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 other partners, is pleased to welcome you to the Xilinx FPGA Playground, where we’ll showcase Crowd Supply projects built on Xilinx FPGAs and hold giveaways, workshops, livestreams, and other events around the latest FPGA technologies and tools.
If so, you may be eligible to join the Xilinx FPGA Playground and enjoy these benefits:
To be eligible, your project must uniquely showcase Xilinx technology and pass the usual vetting process applied to all Crowd Supply projects. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis and solely at the discretion of Xilinx and Crowd Supply. To get started, submit your Crowd Supply project proposal and mention your interest in participating in the Xilinx FPGA Playground.
On December 15, 2021 Crowd Supply’s Helen Leigh discussed the Precursor project with its creators, bunnie and xobs. Precursor is a mobile device designed from the ground up with security and privacy in mind. At its heart is a low-power Xilinx Spartan 7-Series that runs a RISC-V core. It’s been about a year since their Crowd Supply campaign, and bunnie and xobs are hard at work preparing for delivery. To celebrate, we gave away a Precursor to one luck winner!
In February and March 2021, we gave away twenty Digilent Basys 3 trainer boards for the Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA, a self-guided WTFPGA beginners workbook, and a livestreamed online workshop with professional FPGA instructor Adam Taylor, which is archived below. Read the full recap for more details and archived recordings of the training sessions.
Many Crowd Supply projects depend on the quality and functionality of Xilinx FPGA parts. Here are a few examples:
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 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.
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.
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