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Posted by on in 3D Printing, Modelling and Character Animation

I have used AutoCAD on and off for the last couple of years and can get most CAD designs completed using it, by hook or crook. Although, not always in the most pleasing of timescales, which really doesn't matter that much as they are generally for non-commercial purposes. 123D Design is a free CAD alternative, although not entirely free, that is also used for 3D modelling.

Today it seems that a lot of the features of AutoCAD have been incorporated into 123D Design. Hence, from what I have read the core engine used to drive AutoCAD is in fact the same one used in 123D Design. To test if this is the case I decided to undertake my next 3D design project using 123D on Mac OS X and make my efforts the subject of this and subsequent posts in this category.

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Posted by on in Altera FPGAs

 Altera Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are popular devices used world wide and  can be found on many high-end and not so high-end development kits and boards.  Some of the less expensive evaluations kits (and favourites of ours) that are ideal for rapid prototyping of their mid-range FPGAs include the DE0-Nano, the BeMicro CV and the BeMicro Max

The application software used to program Altera's FPGAs is known as Quartus and is available for both the Windows and Linux platforms, although sadly, just like Xilinx's Vivado, it is not available for OS X. In this blog post we overcome the hurdles required  to run Quartus on Linux's OpenSuse 13.1 (Bottle), as the time approaches to put one of our BeMicro CVs to work. 

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Posted by on in Xilinx FPGAs

I recently got my hands on a MicroZed Evaluation Kit from Avnet that contains a Xilinx Zynq-7010  FPGA. To use the kit one needs to install the Xilinx tools, which in this case includes the Vivado design suite.  The webPACK version of the Vivado design suite is available for download on the Xilinx website ( Navigating to the Xilinx application download page, provides download installers for Windows and LINUX platforms, but not for OS X.

To install Vivado on a Mac or MacBook I suppose one should install the Windows version on a Windows binary emulator like WINE. Here is my experience of installing Vivado 2014.4 on LINUX, openSuse 13.1 (Bottle).

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