STEPFPGA MXO2Core miniature FPGA development board is based on Lattice MXO2-4000 FPGA, and designed for education with an easy-to-use Web IDE, instead of the more traditional tools that can be frustrating to use, and detailed tutorials.
The board also comes with a 2-digit segment display, some LEDs, push buttons, and a 4-way DIP switch, as well as two rows of twenty pins for I/O expansion, and a USB Type-C port used for power, programming, or mass storage.
STEPFPGA MXO2Core specifications:
- FPGA – Lattice Semi MachXO2 X02-4000 FPGA with 4320 LUTs
- Display – 2-digit segment display
- USB – 1x USB Type-C port for power, programming (UART), and mass storage
- Expansion – 2x 20-pin headers with up to 36x GPIOs, SPI, I2C, 3.3V, VBUS, GND; breadboard-compatible
- Misc – 2x RGB LEDs, 8x red LEDs, 4-way DIP switch, 4x push buttons
- Power Supply – 5V via a USB port
- Dimensions – Small four-layer PCB
The FPGA board does not require any extra drivers, is supported in Windows, Linux, and macOS, and can be programmed in a Web-based IDE from your web browser or Lattice Diamond IDE. Eight samples and tutorials with Web IDE will be available including a 3-8 decoder, an 18-key electronic piano key, elevator control, smart crossroad, and digital lock projects.
The STEPFPGA board, sometimes written STEP FPGA, is offered on Kickstarter with over $30,000 raised for far and about 2 to 3 days left. A $46 US pledge should get you the board, but beginners may want to pledge $86 or $93 to get a copy of a tutorial book (PDF / physical copy) with the board, or even get one of the kits that come with the hardware necessary to complete projects such as the electronic piano. Shipping adds $10 CAD to Canada, and about $11.7 US to the rest of the world. Backers should expect their rewards to get shipped later this month around two weeks after the campaign is over. It’s not the first such board from the company (EIM Technology), as they’ve been selling earlier revisions on Tindie.
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