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    The Winners

    Congratulations to speechsupply , fyaocn , jedijeremy , pixelkind , victorwcmalisterw , vimarsh_ , and mereshow  !    You are kit winners of the Freedom of FPGA Contest!  You will receive an Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 Board and an MKR Shield Combo!

     

    Remember, if you've got a Freedom of FPGA project that uses an MRK Vidor 4000 board you can still win the Grand Prize, an Arduino Engineering Kit, if you submit your project in  Arduino Projects or on the element14 community using the tag MKR_freedom!

     

    The contest is open to anyone who wants to participate.  You do not need to win kit in order to enter to win the Grand Prize, an Arduino Engineering Kit.  Simply submit your completed project in the form of a blog under Arduino Projects  or tag it with mkr_freedom by January 28th, 2019 for a chance to win.

     

    On January 9th we'll announce the Grand Prize Winner of an Arduino Engineering Kit for project that best demonstrates how an engineer would use the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 in their project.

     

    Anyone that submits a completed Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 project by the deadline can win the grand prize.

     

    Key Dates:

     

    EventDate
    Kit Winners Announced:28th November 2018
    Completed Project Deadline:28th January 2019
    Grand Prize Winners Announcement:5th February 2019
    Winning Entries

     

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    In the Comments Below: Propose a Project (or Repurpose an Existing Project) using the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 Board!

     

    Win an Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 Board and an MKR Shield Combo for Your Project Proposal!

    Complete Your Project with an MKR Vidor 4000 for a Chance to Win an Arduino Engineering Kit!

     

    MKR Giveways and Upcoming Livestream Series on MKR with Massimo Banzi Cofounder of Arduino!

     

     

    You can do almost anything with an FPGA.  Because it is so open ended we are closing our MKR series of contest with an Open Ended contest in honor of the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000.  We want you to free your creativity, take a look at the available shields for the MKR Vidor, and propose or re-pupose an existing project using the MKR Vidor 4000.  Your project can incorporate the MKR CAN (controller area network) shield, an MKR ETH (ethernet) shield, an MKR RS 485 shield (rs-485 multcommunication standard), MKR Connector Carrier, an MKR Relay Shield, and an MKR MEM Shield.

     

    The Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 features on board FPGA using the Intel Altera Cyclone 10 L016 FPGA, a Microchip SAMD21 microcontroller, WiFi and BLE with a U-blox NINA 102 module, 8 MB of SDRAM, 2 MB of QSPI Flash (1 MB for user applications), a Micro HDMI connector, and a MiPi connector.  There's been a lot of excitement on the community around FPGA. The FPGA contains 16K Logic Elements, 504Kbit of embedded RAM and 56 18x18 bit HW multipliers for high-speed DSP; Each pin can toggle at over 150 MHz and can be configured for functions such as UARTs, (Q)SPI, high res/ high freq PWM, quadrature encoder, I2C, I2S, Sigma Delta DAC, etc.

     

    The on board FPGA can be also used for high-speed DSP operations for audio and video processing. Unlike programming a typical FPGA, the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 is designed to simply programming FPGA using C or C++ commands through the the Arduino Software (IDE).  You'll also get a chance to pair it with a shield of your choice such as the MKR ETH shield, MKR CAN shield, and MKR RS485 shield.

     

    In addition to facilitating the implementation of a wide variety of industrial protocols, the Intel Cyclone 10 LP FPGA fabric is also leveraged to implement pulse width modulator (PWM) and encoder interfaces, which when repeated multiple times in parallel, allows for multi-axis control. The logic and routing core fabric sea of gates is surrounded on each side by I/O elements, with a phase-locked loop (PLLs) in each corner. Embedded memory blocks (M9K) and 18 x 18 bit multipliers blocks are arranged in vertical columns. The architecture also includes highly efficient interconnect and low-skew clock networks, providing connectivity between logic structures for clock and data signals.

