What if you could use software to design hardware? Not just any hardware--imagine specifying the behavior of a complex parallel computer, sending it to a chip, and having it run on that chip--all without any manufacturing? With Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), you can design such a machine with your mouse and keyboard. When you deploy it to the FPGA, it immediately takes on the behavior that you defined. Want to create something that behaves like a display driver integrated circuit? How about a CPU with an instruction set you dreamed up? Or your very own Bitcoin miner You can do all this with FPGAs.
Because you're not writing programs--rather, you're designing a chip whose sole purpose is to do what you tell it--it's faster than anything you can do in code. With Make: FPGAs, you'll learn how to break down problems into something that can be solved on an FPGA, design the logic that will run on your FPGA, and hook up electronic components to create finished projects.
David Romano founded Tri-Tech Pathways Inc. to bring STEM education to students with a real-world industry perspective. He is a proven technical leader whose engineering career has spanned over twenty-five years and multiple High-Tech companies, including Raytheon, Motorola, HP, Intel and two start-up companies. He is also the co-author of multiple technology patents and he is currently the president and CEO of Tri-Tech Pathways Inc.
David is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in education as part of Intel's Tuition-for-Teaching grant. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MA in Theology. He is actively involved in STEM advisory and teaching roles. He is also active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).
Good read -- I'm a complete novice to FPGAs, but I am somewhat stuck out of the gate. David mentions several boards, but is not clear if any of these boards will work with his examples or only the Opal board. The chapter that introduces hardware should give some clarity to the novice reader that any board will work with his example, or if one board in particular is best to follow along with.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend