As you probably know, one of Digilent's major focuses is producing FPGA (field programmable gate array) boards and educating the public on FPGA design. One of the classes I was in last semester focused on FGPA design. This class is EE324 at WSU, which is taught by Digilent's own Clint Cole. He gave a background lecture on the History of FPGA chips. Not only was it an extremely interesting lecture, but it also helped me understand the huge leaps in logic design that have been made since the 1960s. This is the history that led to the development of FPGA chips. The chips are the parts that Xilinx makes that we use on our FPGA boards.
The Digilent brand has become pretty pervasive in both the classroom and the industry over the past decade, but the sophistication of our product line belies the small size of our company. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that each of the nearly 14 thousand orders we ship each year are hand-packaged by one of the only three people that make up our shipping department.