There is quite a number of boards coming to market this year 2016.
These include various hats for Raspberry Pi, Beagleboneblack and the like.
However I've yet to see a really simple OSH design in Kicad format for any iCE40 chip.
If novices and young users are to progress from FPGA development, to creating prototype boards this is a natural requirement.
This crop is almostt right, but where are the design files?
I'm currently awaiting my iCEstick order to work through them.
On the subject of tutorials I published verilog files for iCE40HX8K Breakout Board and IceStorm here:
they are to be used in conjunction with the excellent verilog tutorials from Mojo:
versions for iceStick CATboard, iCEboard, Nandboard and other boards will be published as available.
During the 2015 Community Awards, we asked you to take a cursory look into the future and give us your predictions for the new platforms and technologies that are likely to dominate in 2016.
Even though it didn't make the initial nominations, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) evidently captured your attention, as it was a subject that came up time and again in the comments, and also in the Technology of the Year polls.
It's reasonable to consider FPGA, which already has a global market value above $5 billion that's expected to land closer to $10 billion over the next few years, as the evolution of programmable ROMs due to their reconfigurable logic blocks and complex input/output functions.
But they're also so much more.
What's Next for Field Programmable Gate Arrays?
We'd considered how to look deeper into this, and other hot technologies, as part of our 2015 Year in Review. But ultimately it's you guys who have the deeper knowledge, so instead we'd like to look forward into 2016 rather than looking back at 2015.
We want your thoughts on the future of FPGA. How will it evolve, how will it reach a wider user base, and what kind of changes will it undergo over the next 12 months. What will the FPGA look like in New Year 2016, and what kind of projects will you be making with them.
Tell us all about the future of FPGA below (and what you'd like to see, as much as what we will see), and we'll reconvene this time next year to see how close we got to the mark.