The Procrastinator’s Guide to Gift Giving

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If you’re like some of us here at Digilent you may be starting your holiday panic right about now. As you finish off this year you might be thinking, “What am I going to buy for everyone I love?” or “Will I ever be able to find what I need?”. Thankfully you’re right on schedule for achieving holiday shopping success with the procrastinator’s guide to gift giving. Find everything you need for those you love, or get something special for yourself, using our helpful gift giving suggestion guide below.

Analog Parts Kit ($75.00) – The Analog Parts Kit makes a great gift for makers with tons of components for makerspace projects. Use a variety of transistors, capacitors, resistors and more to recreate circuits (such as those seen in our Circuit Thursday posts) or use the kit with the Analog Discovery 2 for advanced electronics project capabilities!

WF32 WiFi Microcontroller ($29.00) – This sturdy little microcontroller is a maker’s best friend when beginning and continuing their journey into the world of electronics. Equipped with WiFi capability, the WF32 is perfect for makers joining the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. Its 32-bit MIPS processor core supports advanced processing, and with the ability to handle 7V-15V power at input this microcontroller is a versatile makerspace option.

Digilent Screwdriver ($2.00) – These screwdrivers make great stocking stuffers for makers who lack the tools to create small projects. Find these handy helpers for a limited time in the WE MADE TOO MUCH sale.

Electronics Explorer ($399.00) – While a little pricey, the Electronics Explorer Board is a great option for makers wishing to learn more about analog and digital circuits. Built around a solderless breadboard, this board includes all of the test and measurement equipment needed to design, build, and test circuits in any setting.

Arty Artix-7 FPGA Board ($99.00) – Designed with makers in mind, the Arty FPGA Development Board supports MicroBlaze Soft Processing with enormous flexibility. This board is perfect for beginners looking to improve their engineering knowledge, with multiple support tutorials in its resource center to get them started.

LabVIEW Physical Computing Kits ($89.00) – These popular kits include three board options, all of which communicate with LabVIEW Home Edition using the LINX 3.0 library. Choose between the popular Raspberry Pi 2, BeagleBone Black, and WF32 for endless project opportunities using the power of LabVIEW!

LabVIEW Interaction Parts Kit ($55.00) – Make your maker friends overjoyed with a LabVIEW Interaction Parts Kit. This part kit includes all of the components one needs to interface with the outside world using their LabVIEW-connected device!

Wi-Pi USB WiFi Module ($9.99) – Help a maker bring projects to life with the Wi-Pi USB WiFi Module. This high performance device is a great gift option for makers wanting to add WiFi functionality to their Raspberry Pi projects. Check out how our interns used the Wi-Pi and LabVIEW to create roaming robots with WiFi communication capabilities!

Basys 3 Artix-7 FPGA Trainer Board ($149.00) – Recommended for introductory users, the Basys 3 is a great board for students learning digital logic and FPGA principles. The Basys 3 arrives ready-to-use with the Vivado Design Suite, engaging introductory engineers with a large collection of on-board I/O devices to support FPGA circuit development.

Peripheral Modules ($4.00 – $39.99) – Students are often strapped for cash, which make our peripheral modules the perfect accessory for engineering projects. Each peripheral module is designed for extending the capabilities of programmable logic and embedded control boards, and their small size make them ideal for students who are always on-the-go. Check out our wide variety of Pmods categorized by function, protocol, and pinout, and don’t forget to browse our Pmod Advent Calendar with daily deals on some of our most popular Pmod devices!

PYNQ-Z1 Python Productivity for Zynq ($229.00) – The relatively new PYNQ-Z1 board is ideal for students learning Python programming. This board is designed to be used with PYNQ, a new open-source framework that enables embedded programmers to exploit the capabilities of Xilinx Zynq All Programmable SoCs (APSoCs). Find out more about why this board, along with its extensive online support on the PYNQ site, is the ideal choice for helping new students learn Python programming.

