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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Digilent Design Contest Europe 2015 Finals

The Digilent Design Contest Europe 2015 is finally over, and we can’t wait to share some of our favorite moments!

Talented students and advisers across Europe attended the finals of the Digilent Design Contest 2015 held at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca on May 16-17. Some of them traveled from Italy, France, Serbia, Hungary, and other far-flung regions in Romania driven by the strong desire to show off the projects they have been working for the last four or five months with the Digilent hardware provided.

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My Favorite Digilent Product, the Uno32

When I started working at Digilent as a technical writer in 2012, I had no background in electronics or engineering. I spent my first couple of weeks here learning basics of electronics so that I could better write about what we do. I was handed an Analog Discovery and a chipKIT Uno32 to use and do some basic projects. Since it was one of the first Digilent products I used, it holds a special place in my esteem. What makes it so special?

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MPIDE vs. MPLAB

Previously, I posted about what a debugger is. Other than all the great features I described in my debugger post, you may be wondering–why does Digilent care? As you probably know, we use many of Microchip’s wonderful products in our chipKIT and chipKIT Pro boards. We still want to address the overarching differences between the user experiences using chipKIT and chipKIT Pro boards, so we’re going to talk about the differences between MPLAB and MPIDE!

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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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Come See the Universal Development Board!

Have you been looking for a microcontroller development board that you can use for a wide variety of PIC, PIM and DIP arrangements? We have the board for you! The Universal Development Board (UDB) was created for anyone who wants to be able to utilize multiple functionalities on the same board. You can easily use this board for multiple microcontroller development projects, which makes this board really useful and cool! This board is complex, but don’t be scared away–all the functionality you require was thought of and put into this board.

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Joint E-elements Workshop at Taiwan and the Growing Worldwide Maker Community

Before I conducted the joint CoreEL workshop in September, I went to Taiwan to show educators how to teach electronics using the Digilent Analog Discovery and chipKIT. This was a joint effort with E-elements Technology, Digilent’s distributor and Xilinx’s academic training partner in Taiwan. Field application engineers from E-elements showcased the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable Systems on Chip (SoC) with the Digilent ZEDboard.

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The Making of the Wi-FIRE, Digilent’s First MZ chipKIT

In December 2013, Digilent received a cold call from Imagination Technologies. They loved our WiFi-enabled WF32 — but what if it had the latest PIC32 MZ-architecture processor instead of the MX processor that other chipKIT products have? After all, the MZ not only show-cased Imagination’s IP core (the way the processor is put together), but it was the ideal processor to run FlowCloud, their internet of things (IoT) solution. So, they asked, “Would it be possible to have 1000 of the retooled product by March?” It was with this seemingly out-of-the-blue call that the development of the chipKIT Wi-FIRE began!

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EELive Recap

Digilent’s first foray into EELive was a successful one, thanks to a great message that we believe in: making technology more accessible to the public and encouraging students, professional engineers, educators, and makers to become more involved in the engineering process. Alex, our representative at EELive, was excited about the success of his trip and said that both we and one of our partners, Microchip Technology, did some great demos. Microchip’s demo used their kit to measure the blood pressure, oxygen levels, and pulse automatically. Technology is all around us and can be adapted in new ways, and we are looking forward to next year and all the new ideas to come! Contributed by Caitlin. *Sorry for the blurry photos. Pictures were taken on a phone. To see more pictures follow @DigilentInc and @alexwonglik on Twitter!

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