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||W29 - Introduction to FPGAs
||Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA's) are user configurable integrated circuits that can be designed to perform specific tasks with true parallelism, unlike microprocessors that operate sequentially. Their flexibility, ease of use, and relatively low cost has made them increasingly popular in a wide variety of applications. This workshop would show attendees how to use the Xilinx ISE development software (a combined smart-editor, simulator, and synthesizer which is available for free on the Xilinx website) to interface with Digilent FPGA-boards. The boards are extremely user friendly, with lots of built-in inputs and outputs, and are also very reasonably priced. The workshop will show users the basics of writing, compiling, and instantiating code and will step attendees through several practical applications.
University of Wisconsin – River Falls