7 Ways to Leave Your Spartan-6 FPGA: Arty S7 Activities

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Note: This is not a standard roadtest. It is part of a program sponsored by AMD-Xilinx called 7 Ways to Leave Your Spartan-6 FPGA. Applying for this roadtest enrolls you into this program and gives you the chance to obtain the ARTY S7 board for the point-earning activities.

About 7 Ways to Leave Your Spartan-6 FPGA
7 Ways to Leave your Spartan-6 is an element14 community program run in conjunction with AMD-Xilinx to teach you about the migration from the Spartan-6 to the Spartan-7 FPGAs.

The AMD-Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA family was introduced in 2009. With current parts shortages, designers are learning how to migrate their designs to the newer Spartan-7 FPGA. element14 is inviting you to participate in this fun activity, where you can win great prizes by putting a twist on an old song with element14’s 7 Ways to Leave Your Spartan-6. To learn more about this program, go here.

How To Play
You have to play to win, and in the process, you'll learn about the Spartan-7 FPGA family. Every two weeks, element14 will go live with a new activity that will help you better understand the Spartan-6 to Spartan-7 FPGA migration. Our judges will award you points for every activity you do. At the end of the program, element14 will tally up the points, and the top point-getters will win some great prizes.

How To Receive An Arty S7
Some of the activities below require a dev board. We have 25 boards to give away for this activity. To get a board, please click the orange ENROLL NOW button and complete a short application form. The best applicants will be shipped a free board.

element14 has only 25 boards to give out. If you don't get a free board, you can still join this competition, but you would need to get a board.

The Activities
The activities for the competition are listed below. Just post your blogs or projects in the FPGA group and tag it with “Spartan_Migration.” The deadline for completion of all activities is August 1, 2022.

In bold are the activities that require an Arty S7 board.

  • Write a blog comparing the differences between the Spartan-6 and Spartan-7 FPGAs. Up to 10 points
  • Take our quiz here with available resource guide to help. Up to 10 points
  • Build a project with the Arty S7. Up to 50 points
  • Ask/answer a question or start a discussion. Up to 25 points
  • Add a sensor to your project. Up to 50 points
  • Use your ongoing project to create an experiment. Up to 50 points
  • Write a summary blog on what you learned about the Spartan-7 FPGA. Up to 15 points

Arty S7 Resources
The Arty S7 is an affordable, ready-to-use development platform designed around the Xilinx Spartan®-7 FPGA family. With the Spartan®-7 devices, the Arty S7 board offers best-in-class performance-per-watt, along with small form-factor packaging to meet the most stringent requirements. With the MicroBlaze Soft Processor Core from Xilinx, you can create embedded applications with a variety of peripherals, memory, and interfaces.

Terms and Conditions

Go here to read the Terms and Conditions of this competition.

Comment List
  • What a great Roadtest!

    By which date (tentatively) will we get to know if we are selected to receive the hardware or not?

  • Sorry, we're currently unable to distribute any products to Russia at this time.

  • Am I correct that there are no chance for Russia based FPGA enthusiasts to enroll this competition? Disappointed

  • 7 Ways to Leave Your Spartan-6 FPGA is an element14 activity where you can get a free Arty S7 board and get a chance to win some fantastic prizes. Here is a link to the prizes.

    I have 25 boards to give away. You will use the boards to earn points. The more points you earn the better chance you have at winning the prizes.

    To participate in this program, go up and click the orange Enroll Now application. Fill in the information, so we have your info for shipping. I made the application for shorter than for roadtests, so you should be able to complete it quickly. We will be starting to look at applications next week. So, apply today.

    If you have any questions about the program, feel free to leave a comment and I'll respond as soon as I can.


    --element14 Team