Chip Hack is a two day workshop that provides an introduction to programming field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA), which is aimed at complete beginners with no prior experience of hardware description languages (HDL) and FPGA workflows.
All original materials used in the workshop will be made available under open licences and published to GitHub.
Saturday 20th April
Day one will commence with an FPGA primer and introduction to the Verilog HDL. Following which participants will learn by example through a series of increasingly complex hands-on projects, starting with a simple LED-based counter which can be incremented and decremented using push buttons.
Sunday 21st April
The morning of day two will be spent implementing a UART transmitter, and for the more ambitious a UART receiver also if time permits.
In the afternoon there will be an introduction to the OpenRISC Reference Platform system-on-chip (ORPSoC), and a practical exercise in which participants will program their boards with an ORPSoC configuration and run bare metal code on the processor!
The event will close with an introduction to the use of Verilog in creating software models of processor designs that are capable of running programs and having a debugger attached to them.
For more information and to register see: chiphack.org