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Beginning FPGA


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Part I: Getting Started with FPGA1. What is an FPGA and What Can It Do?2. Our Weapon of Choice3. Lock and Load4. Hello World!Part II: Time out for Theory5. FPGA Development Timeline6. VHDL 1017. Number Theory for FPGAs8. Telling the Truth: Boolean Algebra and Truth Tables9. Simplifying Boolean Algebra for FPGA10. Sequential Logic: IF this, THEN that11. Combinatorial Logic: Putting it all together on the FPGAPart III: Let's Make Something!12. Light Sensors: Turning a Laser Pointer into a Hi-tech Tripwire13. Temperature Sensors: Is it Hot in Here, or Is It Just Me?14. How Fast Can You Run? Ask the Accelerometer!Part IV: Taking It Further: Talking to the Raspberry Pi and LED Displays15. I2C: Two-way Communications with Your Raspberry Pi16. Up in Lights: How to Drive LED Segment Displays

About the Author

Aiken Pang was born in Hong Kong in the early 80s just in time for the home micro-computer revolution. He developed an interest in computers after finding an Apple IIe at his uncle's home, installing a TV card, floppy drive and loaded his first game (Pacman) by himself at the age of 10. Since then he has taught himself a number of programming languages and built his own computers from scratch.

Aiken followed his passion for computing into more formal studies and holds a BEng in Electronics Engineering and an MSc in Computer Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell respectively. He has been using VHDL to design hardware in FPGAs for over 10 years.

He lives in the USA with his wife France and their daughter Mayah.

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