What Are Muxes and Demuxes?

A huge part of FPGA design is using logic blocks in design. With logic blocks, you can compartmentalize your design, rather than trying implement everything in one shot. Designing without smaller blocks would be like trying to design a car without subsystems like the braking system or engine. About half of the way through the course there is a project that covers a variety of basic logic blocks, including multiplexers (muxes) and demultiplexers (demuxes). So what are muxes and demuxes?

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Digilent and Xilinx at Higher Education Conference 2014

Xilinx University Program and Digilent China, our licensed partner in China, recently attended the Teaching Electronics Innovation Technology for Higher Education Conference 2014. The conference was organized by 360 Electronic Engineering Technology, one of the most popular engineering education portals in China. This conference is held for a month across China in Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin, Xian, Nangjing, Wuhan, Chengdu, and Guangzhou.

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Come Attend Our First Ever Workshop in Chile

Digilent is proud to announce that together with our Chilean distribution partner, Ingeniería MCI Ltda (Olimex), we will be hosting two workshops, “Hands-on digital design using Xilinx Vivado” and “Using Digilent Analog Discovery to analyze the engineering design” from November 12-13 in Santiago. This digital design workshop will provide professors, makers, and students with an introduction to digital design tool flow in Xilinx All Programmable devices using Xilinx Vivado Design Suite. For the Digilent Analog Discovery workshop, attendees can learn how to use the portable tool to analyze their own designs (e.g., analog and digital circuits) and eventually create innovative projects.

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The Best of the Best: Digilent Design Contest Worldwide Finals 2014

To me, one of the most enjoyable company events is being a judge for the Digilent Design Contest US each year. I get to meet the talented students who are involved and play around the innovative applications powered by Digilent hardware. As Digilent boards are used worldwide, the Digilent Design Contest is also held worldwide in Europe, Japan, and China. Every two years, Digilent will bring top teams from each region to compete for the world championship. This year, the worldwide finals were held at the Digilent China Training Center in Shanghai.

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Nexys vs. Basys

At Washington State University, the electrical engineering department uses Digilent FPGAs in several classes. Students are allowed to pick from a variety of our FPGAs. The main choice is between the Nexys or Basys lines of FPGAs. As a student, I hear a lot of confusion from students about the differences between the two series of boards. I figured that students can’t be the only ones who have questions about the difference, so I decided to write a quick summary of the differences. I’ll be using the Nexsys 4 and the soon-to-be newest member of the Basys series as an example. I’ve compiled two lists to highlight the differences between the two.

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ZYBO and Pmods in Electronics Design Magazine!

In this month’s edition of Electronics Design Magazine, a rather nice article calling out both our new ZYBO processor board and our Pmods™ was written. Bill Wong, the article’s author, discusses many of the user experience improvements that Xlinx has made in regards to their latest Zynq-7000 multi-core, ARM A9+FPGA processor. In those improvements he mentions both our newest ZYBO board and our Pmods™!

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