-T

AIR-T

The Artificial Intelligence Radio Transceiver (AIR-T) is a high-performance software-defined radio (SDR) seamlessly integrated with state-of-the-art processing and deep learning inference hardware. It relies on the Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA for strict real-time operations.

About Xilinx

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Updates


Apr 22, 2021

FPGA Workshop Video Archives Now Available

The FPGAuary Giveaway was a huge success! We received over 2,000 signups, over 350 people attended the livestreamed workshop, and prize boxes went out to 20 lucky winners around the world, including in the US, India, Germany, Chile, Hong Kong, and Mexico, to name just a few! Read the full update.


Mar 10, 2021

Giveaway Ended

Thanks to everyone who entered the FPGA Playground giveway program! We had over 2000 entries for 20 prizes. We've randomly selected our 20 winners, and contacted them directly. If you didn't receive an email from us already, you unfortunately were not a winner. However, because there was so much demand for this introduction to FPGAs, we are going to make the professional training by Adam Taylor available to anyone who would like to attend. Read the full update.

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