Instruction Pipelines

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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Solar Powered Robot — UV Index vs. Solar Energy

If you’ve been around the Digilent Blog, you’ve probably seen a lot of robots. Remember Susan the Line-Following Pig? Well, I recently found a small, portable solar panel in the MakerSpace at Digilent and I was inspired to build a solar-powered robot. Similar to Susan, I will be using the chipKIT Pro MX4 and the Digilent Motor Robot Kit (MRK) for my solar-powered design. However, when I first came up with this idea, it was the middle of winter. That being said, sunlight was quite a bit more scarce, especially up here in Pullman, WA. I first had to ask an important question: will I have enough sun?

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Something’s Goin’ on Here!

It’s no secret that Digilent has gone through some major changes over the last couple of years. We were acquired by National Instruments, which has been very beneficial. Along with that has come the realization that it’s time to re-brand ourselves, updating our website and associated documentation.

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Christmas Wishlists!

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!

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