[Arm-netbook] Interesting chip the LPC1343

joem joem at martindale-electric.co.uk
Wed Dec 18 09:02:06 GMT 2013

On Tue, 2013-12-17 at 14:13 +0000, joem wrote:
> On Tue, 2013-12-17 at 10:00 +0000, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 9:06 AM, joem <joem at martindale-electric.co.uk> wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I ordered this FPGA dev system:
> > >
> > > http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1575992013/logi-fpga-development-board-for-raspberry-pi-beagl
> > >
> > > [Already over subscribed by x5 and still 24 days to go :)  ]
> > >
> > > I found it has a $2 LPC1343 ARM cortex chip
> > 
> > http://www.microbuilder.eu/Projects/LPC1343ReferenceDesign/
> > 
> > sold by adafruit.  good find, joe.  will look at the datasheet, see
> > what else it can do.
> The FPGA logi boards are not too bad an idea for EOMAs as well.
> It can add an FPGA board option more cheaply than other solutions.
> The FPGA programmer is an LPC1343 built into their board which manages
> the communication between the raspberry pi and the FPGA.
> From their links, circuit diagrams and a lot of software is available
> that allows drag and drop programming of the binary files
> generated by the free Linux capable (6GB) Xilinx VHDL compiler
> from the raspberry to the FPGA.
> But so far, not been able to locate what software goes
> into the LPC1343 or whether that software is open sourced.
> If it is open sourced, then you would be able to modify
> it to work with EOMA. Then you can drag and drop FPGA
> files from EOMA into the FPGA.
> The benefit is that you should be able to make a lot
> hardware projects work very quickly.
> E.g. make a 50MHz storage scope - no problem!
> The EOMA drives LCD and there is several distros already working,
> so its very quick to knock up something that does
> the hardware functions in FPGA, and the displaying in EOMA.
> The FPGA they use is not the fastest in the world - but it works.
> It is capable of compiling and running a microBlaze CPU
> which can run Linux. You could also add stuff from
> opencores.org like low speed ethernet, usb, video controller etc
> and get it all working very quickly to make your own custom
> very fast hardware gadgets that money cannot buy, or is
> too expensive to prototype using individual components.

Looking at their project files in more detail,
it appears the LPC1343 was on an older mk1 board.
And I think the programming of the FPGA is direct from raspberry
through its expansion port. If the interpretation
is correct, then may be less hardware required to make
a duplicate. 

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