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When all you have is a hammer…….

Last weekend I attended a retro-computing fair at the Centre of Computing History in Cambridge.  This was my first visit to this popuar museum and I was impressed by the range of exhibits that they had on show. 35 years … Continue reading

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Arduino meets open FPGA

Arduino is the Marmite of embedded programming – you either love it or hate it. Regardless of how you feel about it – Arduino in the last 12 years probably has introduced more people to embedded programming of microcontrollers than … Continue reading

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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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