my easter-egg is rectangular this year ;)

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my easter-egg is rectangular this year ;)

Postby no0207 » Mar Sun 31, 2013 1:33 pm

There is one thing I wanted to get into for a while: how to program a FPGA.
Short before this year's Easter I found an interesting (and cheap) board on ebay. Based on the Altera Cyclone II Chip. Ordered one and still got it before Easter. Board came from china and so did the (homebrew) CDs. First thing I did was a virus scan:
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Beginne mit der Suche in 'D:\' <manual>
D:\FPGA EP2C8Q208\Development tools\Crack\Crack_DSP_Builder_90.rar
  [0] Archivtyp: RAR
  --> DSP_Builder_9.0破解器.exe
      [FUND]      Ist das Trojanische Pferd TR/Xema.FQ
D:\FPGA EP2C8Q208\Development tools\Crack\Crack_DSP_Builder_90_SP1.rar
  [0] Archivtyp: RAR
  --> DSP_Builder_9.0_SP1破解器.exe
      [FUND]      Ist das Trojanische Pferd TR/Xema.FQ
D:\FPGA EP2C8Q208\Development tools\Crack\Crack_ModelSim_SE_6.3d.rar
  [0] Archivtyp: RAR
  --> Crack_ModelSim_SE_6.3d\MentorKG.exe
      [FUND]      Enthält Erkennungsmuster des Wurmes WORM/Guap.bo
D:\FPGA EP2C8Q208\Development tools\Crack\Crack_ModelSim_SE_6.4a.rar
  [0] Archivtyp: RAR
  --> Crack\MentorKG.exe
      [FUND]      Enthält Erkennungsmuster des Wurmes WORM/Guap.br
D:\FPGA EP2C8Q208\Development tools\Crack\Crack_QII90.rar
  [0] Archivtyp: RAR
  --> Quartus_II_9.0破解器.exe
      [FUND]      Ist das Trojanische Pferd TR/Gendal.41472.BO
D:\FPGA EP2C8Q208\Development tools\Crack\Crack_QII90_SP2.rar
  [0] Archivtyp: RAR
  --> Quartus_II_9.0_SP2破解器.exe
      [FUND]      Ist das Trojanische Pferd TR/Spy.45056.622


Key learning here: be careful with software shipped along with cheap hardware from China. Always scan first for virusses.
But the board itself looks good in terms of hardware quality. Today I scanned a bit through the information resources at Altera web site and I am really amazed. In fact then I went to opencores.org and searched for PDP11 projects. Can't wait for the moment until I am skilled enough to load a PDP11 on my FPGA development board and run an ancient UNIX on it ;)
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Re: my easter-egg is rectangular this year ;)

Postby no0207 » Jun Sun 02, 2013 7:11 am

Hi everyone!

In the meantime I made some progress - learned the basics of Verilog and started developing some examples. Currently I am playing with a minimalistic CPU design - just google for MCPU. I am not the creator of that CPU concept, just implementing it on the above mentioned board, along with some editing capabilities.

In case anyone would be interested I could post some FPGA tutorial stuff. Just let me know...
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