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Meetup: FPGA Basics Pt 1, Using KiCAD, Designing OSHW & more!

Inaugural event! We begin with a discussion of FPGAs and FPGA board design + Xilinx ISE / Webpack and more by Matt Berggren. This is the first in a multi-part series focusing on using FPGAs, including an in-depth look at building an FPGA board (Xilinx, Spartan 6 LX9), power considerations, layout, etc; also a first look at building FPGA systems, JTAG programming, debug, and more. Later we'll get into HDL-based entry, mixed HDL / SCH / state machines, simulation and synthesis, and more.

We also have Mike Szczys, Editor in Chief from Hackaday! Mike will be discussing "Community built Open Hardware: The case of Mooltipass". For those that don't know, Mootlipass is a USB Password manager built by the Hackaday community and staff across the open web. Mike will discuss the challenges (and rewards) in designing open hardware across the web. 

Last but not least! Chris Gammell is here (from the Amp Hour podcast). Chris discusses using using KiCAD and will have a look at the latest round of KiCAD features and enhancements from CERN (of which there are many)! Expect to learn more about using KiCAD and the KiCAD development process, resources, and where to get started if you care to contribute to KiCAD. 

We welcome other presentations and content from attendees. Please contact the meeting organizer if you want to demo something to the group. We will reserve time to show off projects once we have a sense for who and how many we have.

Speakers will be available to answer questions and provide feedback and support wherein possible. Food and drinks are provided and spaces are limited! Please be sure to give up your spot if you can't attend.

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  • Joshua V.

    Matt's board is back in stock at the Hackaday store! (glad I was finally able to snag one) I wonder if this rev has the logic-level-translation chip...

    November 21, 2014

  • Craig B.

    Thanks for hosting! This was the kick in the pants I needed to renew my OSHW project, which I'm redesigning in KiCad.

    August 24, 2014

  • Kelsey B.

    What a friendly, interesting group– and excellent presentations!

    2 · August 15, 2014

  • Stephen B.

    Really informative talks last night, thanks again. Looking forward to the next one.

    2 · August 15, 2014

    • Matt B.

      So glad you could make it! Look for an email with the slides and such. We'll also have the video processed and uploaded (hopefully) this weekend. Hopefully it looks ok.

      August 15, 2014

  • Bob C.

    Matt, is there any chance that you could stream the meeting, or maybe record it for later viewing? Those of us on the waitlist would be most appreciative.

    August 10, 2014

    • Matt B.

      Hi bob, I will certainly video the event and make it available online either after the event or possibly via stream. Likely that for this first event, it'll get posted online afterward. :)

      1 · August 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What level of knowledge is recommended for this meeting. Also will this meeting be repeated? I got notified after it was already full. Thanks

    August 9, 2014

    • Matt B.

      Re: repeating, I may do it. If there's interest and we fill up, could be the kind of thing we repeat. Unfortunately, this first venue has a hard limit at about 40 people without being kind of uncomfortable. We welcome suggestions for other venues!

      August 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Matt this may be too advanced for me sadly. I may come to a future event if there are plenty of seats available.

      August 9, 2014

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