SDRAM + VGA + FPGA = SPI Addressable graphics card!

Having already written an SDRAM based VGA controller, I’ve finally got round to writing a simple SPI module that allows my STM32F0 discovery board to write to the SDRAM during blanking. In the video above, I hadn’t implemented a “busy” pin so my STM32F0 was spamming pixels regardless of whether there was blanking or not. […]

FPGA VGA and SDRAM

The magic 3! FPGAs being the coolest components out there, with VGA being the standard for all graphics and finally; SDRAM, the base of all synchronous memories. These past few days, I’ve been designing an FPGA based SDRAM controller as I’ve got an SDRAM chip on my FPGA development board which I haven’t yet interfaced to. Instead […]

uHMCU – Alpha 0.1

After a pretty large redesign, I can now safely say that the uHMCU is in alpha stage! I’ve ironed out most of the bugs for my USART module and can now both send and receive data. I tested it up to 115200 baud with the USB <-> USART bridge on my FPGA board and after […]

Upcoming 2016!

It has certainly been a stressful Christmas, 5 exams feels so much more than 4! I feel the extra exam is just a spanner in my revision works but hey! Medics get it a ton worse so how can I complain. I’ve had quite a few requests with the MAX7219 8×8 matrix display, namely a […]

uHMCU FPGA Implementation

Having already designed the microcontroller in a simulation environment, I wanted to take it to the implementation phase. I’d previously shown an implementation of a timer in simulation so keeping the same test program, I wanted to make sure it worked in implementation! Firstly, I decided to replace the simulation ROM and RAM for IP […]

Enter the uHMCU…

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to do some proper VHDL but today (after MASSIVE advances with the Phobass these past few days), I’ve decided to write a miniature version of the HMCU. I say miniature in the lightest sense. Features: MISC architecture featuring 9 Instructions 16bit processing capability (22bit program word length) […]

SSD1306 VHDL FPGA Implementation

I’ve been reading up as much VHDL as possible these last few days as I’ve recently found out that the majority of my summer is going to consist of writing it! After seeing loads of implementations for HD44780 16×2 character based LCDs, I couldn’t find any examples for the easy to get LCDs (by easy, […]