    The Intel Cyclone 10 LP FPGAs are optimized for low static power, low cost applications, such as I/O expansions, sensor fusion, motor/motion control for general-purpose interfacing, chip-to-chip bridging, and control. It is ideal for high-volume, cost-sensitive functions, and a broad spectrum of general logic applications.  The Cyclone 10 LP FPGAs are ideally suited for interfacing between ASSPs (application-specific standard product). For example, you can interface between an image sensor and host processors or between the processor and the display.  In both cases, the Intel Cyclone 10 LP FPGA enables designers to combine interfacing with image pipeline processing for real-time applications that need high frame rates, low latency, and high-processing throughput.Configuration error detection is supported in all Intel® Cyclone® 10 LP devices. User mode error detection is only supported in  devices with 1.2-V core voltage. Dedicated circuitry built into Intel® Cyclone® 10 LP devices consists of a CRC error detection feature that can optionally check for a single-event upset (SEU) continuously and automatically.

     

    In critical applications used in the fields of avionics, telecommunications, system control, medical, and military applications, it is important to be able to:

    • Confirm the accuracy of the configuration data stored in an FPGA device Alert the system to an occurrence of a configuration error
    • Alert the system to an occurrence of a configuration error

     

    Getting Started with MKR Vidor 4000: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/MKRVidor4000

     

    FPGA HDL Basics: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/VidorHDL

     

    FPGA IP Blocks compatible with the Arduino Vidor family of products:  https://github.com/vidor-libraries/VidorFPGA

     

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    Contest Details

    Enter to Win:

     

    Propose a Project (or Repurpose an Existing Project) using the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 Board in the comments below!  Your project proposal should include the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000.  You can also include (1-2) of the following MKR Shields:  Arduino MKR MEM Shield, Arduino MKR Relay Proto Shield,  Arduino MKR RS 485 Shield, Arduino MKR Connector Carrier, MKR CAN Shield, and MKR ETH Shield.

     

    On November 28th, we'll announce kit winners for the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 Board and any (1-2) Shield Combo for members who submit the best Project Proposals!

     

    The contest is open to anyone who wants to participate.  You do not need to win kit in order to enter to win the Grand Prize, an Arduino Engineering Kit.  Simply submit your completed project in the form of a blog under Arduino Projects  or tag it with mkr_freedom_projects by January 28th for a chance to win.

     

    On February 3rd we'll announce the Grand Prize Winner of an Arduino Engineering Kit for project that best demonstrates how an engineer would use an Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 in their project.

     

    This is open to everyone.  Not just kit winners.  Anyone that submits a completed Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 project by the deadline (demonstrating how an engineer can win the grand prize!

     

    Key Dates:

     

     

    Key Dates:

     

    EventDate
    Kit Winners Announced:28th November 2018
    Completed Project Deadline:28th January 2019
    Grand Prize Winners Announcement:5th February 2019

     

    Include the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 in Your Project Proposal:

     

    Arduino MKR Vidor 4000
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    Include any of the following MKR Shields in your Project Proposal:

    Arduino MKR MEM ShieldArduino MKR Relay Proto Shield
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    Arduino MKR RS 485Arduino MKR Connector Carrier
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    Arduino MKR CAN ShieldArduino MKR ETH Shield
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    Deadline for Grand Prize (Completed Project): January 28th

     

    How to Win:

     

    Tell Us How You Would Use the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 in the comments below. You can propose a project that you competed in the past and upgrade it using the boards and shields.  You can also create a new project based uses the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 board and any of the Arduino MKR Shields.  Because we want to demonstrate how an engineer, or a Maker Pro, would use the MKR line we are interested in project proposals that use the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 and any of the listed MKR Shields.  With FPGA the possibilities are endless!

     

    We will announce winners of the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 Board on November 28th, 2018!

     

    The winners are expected to turn their proposed projects to finished projects by January 28th 2018.    You do not have to win to submit a finished project.  You can simply purchase an Arduino MKR 1300 Board and post your project with the Tag MKR_Freedom.  Post them in Arduino Projects or anywhere on the element14 community with the tag so that we can find it.

     

    We'll Announce the Grand Prize Winner for the Best Project that Shows How an Engineer Would Use an MKR Board on February 5th, 2019!

    The Grand Prize Winner Receives an Arduino Engineering Kit!

     

    Directions:

    Step 1:  Log in or register on element14, it's easy and free.

