Browsing All posts tagged under »open source hardware«

Arduino creator talks at TED

June 30, 2012

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Massimo Banzi is one of the creators of the Arduino project. He recently did a wonderful talk at TED Global (here the post about it on the official Arduino Blog, if you wanna show some love). At 4:20 he shows a screenshot that could have been taken from my blog post about Arduino schematics, given […]

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 […]

A thesis on Arduino

April 18, 2011

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I’m reading an interesting university thesis on Arduino, from Fabio Varesano’s blog, that I follow: My MoS Thesis: Using Arduino for Tangible Human Computer Interaction | Varesano.net. This thesis is a useful resource especially for people with a Computer Science background; it can generate many project ideas and arm any hobbyist with the tools to […]

Bus Blaster v2 JTAG debugger

April 17, 2011

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Dangerous Prototypes recently announced the availability of the open source Bus Blaster v2 in their shop (here the announcement). The Bus Blaster is an USB tool to debug microcontrollers and embedded cores in general, and its design is completely open source. I already did a post on the first version of the Bus Blaster, but […]

ZPUino open source processor

March 6, 2011

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ZPUino is a project that offers a microprocessor that can be put on FPGA, and that can be programmed with a simple IDE. Everything is open source: the toolchain, the IDE and the VHDL code; and it can be downloaded freely. The hardware architecture is based on the ZPU (Zylin CPU), which is a processor […]

Bus Blaster JTAG debugger

February 27, 2011

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The Bus Blaster v1 is a prototype board (from Dangerous Prototypes) that allows to access the JTAG connection of integrated circuits through USB, using the FTDI FT2232H chip for the conversion. The prototype is on sale at around 35$ as they say on their page, but keep in mind that it is still a prototype, […]