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Welcome to the first expanded explanation post in our series on the ‘Components of an FPGA’. This post will describe the architecture of a configurable logic block (CLB) and the functionality this component serves within a field programmable gate array (FPGA).

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Is your inability to accurately identify coin cell batteries negatively impacting your life and affecting your loved ones? Nate is here to help!

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Pushbuttons are an inherent source of problems inside of sensitive circuits. Ideally, we like to think that when a button is pressed it is either “pressed” or “not pressed” without any sort of funny business. Unfortunately, as pushbuttons are a mechanical component, a lack of funny business simply isn’t going to be the case.

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We’ve posted plenty of projects before that make use of Vivado. But how do you begin using it? This Instructable provides a guide to getting started with using Xilinx’s Vivado CAD with the Digilent Nexys 4. Alex uses Verilog to create the logic design. The Digilent Intro to Verilog Project provides an introduction to logic design.

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What is LabVIEW? How do I get started using it? What are some challenges a beginner might face? Miranda explains it all.

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After about a month of working with the chipKIT WF32 using LabVIEW, it came to my attention that the process to get all of the required software installed and working is not the easiest task in the world. That’s why I decided to create an Instructable that goes over how to get your chipKIT WF32 up and running with LabVIEW using LabVIEW MakerHub LINX, a package that is used to interact with common embedded platforms like Arduino, chipKIT, and myRIO. My Instructable also contains some resources to help you with the basics of LabVIEW coding.After about a month of working with the chipKIT WF32 using LabVIEW, it came to my attention that the process to get all of the required software installed and working is not the easiest task in the world. That’s why I decided to create an Instructable that goes over how to get your chipKIT WF32 up and running with LabVIEW using LabVIEW MakerHub LINX, a package that is used to interact with common embedded platforms like Arduino, chipKIT, and myRIO. My Instructable also contains some resources to help you with the basics of LabVIEW coding.

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I have recently been working on SPI and I2C with the chipKIT WF32, LabVIEW Home Bundle, and various Pmods. Using LabVIEW MakerHub LINX, I was able to have the WF32 interface with the different Pmods and LabVIEW. I wrote an Instructable here about how I got the PmodALS (ambient light sensor) to interface with the WF32 which also includes a section on how to read the data sheet to find what you’re looking for. This Instructable was made as a guide so that others can understand how to read the data sheet in order to find the information required to use SPI for various sensors themselves.

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For all those music buffs out there or beginners getting into the art of sound, here’s a quick way to generate your own buzz — but in a creative way. Music is one of the best ways to gather people together. If you’re ready to start on the path of a modern-day Beethoven, then it’s time to gather some parts and get started.

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The chipKIT WF32 was the first Digilent board to have an on-board Wifi MRF24. By using the SD card port and WiFi module, we can host our own server from the WF32. We’re going to check out a demo where you can control the WF32 by using your computer.

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I recently published an Instructable on how to use I2C in LabVIEW using LabVIEW MakerHub LINX, chipKIT WF32, and PmodGYRO as an example. Digilent sells a both LabVIEW Home Bundle and chipKIT WF32 in the LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit. In this Instructable, I go over how to read the data sheet to find what you’re looking for and how exactly to code what you find. This guide also details how to set up pull-up resistors for successful I2C communication.

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When perusing our site, you’ve probably noticed the section entitled programming solutions, or looked through our…

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Have you ever looked at some of our images on Instagram and wondered how we compose them? Well, now you can learn how to take “Digilent style” photos with Quinn’s handy guide!

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Implementation of an instruction pipeline is a common technique used when working with microprocessors. Pipelining improves operation and processing time. Microprocessors such as the Microchip® PIC32MX460F512L on the chipKIT Pro MX4 board use this technology to provide efficient processing and instruction execution. Though the process is sophisticated, it is actually quite simple in concept. In my explanation of instruction pipelines, I’ll specifically refer to the Microchip PIC32 microprocessor.

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