    Step 2: Post a project proposal in the comments below. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.

    Step 3:  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the Livestream!  We want you to be able to listen to all the livestreams before completing your finished project.    Sign up for these events using the links below:

     

     

    Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino, and Dominic Pajak, a project person and retro computing geek from Arduino, will be giving a 5 part series of livestreams on the commercial uses of Arduino.  The next livestreams will be on November 14th and will cover Commercial IoT applications with Arduino MKR  .  Be sure to tune in to ask Massimo any questions you have about commercial uses of Arduino!

     

     

    Click on the "Enroll Now" buttons below to ask your questions and learn more:

     

    Livestream DiscussionDate and TimeSign Up!
    Commercial IoT Applications with Arduino MKR14th November 2018
    13:00 (CDT)/19:00 (GMT)
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    Industrial IoT Applications with Arduino MKR28th November 2018
    13:00 (CDT)/19:00 (GMT)
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    Previous Livestreams:

     

    Recorded Live Stream: Massimo Banzi and Dominic Pajak: Arduino MKR: IoT Prototype to Production!

     

    Recorded Live Stream: Massimo Banzi and Dominic Pajak: Arduino MKR and Wireless IoT Connectivity!

     

    Recorded Livestream: Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 - Democratizing FPGA

     

    The deadline to submit your finished or repurposed project is January 28th in order to give you plenty of time to submit your finished projects after the boards have been shipped.

    Prizes

    Kit Prizes:

     

     

    Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 (on board FPGA)
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    With the MKR VIDOR 4000 you can configure it the way you want; you can essentially create your own controller board. It comes loaded with hardware and potential: an 8 MB SRAM; a 2 MB QSPI Flash chip — 1 MB allocated for user applications; a Micro HDMI connector; an MIPI camera connector; and Wifi & BLE powered by U-BLOX NINA W10 Series.

     

     

    It also includes the classic MKR interface on which all pins are driven both by SAMD21 and FPGA. Plus, it has a Mini PCI Express connector with up to 25 user programmable pins.

     

    The FPGA contains 16K Logic Elements, 504 KB of embedded RAM, and 56 18x18 bit HW multipliers for high-speed DSP.

     

     

    Each pin can toggle at over 150 MHz and can be configured for functions such as UARTs, (Q)SPI, high resolution/high frequency PWM, quadrature encoder, I2C, I2S, Sigma Delta DAC, etc.

     

    The on-board FPGA can be also used for high-speed DSP operations for audio and video processing. This board also features a Microchip SAMD21. Communication between FPGA and the SAMD21 is seamless.

    and any of the following MKR shields you need to complete your project:



    Arduino MKR MEM ShieldArduino MKR Relay Shield
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    The Arduino MKR MEM shield will allow you to add more flash memory and storage. It provides 2-megabytes of flash memory. It also includes a slot for adding a microSD card to store several gigabytes of storage. This can allow you to store data for later analysis.

    The MKR Relay Proto shield allows you to easily add relays to your MKR board based project. The shield provides two relays called RELAY1 and RELAY2 commanded by pin 1 and pin 2 respectively. The shield also provides easy connection by means of screw terminal blocks to A1 toA4 analog inputs, I2C and supply voltages. Operating voltage 3.3V (supplied from the host board) Two relays with NO, COM and NC connections Works with battery powered board Screw terminal blocks for easy connections Carry current: 2 A Max. operating voltage: 125 VAC, 60 VDC Max. operating current: 1 A Max. switching capacity: 62.50 VA, 30W

     

    Arduino MKR RS 485Arduino MKR Connector Carrier
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    Thanks to this shield, you can now connect your MKR board to any of the industrial systems that using the RS 485 protocol.

     

    The MKR 485 shield is the ultimate expansion that allows MKR boards to connect to almost any legacy industrial system, such as industrial PLCs, controllers, drives and HMIs. Old industrial systems (e.g., machinery, heating systems, and conveyors) can to turned into IoT devices through a serial connection using the MKR 485.
    Do you have several components to connect to your project and would rather use connectors instead of soldering? The Arduino MKR CONNECTOR CARRIER provides Seeed Studio's Grove connectors to your MKR board. The MKR CONNECTOR CARRIER shield is an essential tool for rapidly prototyping activity. It allows you to connect easily and quickly sensors with Grove connectors. This shield can allow you to build applications with different IoT connectivities by simply changing the MKR board and with almost no changes to the code.

