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FleaFPGA 'Ohm' now launched on Indiegogo! :-D

A project log for 'Flea Ohm' FPGA Project

My attempt at making an FPGA experimenters board in a popular form factor :)

Valentin Angelovski 09/28/2017 at 16:0822 Comments

Hello Everyone!

First off, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who liked or have been following my Ohm project with interest to date! I also want to thank those of you waiting on production news for your patience.. 

Now for the good news: I am pleased to announce the launch of my FleaFPGA 'Ohm' board as an Indiegogo campaign!  Exciting times! :-)

Please do check it out (including the embedded video). Those of you who are interested in obtaining an 'Ohm' board, now is your opportunity to register your interest in my own take on an FPGA-based platform through the above link. Thank you!

Kindly stay tuned for further updates. Should you have any questions regarding the production run, kindly post those either here or over at Indiegogo. Thanks again!

Sincerely,

Valentin Angelovski

Discussions

pagercam wrote 3 days ago point

Congrats on getting funded!!!

I can't wait till I get these boards and start working with them.

Thanks - mark

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Valentin Angelovski wrote 3 days ago point

@Mark,
Thanks for your interest and support of my FleaFPGA Ohm project! Hopefully shouldn't be too much longer now :-)
Cheers, Valentin

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Xark wrote 6 days ago point

Woo-hoo! Campaign at 100% of goal with 18 days still left to go.  Congratulations Valentin!  I'll be looking forward to a great little FPGA board. 

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Valentin Angelovski wrote 3 days ago point

@Xark,

Thankyou for the kind words and support (it's only now beginning to sink in..). Looking forward to the production run :-) 

Cheers, Valentin

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Talla Brian Monde wrote 10/11/2017 at 10:37 point

hello have you ever thought of doing a VOIP telephone with a low power controller ? here is a working prototype https://hackaday.io/project/21707-a-voice-over-ip-phone-with-a-microcontroller feel free to contact me for more information at tallabrianm@gmail.com

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Wayne Visser wrote 10/07/2017 at 10:16 point

Congratulations, Valentin, on getting this far!  This is a terrific achievement.  I still use and enjoy the original FleaFPGA board and am looking forward to trying the Ohm board.  Well done!

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Valentin Angelovski wrote 10/07/2017 at 16:09 point

Thanks Wayne! Really glad to read your FleaFPGA Classic board is still continuing to serve you well :-D My Ohm board is definitely on a whole new level..

Cheers, Valentin

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Marq Watkin wrote 10/07/2017 at 09:20 point

Hi,
 On your IndieGoGo, you say "Flea Ohm can operate standalone or as a co-processor 'hat' for a raspberry pi computer". Will there be an example how to use it as such? Can the FPGA be programmed from the Pi as well?

 Cheers

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Valentin Angelovski wrote 10/07/2017 at 16:03 point

Hi Marq,

Good question. Beyond designing the board such that it could interface to a pi, I do not have any actual examples to help emphasize that aspect currently. To be clear, I am offering only the HDL examples listed right on the Indiegogo page at this time (none of which actually include an interface to a pi, so good catch :-). 

My time is limited (this is still a hobby project, after all) and so my plan is to focus on getting the user manual together as well as boards into as many hands (including those who know the pi even better than I do) as possible.

As for programming Ohm from a rpi: I believe this is possible, yes.

You could use USB host port on a pi feeding into the USB slave port / Vin on the flea Ohm board for updating the FPGA via on-board JTAG. IIRC, Xark (the creator of FleaJTAG) ported his utility to ARM for exactly this purpose - I'll need to ask him about that again as it is 3am and bedtime for me right now.. 

Cheers, Valentin

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Marq Watkin wrote 10/08/2017 at 09:10 point

Thanks for the response. I appreciate you have limited time, I was just curious, as both the Minimig and Next186 cores both intrest me

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zardotagore wrote 10/01/2017 at 17:00 point

Sorry Valentin for disturb but is only can pay with credit card ? Or is possible to pay with other methods ? Thanks you! I hope to take it. 

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Valentin Angelovski wrote 10/02/2017 at 02:36 point

Hello! Indiegogo accepts credit card or Apple Pay only. For the sake of simplicity and accountability, we strongly prefer to keep all transactions for the campaign inside Indiegogo. Thankyou!

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ziggurat29 wrote 09/29/2017 at 16:35 point

I always find it difficult on these market sites to order 2 of anything.  (I generally like to get 2 of anything, so that I have one to accidentally destroy).  If you know of a way to alter my existing pledge to cover 2, please advise.

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Valentin Angelovski wrote 09/29/2017 at 19:57 point

@ziggurat29  Hello and thanks for your pledge! As far as I can tell (waiting on Indiegogo for any other options here), I can refund your pledge (allow 3-5 days for refund) allowing you to then select the desired perk. Is that OK? Cheers Valentin

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Xark wrote 09/30/2017 at 05:10 point

Cool! I've upped my pledge to two units, now.

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ziggurat29 wrote 09/30/2017 at 15:03 point

works for me if it works for you; I see that the 2 and 10 unit options have been created. It's unclear how to revoke the prior pledge; should I PM you the relevant info?

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Valentin Angelovski wrote 09/30/2017 at 15:31 point

@ziggurat29 I have refunded against the info provided in your PM. You are now free to claim the two-board pledge. Thanks for your support! Valentin

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Xark wrote 09/29/2017 at 08:10 point

A nicely beefy FPGA, in a fun small form factor (with good I/O).  This will be very nice for both "retro" projects and CPU and system experimentation.  Backed!  I even prefer Lattice vs Xilinx or Altera (and ECP5-25 is a big step above the smaller Lattice parts).  Synopsis and Aldec-HDL are pretty nice tools in Diamond too (and the suite is much smaller to download than the "big guys").

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Valentin Angelovski wrote 09/29/2017 at 09:43 point

@Xark Thanks for your support! Completely agree with your comments around ECP5 series and Lattice's Diamond toolchain overall. I wanted to capture the elegance of operating under Diamond in my Indiegogo video. Cheers, Valentin

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davedarko wrote 09/28/2017 at 16:18 point

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davedarko wrote 09/28/2017 at 16:19 point

you've missed the : in your link

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Valentin Angelovski wrote 09/28/2017 at 16:36 point

Thanks! Not sure what happened either, but it appears there was an additional "http:" in the hyperlink that was redundant (and hence broken). Fixed! That's what I get for posting blog updates @ 2:30am :-) Valentin

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