Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Digilent Atlys

For Christmas, Santa Claus brought a Digilent Atlys development board for the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA's. Nice board, with a bunch of peripherals (Ethernet, USB, audio, HDMI!, etc).
The HDMI interface and protocol is implemented as firmware in the FPGA. My only test so far was to connect an HDMI output to a monitor and power up the board. It generates a test pattern of colored squares right out of the box. Nice. 2011 is going to be interesting.
While setting it up, I also noticed that Digilent now provides tools for Linux programming and communication with their FPGA boards. Need to check those out as well.