Beginning FPGA: Programming Metal

Beginning FPGA: Programming Metal

Book Description
Use Arrow's affordable and breadboard-friendly FPGA development board (BeMicro MAX 10) to create a light sensor, temperature sensor, motion sensor, and the KITT car display from Knight Rider.
You don't need an electronics engineering degree or even any programming experience to get the most out of Beginning FPGA: Programming Metal. Just bring your curiosity and your Field-Programmable Gate Array. This book is for those who have tinkered with Arduino or Raspberry Pi, and want to get more hands-on experience with hardware or for those new to electronics who just want to dive in.
You'll learn the theory behind FPGAs and electronics, including the math and logic you need to understand what's happening - all explained in a fun, friendly, and accessible way. It also doesn't hurt that you'll be learning VHDL, a hardware description language that is also an extremely marketable skill.

What You'll Learn:
  • Learn what an FPGA is and how it's different from a microcontroller or ASIC
  • Set up your toolchain
  • Use VHDL, a popular hardware description language, to tell your FPGA what to be
  • Explore the theory behind FPGA and electronics
  • Use your FPGA with a variety of sensors and to talk to a Raspberry Pi 
Who This Book is For:
Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and other electronics enthusiasts who want a clear and practical introduction to FPGA.


Part I: Getting Started with FPGA 
Chapter 1: What Is an FPGA and What Can It Do? 
Chapter 2: Our Weapon of Choice 
Chapter 3: Lock and Load 
Chapter 4: Hello World! 

Part II: Time Out for Theory 
Chapter 5: FPGA Development Timeline 
Chapter 6: VHDL 101 
Chapter 7: Number Theory for FPGAs 
Chapter 8: Telling the Truth: Boolean Algebra and Truth Tables 
Chapter 9: Simplifying Boolean Algebra for FPGA 
Chapter 10: Sequential Logic: IF This, THEN That 
Chapter 11: Combinatorial Logic: Putting It All Together on the FPGA

Part III: Let’s Make Something!
Chapter 12: Light Sensors: Turning a Laser Pointer into a Hi-Tech Tripwire 
Chapter 13: Temperature Sensors: Is It Hot in Here, or Is It Just Me? 
Chapter 14: How Fast Can You Run? Ask the Accelerometer! 

Part IV: Taking It Further: Talking to the Raspberry Pi and LED Displays
Chapter 15: Two-Way Communications with Your Raspberry Pi: SPI 
Chapter 16: Up in Lights: How to Drive LED Segment Displays 

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