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How Beginners Can Get Started With FPGA Programming

Field Programmable Gate Arrays, or FPGAs, are devices that are used to design digital circuits. Although it sounds complicated, it really isn’t as difficult to get started as one might suspect. There’s no code to write for them, so there is much less that you’d need to know than with microcontrollers, and you don’t have to physically change anything.

Start From Yourself

Beginner’s often start off doing such projects as simple as connecting a button to an LED light, but as they build upon their skills they’re quickly able to advance to more impressive stuff. All you’ll need to get started is to acquire a Mojo, a micro USB cable, and some software, ISE and Mojo Loader. The first is used to convert text into a file that can be loaded onto a board, and the latter is used to send your new file to your Mojo.

Get Help From Video Tutorials

All that’s left is to start experimenting. There are a number of video tutorials available on the internet that can help beginners to get started, that explain everything from synchronous logic to pulse-width modulation. Taking time to learn about these tricks of the trade will enable you to do such things as building circuits that fade LEDs, control servos, and more.

Once you’ve learned the basics of FPGA programming, you’ll be able to begin using external connections to link to your design. From there the sky is the limit. Remember, you’ll run into setbacks and roadblocks, as is the case when learning anything new. Sometimes your designs won’t perform as planned, however once you’ve learned how to design simulations, it’ll become easy to debug your design. If you don’t give up, you’ll get past the obstacles and you’ll master FPGA programming, as was your goal when you decided to learn it.