In this post we take a look at how the eminently affordable Xilinx Artix-7 based Digilent Arty Board — which was designed with makers and hobbyists in mind — can be configured with an open source RISC-V microcontroller that can optionally be built from RTL sources, and which can then be programmed via the Arduino IDE or alternatively a makefile driven GNU toolchain.
The author of this project is Andrew Back, Open source advocate and founder of Open Source Hardware User’s group. For hardware, he uses just the Arty and an ARM-USB-TINY-H USB JTAG adapter to provide a debug/programming connection to the RISC-V core. He then details step-by-step his process for making this customizable microcontroller platform.
This project opens up a whole world of possibilities involving the Arty. So if you are interested, head over to RS Online to see the full article on how to get started yourself! And make sure to let us know in the comments below, or on social media, what you plan to make with this awesome setup!