Aug 292014
 

… is not a car, but ARM “Bare Metal Widget”. It features:

  • NXP LPC1114FDH28 32-bit Cortex-M0 microcontroller
  • 70 x 43mm footprint,
  • lithium polymer battery and USB power selection,
  • a lithium polymer battery charger,
  • a 2-megabyte Flash memory,
  • a basic user interface,
  • a FTDI-cable compatible UART header,
  • JTAG-SWD,
  • 16 I/O for connectivity.

The arm-bmw is open hardware (CC-BY-4.0 licensed) and open source (MIT licensed).

Aug 252014
 

Parallax opens Propeller design as Verilog source codeThe Propeller 1 (P8X32A) is now a 100% open multicore microcontroller, including all of the hardware and tools: Verilog code, Spin interpreter, PropellerIDE and SimpleIDE programming tools, and compilers. The Propeller 1 may be the most open chip in its class. Here is a live demo.

Aug 242014
 

CHOCHI is a minimal XC3S50 FPGA board with 128K of fast SRAM and 31 IO pins – preconfigured as 45MHz 6502 computer! You can program it in 6502 assembler, BASIC, Forth or C.

Other features:

  • fit 4 Picoblaze cores
  • use as a generic FPGA board for any purpose whatsoever
  • use the JTAG port to update the system or make your own