     

    Arduino MKR CAN ShieldArduino ETH Shield
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    With this shield you can easily connect to a CAN (Controller Area Network) Bus. Discover new possibilities of interaction between your Arduino MKR Board and the CAN ecosystem. The MKR CAN shield can simplify the connection of the MKR boards with industrial systems and especially with automotive applications. This shield opens a new set of possible applications like smart vehicles, autonomous cars and drones. A CAN connection also provides the possibility to connect a MKR board directly with several types of industrial grade sensors, motors and displays. The MKR CAN shield allows a MKR board to connect to the CAN bus using the MCP2515 SPI to CAN chip. The Arduino MKR CAN Shield uses the MCP2515 chip by Microchip. This chip is an industry standard. The switch close to the CAN bus connector allows to enable or disable the termination resistor.

    Are you developing a project for an environment where wireless connections are unavailable or would be inefficient?

     

    The MKR ETH shield allows to have a wired Ethernet connection between your MKR board and your network or the Internet. This is particularly useful for devices located where either electromagnetic noise is a problem or there are special safety requirements.

     

    Deadline for Grand Prize (Completed Project): January 28th

     

     

    The Grand Prize

     

    After all the the MKR boards and shields have been sent out we'll be awarding an Arduino Engineering Kit to the best project that shows how an engineer would use the MKR line to repurpose an existing project or a new project.

     

     

    Arduino Engineering Kit - MATLAB/SIMULINK
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    Each Arduino Engineering Kit includes:

     

    BOARDS
    • 1 Arduino MKR1000 Board
    • 1 Arduino MKR Motor Shield
    • 1 Arduino MKR IMU Shield
    ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS
    • 1 DC Motor
    • 2 Geared DC Motors with Encoder
    • 1 Standard Micro Servo (180 degrees)
    • 1 Hall Sensor Module
    • 1 Ultrasonic Sensor Module
    • 1 Webcam
    • 1 LiPo Battery
    • 1 LiPo Battery Charger
    • 1 Micro USB Cable
    • 1 3-pin to 4-pin Tinkerkit Module Cable
    • 1 3-pin Tinkerkit Module Cable MECHANICAL
    COMPONENTS
    • 3 Sets of Assembly Pieces
    • 2 Wheels
    • 1 Caster Wheel
    • 1 Timing Belt
    • 2 Timing Pulley
    • 2 DC Motor Mounting Brackets
    • 1 Metal Shaft (90mm)
    • 2 Metal D Shafts (50mm)
    • 2 Sets of Distance Spacers (6mm, 17mm)
    • 2 Sets of M2 Bolts (10mm, 25mm)
    • 3 Sets of M3 Bolts (10mm, 15mm, 25mm)
    • 1 Set of M2 Nuts
    • 1 Set of M3 Nuts
    • 1 Set of M3 Lock Nuts with Nylon Insert
    • 3 Shaft Collars
    • 1 Propeller Adapter Screw
    • 2 Magnets Ø8 mm
    • 1 Thread 5m
    • 2 Whiteboard Pens
    • 1 Sticker for Vision Recognition
    The Arduino Engineering Kit is the ideal solution for university students, providing a state-of-the-art, hands-on incorporation of Arduino technology in an educational setting.The kit is primarily for three types of users:
    • Students learning about engineering at a university or at a vocational school (e.g., Introductory Engineering, Controls, Mechatronics courses);
    • Professors teaching engineering who also want practical resources to demonstrate engineering concepts;
    • Makers with an interest or background in engineering, either professionally or as a hobby.
    The Arduino Engineering Kit covers fundamental engineering concepts, key aspects of mechatronics, and MATLAB and Simulink programming.Included projects challenges students intellectually and helps develop physical engineering skills — and they’re just fun to do.
    • Self-Balancing Motorcycle This motorcycle will maneuver on its own on various terrains and remain upright using a flywheel for balance. It’s very exciting to build and to see in action.
    • Mobile Rover This vehicle can navigate between given reference points, move objects with a forklift and much more. It’s very fun to make and use.
    • Whiteboard Drawing Robot This amazing robot can take a drawing it’s given and duplicate it on a whiteboard. It’s most impressive.

