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.
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • Experience and comfort with working within an IDE, and some background in coding and hardware interfacing

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction to FPGA's using the Elbert V2

A introduction to the course explaining materials to be taught.


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.

Section 2: Blinking the LEDs on the Elbert Board

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

Coding the Blink project in VHDL
Configuring the constraints file for our Blink project
Uploading the HDL Blink code to the Elbert using the Numato configuration tool
Interfacing an external LED to Blink with our Elbert
Section 3: Enable the buttons and tie them in to the LEDs
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
Section 4: Toggle the DIP switchs to control the 7-Segment display
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
Section 5: Program an audio sequence to hear on the RCA jack
Coding an audio example in VHDL
Section 6: Motor control for Stepper and Servos
Controlling the speed and direction of an external stepper motor
Externally interfacing the stepper motor
Programming a Servo Motor and externally interfacing the motor
Section 7: Interface a LCD display and construct a message to output
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
Section 8: A Demo program utilizng all the onboard Peripherals
Top Level Boad Demo Program from Numato

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Instructor Biography

Stephen Borsay, 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.

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