Oak Development Technologies has opened pre-orders for a compact dev board designed to ease users into working with FPGAs. Built around a Lattice Semi ICE5LP4K FPGA, the IcyBlue Feather is a Feather-format development board which looks to lower barriers to entry.
“This unique FPGA feather allows you to easily get started with FPGA development with a highly capable and robust ICE5LP4K FPGA from Lattice Semiconductor,” explains Oak’s Seth Kerr of his creation. “The ICE5LP4K brings two hardware I2C and SPI blocks, a bright RGB LED, two user LEDS, and 22 accessible GPIO through the headers of the Feather board.
Based on the popular breadboard-compatible Feather form factor, the IcyBlue Feather includes an FTDI FT232HQ USB bridge on-board, providing an easy way to program and power the device via its USB connector — and boasting compatibility with both Lattice Semi’s proprietary Diamond Programmer software and open source tools including Project IceStorm.
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