Monthly Archives: October 2008

Stars of the tiny screen

Last month Michael Kreeger and I put together a 4-part YouTube demonstration using a Pico Computing EX-300 card. The demo walks through the basics of Impulse C, shows how the tools are used for software simulation and hardware generation, and shows how to download and run a finished FPGA bitmap on the card.

Pico Computing EX-300 - 16 FPGAs on one PCI Express card

Pico Computing EX-300 - 16 FPGAs on one PCI Express card

(The YouTube video is not very high resolution, making the screen text difficult to read. A better version with higher-res video and better sound can be found here.)

This demonstration shows how PCI Express FPGA¬†cards are making prototyping of high performance, hardware-accelerated algorithms a whole lot easier than in the past. I predict we’ll be doing more YouTube tutorials in the future, and showing some rather impressive acceleration projects as FPGA-based platforms continue to evolve.

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