If you come from the world of microcontroller development boards like the Arduino, you’re used to serial processing, where instructions are processed one at time, following the procedure that you write in code. For some applications, such as with video or sound processing, it’s hard for a microcontroller to process data fast enough. Enter the FPGA, short for field-programmable gate array. An FPGA can process data and take action on it, with multiple operations happening in parrallel.
If you’re interested in learning more about what an FPGA can do, you can visit Michael Jones in the Maker Pavilion this weekend at World Maker Faire New York. He’ll be showing off the FPGA MARK-1, which he designed with Eli Hughes. FPGA MARK-1 is a “development platform designed with students, makers, hobbyists and mad scientists in mind.” In addition, he’ll be demoing an expansion board suited for educational use which allows you to connect a PS/2 mouse, keyboard, VGA video, audio, and Nintendo game controllers to the board. While he’s never been to a Maker Faire before, he says he’s “looking forward to being part of an event that brings so much creativity, talent, ambition from worldwide locations localized into one spot.”
Maker Faire Project Profile
Hello! I would like to participate in the World Maker Faire this fall by demonstrating (and selling) the world's 1st FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) prototyping platform specifically engineered for the Maker community. The MARK-1 is an electronics platform that allows Makers, hobbyists, and mad scientists to have access to advanced digital logic design at a low cost. It allows Makers to "Drag and Drop" their logic circuit into the MARK-1 for instant results. The MARK-1 allows makers a new level of tinkering without the steep learning curve of traditional tools. Whether it be a fancy new microprocessor design, advanced Read more →