Here at Digilent, a few of us got together and started wondering — what do we want for Christmas? Especially from the Digilent catalogue? And what would we make with those products? We went ahead and asked several people around Digilent for their wishlists, check them out!
James (Engineering Intern): Oh goodness, this is harder than I thought since I haven’t quite “graduated” from the cliche poor college student status and the (sad) truth that I don’t have some of the basic electronics at home to work with already…
But ignoring that, and being a fan of microcontrollers and programming, what I think would be the coolest things to get would be a chipKIT uC32, one of those large (and unfortunately no longer available) PmodOLED2s, and the chipKIT Starter Kit. This gives me a variety of fun, straightforward projects that I can do and teach people to do with a sweet display for endless visual effects.
Larissa (Product Marketing Engineer Manager): Okay, for me I would like a chipKIT WF32, the WS2812 LEDs for awesome projects, an external 5V 2.5A Power supply, and zUNO Clips. That, or an Electronics Explorer Board with the Analog Parts Kit.
Will (Engineering Intern): I am definitely more of an analog guy than a software engineer, so I would say the Analog Discovery. But who doesn’t want an Analog Discovery? So that doesn’t count. As I’m getting more familiar with the Electronics Explorer board though, I’m really starting to enjoy working with it. It has all of the same benefits of the Analog Discovery, but it’s much more robust. That being said, my list would be:
- Electronics Explorer board
- Analog Parts Kit
- And last but not least, the chipKIT Pro MX4 (because robots)
Martha (Technical Writer Intern): If I could have three items, I would want:
I’ve always been interested in getting into robotics, so the MRK+Line is on the top of my list of products from Digilent. I’ve always wanted to play around with a Raspberry Pi, and was pleasantly surprised when I found out that we had a Raspberry Pi compatible chipKIT board. I would also love to start a collection of Pmods for cool projects, but I’ll save that giant wishlist for another day. And of course, I have to throw the WS2812 LED strips in there because everyone loves LEDs.
Kaitlyn (Engineering Intern): When I first starting working with Digilent products I really liked the ease of use and versatility of the chipKIT series. With a very basic knowledge of C and some help from Microchip, you can program a huge variety of projects. But as I’ve started to work more and more with FPGAs I’ve grown more fond of them. You could build your own MIPS compatible processor! With a basic FPGA you can build almost anything from the ground up, and that’s an amazing feeling. If you don’t want to build from the ground up, Xilinx Vivado offers a large library of IPs. So if I could have any 3 things I’d have to make myself an FPGA design kit.
First would be an FPGA:
Then something to test and debug my external signals:
- Analog Discovery
And a Pmod to start playing with:
- Pmod BT2 (because remote control)
Alex (Technical Systems Analyst): I would like to have the Analog Discovery, an Analog Parts Kit, and the Basys3!
What are you wishing for?