Zybo Zynq-7000 Trainer Board ($189.00) – The Zybo Zynq-7000 Trainer Board is a great gift option for students learning FPGA principles with embedded Linux. Relatively quick to get up and running, this board comes fully supported with a number of tutorials and a Pmod Pack for adding future functionality!

Analog Discovery 2 Student Bundle ($339.00) – Our beloved Analog Discovery 2 now comes as a student ready bundle for students desiring on-the-go, powerful project support. Give students the capability to build a wide variety of useful circuits and devices from the large selection of parts and components included with this kit. This bundle also saves you $15 off the original price of buying each part separately.

LabVIEW Home Bundle ($49.99) – Give a student the opportunity to complete projects from the comfort of home with the LabVIEW Home Bundle. This bundle includes the full 32-bit version of LabVIEW, built for home (non-commercial) use in problem solving, data acquisition & analysis, instrument control, automated testing & validation, prototyping, and more. Explore the many ways you can use LabVIEW from home to finish school assignments, then expand your project potential with the LabVIEW MakerHub.

Analog Discovery 2 ($279.00) – Bring benchtop functionality to an experienced engineer near you with the Analog Discovery 2. This portable device supplies enormous flexibility as a 100MS/s USB oscilloscope, logic analyzer, and variable power supply, fit to enhance any project in the works! Read more about this device and its potential to improve your engineering experience then find out about its IoT applications.

Genesys 2 Kintex-7 FPGA Development Board ($1,299.00) – If you’re looking for hardware well suited for data and video processing applications then look no further! The Genesys 2 FPGA Development Board is built around the Kintex-7 FPGA from Xilinx, offering substantial capacity, performance, and resources for the experienced engineer.

NetFPGA-SUME Virtex-7 FPGA Development Board ($6,995.00) – Satisfy an experienced engineer’s needs for high-performance and high-density networking design with the NetFPGA-SUME Virtex-7 FPGA Development Board. This board is perfect for those who need to conduct cutting edge research and development of state-of-the-art networking systems, such as those needed for current design competitions! Featuring one of the largest and most complex FPGAs ever produced, this board is sure to make any engineering heart melt.

Nexys Video Artix-7 FPGA ($490.00) – If you have an experienced engineer in mind who loves audio and video development projects then the Nexys Video is another great board to consider. This FPGA features several components that make it ideal for developing audio/video applications, with high bandwidth external memories, three high-speed digital video ports, and a 24-bit audio codec. Find support materials and numerous tutorials on the reference site, helping engineers quickly get projects up and running.

Nexys Video Pmod Pack ($70.00) – Support greater audio and video project functionality with the Nexys Video Pmod Pack. This pack includes a selection of Pmods, such as the Pmod JSTK2 (two-axis Joystick), Pmod KYPD (16-button Keypad), and Pmod WiFi (WiFi interface 802.11g), perfect for expanding project possibilities.

ZedBoard Zynq-7000 Development Board ($495.00) – If cost is an issue, the ZedBoard Zynq-7000 Development Board provides a low-cost alternative for AP SoC development. This board contains everything necessary to create a Linux®, Android®, Windows®, or other OS/RTOS based design with vast design target applications. Explore new potential with Petalinux documentation aiding experienced engineers in novel designs.

We hope this guide helps inspire you this holiday season with products that compliment any level of engineering experience. Whether looking for simple projects or advanced design opportunities, find help through the Digilent Forum and remember to keep an eye on our Pmod Advent Calendar and WE MADE TOO MUCH sale for holiday deals on great gift-worthy products!

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I am an apparel merchandiser who found comfort in the world of electronics after discovering a passion for making projects with copious amounts of glitter. Every day I work on learning and uncovering novel solutions that guide me towards solving life’s little problems. My optimism and two rescue puppies have kept me sane throughout this endeavor as I figure out how to blend two diverse backgrounds in fashioning something amazing that will eventually lead to world domination.

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