Inexpensive FPGA development and prototyping by example
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Inexpensive FPGA development and prototyping by example

Learn how to code the Numato Elbert V2 FPGA Development board by programming the on-board and external peripherals.
4.4 (11 ratings)
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Created by Stephen Borsay
Last updated 9/2017
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to access and use peripherals on the Numato Elbert FPGA
  • Practice with the external interfacing of peripherals to the Elbert
  • Work with the fundamental constructs of VHDL and Verlilog to create "digital building blocks"
  • Become comfortable with integrating different digital components into a cohesive system
  • Quick prototyping with the Elbert
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  • Experience and comfort with working within an IDE, and some background in coding and hardware interfacing

In this course we cover programming the low cost Numato Elbert V2 FPGA development board with the Xilinx Spartan 3A chip. Using the free Xilinx ISE webpack IDE software we program multiple examples in both Verilog and VHDL. Besides coding and interfacing the on-board peripherals like the 7-segment display, DIP switches, buttons, LEDs, and audio we also externally prototype some simple examples using Servo and Stepper motors, LCDs and character displays. All examples are done with inexpensive components that are easy to acquire and interface.

This course will help the practicing engineer get up to speed with the basics of FPGA's. It's also well suited for the advanced engineering student interested in digital design, and is appropriate for the technologically savvy hobbyist wanting to gain knowledge of configurable logic in an effort to expand their designs.

We will be going throigh examples including:

1. LEDs 2. switches 3. buttons 4 seven segment display 5. GPIO's 5 audio 7. Stepper motor 8. servo motor 9. LCD 10. other examples

Limited time: course is $9, will go up to $19soon.. Remember you can get your money back if unhappy with the course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Suitable for Engineering students with an interest in digital logic
  • Applicable to working engineers wanting more knowledge of HDL and FPGAs
  • Hobbyists who want to "make" with FPGA's and reconfigurable logic
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
Introduction to FPGA's using the Elbert V2
2 Lectures 03:43

A introduction to the course explaining materials to be taught.

Preview 02:06

A short video explaining the previous free Udemy video lecture series to be used as an introduction to the course. Also a link to the material and parts used in external prototyping for the course.

Preview 01:37
Blinking the LEDs on the Elbert Board
5 Lectures 32:06

Introduction to course content and goals utilizing the Xilinx FPGA based Numato Elbert Development Board

Preview 05:33

Uploading the HDL Blink code to the Elbert using the Numato configuration tool

Interfacing an external LED to Blink with our Elbert
Enable the buttons and tie them in to the LEDs
4 Lectures 21:18
Setting up and coding our Button project in Verilog in the Xilinx ISE

Altering our Button Program

Doing a similar Button project in VHDL

Interfacing external LEDs with the on-board buttons
Toggle the DIP switchs to control the 7-Segment display
6 Lectures 31:56
Programming a DIP Switch to 7-Segment display example in VHDL

Configuring the Constraint file in our DIP to 7-Segment display program

Another example of DIP Switches to 7-Segment Display now using a clock

A Verilog example utilizing the DIPs with the 7-Segment display

Setting the constraints for our Verilog exaple

Externally interfacing a 7-Segment Display with our program
Program an audio sequence to hear on the RCA jack
1 Lecture 07:30
Coding an audio example in VHDL
Motor control for Stepper and Servos
3 Lectures 13:14
Controlling the speed and direction of an external stepper motor

Externally interfacing the stepper motor

Programming a Servo Motor and externally interfacing the motor
Interface a LCD display and construct a message to output
5 Lectures 19:22
Coding a Message in VHDL to Display on an LCD

Setting up the power and wiper connections

Tieing in up the Constraits

Setting up the signal lines

Setting up the Data Lines and displaying our message
A Demo program utilizng all the onboard Peripherals
1 Lecture 02:41
Top Level Boad Demo Program from Numato
About the Instructor
Stephen Borsay
4.2 Average rating
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5,309 Students
3 Courses
computer Engineer in embedded systems

Steve Borsay is a Degreed Computer Engineer and electronic hobbyist with an interest in making embedded systems understandable and enjoyable to other enthusiasts of all experience and knowledge levels. Technical training and product instruction available for FPGA's, MCU's, Arduino, EDA, embedded systems, and other technical areas. Also thee Portland Ambassador for  I will try to answer all questions with a focus on student and professional development.