• The future of "FPGA only" chips compared to SoC and its impact on FPGA engineers

    Hi All,

    We all have noticed the evolution of FPGA from "FPGA-only" chips (from Spartan) to the current generation of Zynq based SoC's and MPSoC's.

    The premise for the "7 ways to to Leave your Spartan-6" prompting designs to be migrated…

  • Will Spartan-6 be totally left out migrating to Spartan-7 and further in series? Your thoughts?

    Its amazing to see rapid advancements in parallel computing and FPGA technologies in recent days with things growing super complex. This Spartan-6 to 7 migration is likely one of the good example for this. We have been seeing companies keeping themselves…

  • Sharing vivado projects


    I have just finished a project for the 7 Ways to Leave Your Spartan-6, and I wanted to share the project files on GitHub. I found that for version control projects should be saved/shared using .tcl build scripts. I have seen couple of tutorials (

  • My Arty S7 board has killed three USB 3.0 ports on my Microsoft Surface Studio 2 computer.

    Yesterday while loading a new bitstream to the Arty S7 50 rev. B the board turned off. At first I thought it was the board, I powered it via USB with a power bank and the board worked. So I tried all three USB 3.0 ports on the computer, a Microsoft Surface…

  • Hackster.io "Level Up Tech Series" features the Spartan-7 FPGA family

    Next month, June 2022, the Hackster.io "Level Up Tech Series" features the Spartan-7 FPGA family

    Level Up Tech Series with AMD-Xilinx (hackster.io)

  • Vivado installing on Windows without admin

    Hello guys,

    While I'm anxiously waiting for my Arty S7 board, I wonder if anyone knows of a portable install of Vivado.

    I'm going to use it on my work PC, because it's much faster than mine, and I don't have admin rights on it...

  • 7 Ways to Leave Your Spartan-6 Challenge - What Toolchain version are you using?

    It appears that some challengers have received their Arty S7 boards (lots of recent blogs).

    Since I'm currently ruminating about an issue that I think most of us will face - I thought it would be a good topic for discussion.

    These boards are 2017 vintage…

  • Arty S7 rev B vs Arty S7 rev E? Somewhat confused.

    I received the Digilent Arty S7 50 rev B Board for the  7 Ways to Leave Your Spartan-6 FPGA program. See intro blog: Arty S7 50 First Power Up and Hardware-Only Blinky

    According to this Digilent forum post the rev B should be released sometime in 2017