     

    The kit is sold in a hard plastic, stackable tool box for storage and years of reuse. Inside the box is an easy-to-use Arduino MKR1000 board, several customized parts, and a complete set of electrical and mechanical components needed to assemble all three projects

     

     

    If you're new to FPGA we suggest that you check out element14 Essentials: FPGA I and the recent series on The Art of FPGA Design.  FPGA stands for field programmable array.  FPGAs are typically programmed on a low level using an HDL (Hardware Description Language).  The two most popular HDLs emerged in the 80s, having seen little revision and offering a low level of abstraction to the user, are Verilog and VHDL.  ASICs, short for application-specific integrated circuit, which is a general purpose, integrated circuit that is customized for a particular use, is also typically programmed using an HDL (Hardware Description Language). Both ASICs and FPGA are really fast and can perform an number of operations at the same time in parallel. This makes them ideal for applications in digital signal processing, video & image processing, voice recognition, biometrics, cryptography, and more.

     

    A modern ASIC such an SoC (system on a chip) is a custom fabricated circuit that can include entire microprocessors, memory blocks such as ROM, RAM, FLASH, EEPROM, and other large building blocks.  With an FPGA on the hand, you are literally defining the entire circuit, there is no processor to run software on, it can be as simple as an AND gate or as complex as a multi-core processor. Designing on FPGA forces you to think in terms of low level building blocks such as gates, flip-flops (aka registers), counters, latches, memory, and multiplexors.  An FPGA can be configured to literally be any digital circuit! 

     

    Using HDL hardware code, while typically used to program an FPGA or an ASIC, has never been the only option for programming an FPGA. A bitstream is the term used to describe the configuration data on an FPGA.  One solution would be to reverse engineer the bitstream.  This is considerably more difficult for an ASIC than an FPGA.  The need to reverse engineer the bitstream is necessary to operate on a low level because FPGA manufacturers use an unpublished format, that is proprietary to the manufacturer, for bitstreams. High-Level synthesis is seeing more adoption lately.  HLS (high-level syntesis) enables the ability to use C-based languages in FPGA design. Alterea and Xlinx offer HLS through their respective toolsets. A number of C-based implementations are available, such as Open CL, for software engineers who want to boost their FPGA performance without a deep understanding of FPGA design.

     

    The main difference between the HDL hardware code, such as VHDL or Verilog is used to define the logic required in an ASCI or FPGA, unlike coding a microcontroller where the code runs on logic which is already defined.such as Verilog or VHL.  With a microcontroller such as an Arduino, the code goes to a compiler, such as AVR--GCC Compiler, and is then compiled to a hex file that is stored in the flash memory. When programming the FPGA for the Arduino Vidor 4000, the code you write in the IDE is primarily targeting hardware for the SAMD21 microcontrollers.  The on-board FPGAs powers-on blank and loads its bitstream from the EEPROM. The device side USB port is only connected to the SAMD21, not the FPGA. JTAG is an industry standard for interfacing, controlling, and programming chips. The Arduino Vidor 4000 uses the SAMD21 as a JTAG controller, allowing the host machine to re-program the FPGA's EEPROM.

     

    FPGA applications include digital signal processing, bioinformatics, device controllers, software-defined radio, random logic, ASIC prototyping, medical imaging, computer hardware emulation, voice recognition, cryptography, and automotive.  FPGA is commonly used for applications in Aerospace and Defense, medical electronics, broadcast, monetary systems, data center, high performance computing, video and image processing, and distributed monetary systems.

     

    In the Comments Below: Propose a Project (or Repurpose an Existing Project) using the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 Board!

     

    On November 28th: We'll announce kit winners for the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 Board and any Shield Combo used in the Best Project Proposals!

     

     

    On February 3rd we'll announce the Grand Prize Winner for the Arduino Engineering Kit for completed projects.

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