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Lattice Semiconductor must be strong believers in the phrase "less is more", as by providing this minimalist iCE40HX8K Breakout Board they expect one to work one's butt off to get the most out of it. However, they could only be described as true democrats, because not only is the board minimalist so is its sparse user guide, as well the challenging documentation on using the development  software, iCEcube 2.

This means that if you love the excellent iCE40 family of FPGAs, like we do, you need to be prepared to bring your "A" game to the digital design fiesta, like we had to, when figuring out how to use this particular FPGA development board.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler - Albert Einstein.
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Ronaldo, the Portuguese one, has been named as this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, that is he has been nominated as being the best footballer, or soccer player to some, in the world. He is described, arguably, as the most complete player of this generation of Champion's League footballers. Although, Lionel Messi might have something to say about that.

Just like Ronaldo, the Portuguese one, the SoCKit, originally developed by Arrow Electronics, could also be described as the most complete low-cost FPGA development board in the world. It could be, arguably, the best ever FPGA development kit for hobbyist System-On-Chip (SoC) and FPGA developers of its generation.

He wears a No. 10 jersey. I thought it was his position, but it turns out to be his IQ - George Best on Paul Gascoigne

However, unlike Ronaldo who is reportedly worth between €200 million to €300 million on the transfer market, in this blog we present the case why we feel our SoCKit is priceless.

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It's difficult knowing when to appropriately use the phrase "game changer". However given the proliferation of FPGA System-On-Chip (SoC) devices, which contain the Microblaze or Nios II processors or the hardened embedded processors like the dual-core ARM Cortex A9, then for once the part phrase game changer may be appropriate.

This is especially the case when one uses these SoCs in conjunction with LINUX, the operating system of choice for embedded systems, when real-time operating systems are not considered (Embedded real-time LINUX will be considered in a separate article). 

In this first blog entry, of this category, we will begin by listing the more current LINUX projects and builds for embedded systems in general and FPGA SoCs in particular.

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To me all similarly priced servo motors look the same and promise the same performance and maybe they ought to, too. So amongst all the servos out there how do you choose that perfect one for your application? Well, I suppose that is the question that needs answering! Quite fortunately when I had to answer that question, of which set of motors to choose for the 17 Degree-of-Freedom (DOF) robot project, the Tower Pro MG996R motors came recommended, as part of the 17 DOF robot kit. Hence, these motors were thrust upon me.  

The predecessor to this motor, the MG996, did not receive the most glowing of reviews and was particularly noted for its lack of accuracy and centering. However this version is meant to be a worthy successor with a redesigned PCB and Integrated Circuit (IC) control system, which makes it more accurate. We provide an insider's view of this servo in this blog post.

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When is a Complex Logic Programmable Device (CLPD) not a CPLD? When it is being presented as an entry-level FPGA. The arrival of the Max 10 in the FPGA arena is an interesting one and could be the final confluence of Altera's CPLDs with their FPGAs. A historic matter that irked their main rival for many years.

Have Altera finally reached the decision that the traditional CPLD has no place in the modern programmable logic world? Or have they simply added some macro and analog components to TSMC’s 55 nm embedded NOR flash technology to create an FPGA with instant-on functionality? Well, Arrow have released the Max 10 FPGA Evaluation Kit for you to decide for yourself, as we do in this blog post.

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