Monthly Archives: August 2017

Splitting the Atom

It’s not everyday that you meet someone with the talent and tenacity of Dave Banks (@hoglet67 on Twitter).  In less than three days, Dave ported his FPGA based Acorn Atom from Xilinx and VHDL across to Lattice ICE40 and verilog. … Continue reading

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A Minimum Interactive Language Toolkit

In previous posts I began to describe a minimum interactive language toolkit which could work standalone in virtually any small microcontroller. Here are the following prerequisites I stated in the previous post:  Interactive – commands may be typed at the … Continue reading

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Minimal Computing – some more thoughts

This post is concerned with minimal computing – a subject that is close to my heart. I write this on the day that my Employers have suffered a major ransom-ware cyber attack on their servers and IT systems, bringing the … Continue reading

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Minimal CPUs – “One Page Computing”

As I continue to explore the boundaries between computing hardware, firmware and software as part of an effort to reduce the perceived complexity to something that I can understand, the idea arose for a computing platform with an artificially imposed … Continue reading

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Getting started with myStorm BlackIce

  Getting Started with myStorm BlackIce Introduction myStorm BlackIce is a unique combination of low power FPGA and ARM microcontroller designed and manufactured specifically to bring affordable FPGA open source  hardware and software to Hobbyists, Makers and Students. Working in … Continue reading

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Exploring DIY CPUs

In the last couple of posts I described how I have used a TI MSP430 Launchpad to emulate the 1949 Cambridge University EDSAC machine. This opens up the possibility of using a similar scheme to emulate virtually any DIY cpu, … Continue reading

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When you are strapped for resources……

In early August, I spent a few days on the Greek peninsula of Kassandra, to the south of Thessaloniki. In order to keep my mind stimulated and an excuse to keep out of the full-on daytime sun, I took along … Continue reading

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