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Linking a binary blob with GCC

February 19, 2012

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There’s a simple way to include binary data inside an executable, when using a GCC toolchain. The trick relies on using objcopy to transform the binary blob of data into an object file that can be linked. In this example I am creating a binary blob of 16 bytes of random data in file “blob.bin“: […]

JTAGWhisperer: Arduino as a XSVF programmer

February 5, 2012

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Dangerous Prototypes features an interesting project, that is similar to my JTAGduino idea. JTAGWhisperer is a solution to program FPGAs and CPLDs using Arduino and a small client-side Python script. It reads files in the XSVF format, which stands for Xilinx Serial Vector Format and is one of the formats used to program Xilinx chips. […]

Bruce Perens on Open Source Hardware

February 1, 2012

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Linux Conference Australia, Ballarat 2012. The creator of Busybox and co-founder of Debian makes a compelling and rational argument about who should speak for Open Source, and then offers a hopeful perspective on the new frontiers of Open Source Hardware. He is convinced that today there’s plenty of enabling factors to make Open Source Hardware […]