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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!
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:
Digilent’s Basys 3 trainer board is an entry-level FPGA development board with the following features:
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.
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.
For more details, be sure to also check out Adam’s own write up of the workshops.
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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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.
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.