Get Creative with the miniSpartan6+ : A Competition with $2500+ in cash prizes!!!

Comes with all the hardware and software you need to quickly get your FPGA project going. Now you can focus on the real engineering.

Stretch Goal: $30,000

Get Creative with the miniSpartan6+ : A Competition with $2500+ in cash prizes!!!

If we reach our $30,000 stretch goal, we will be able to hold a competition. We will ask backers who have a miniSpartan6+ to demonstrate a creative, innovative application. We will distribute $2,500+ in cash prizes, and winners will be chosen based on polling from social media and experts from academia and the industry.

When? The contest will be held 1 month after we deliver our boards ( if everything moves smoothly, in October 2014.

Get Creative with the miniSpartan6+  A Competition with $2500+ in cash prizes!!!

Where? All around the world – online. Build your project, document it, film it working, and you are in.

Guidelines? No conditions except using your miniSpartan6+ in your project.

Meet the miniSpartan6+ and the Scarab IDE:

When we came up with our board’s design, we looked at what was available in other boards on the market and enhanced it.

Our kit is small, much smaller than the closest thing on the market,it’s smaller than a credit card at only 1.8 in x 3.0 in. That means you can put it inside some pretty small projects. (Here’s something to get you thinking, by 2025 the cost of putting one pound into space is expected to be just $100.)

And our kit is bread board friendly, so you can quickly connect it to a shield or to a bread board.

Now, there’s a handful of other broads with many of these features on the market, but our

miniSpartan6+ costs around half of what its closest competitor does.

The miniSpartan6+:

  • The Spartan6 LX9 FPGA from Xilinx, one of the best FPGAs on the market.
  • An on-board USB JTAG Programmer to power and program your FPGA with any open source programmer, like the one inside our own Scarab IDE.
  • An on board USB interface that powers the board and allows communication with the PC at speeds up to 480Mbps. (That’s fast enough to make a logic analyzer. Check our website for updates on projects and tutorials).
  • An on-board HDMI port. Instead of using VGA output on your projects, now you can go HDMI.
  • An 8-channel analog to digital converter running at 1 MSPS with 8 bit resolution. So you can start connecting real world sensors to your FPGA kit.
  • Memory: 32MB of SDRAM, 64Mbit of SPI Flash and a microSD card interface.
  • A stereo audio output jack using 1-bit sigma-delta DAC to start playing your music.
  • 24 Digital I/O pins.


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I am an experienced technical writer with a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan University. I have written for various industries, mainly home automation, and engineering. I have a clear and simple writing style and am skilled in using infographics and diagrams. I am a great researcher and is able to present information in a well-organized and logical manner.

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