• Re: another board P939

    From bitrex@21:1/5 to John Larkin on Wed Jun 22 20:27:08 2022
    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire;
    it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on
    the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho:

    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

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  • From a a@21:1/5 to John Larkin on Wed Jun 22 17:27:47 2022
    On Thursday, 23 June 2022 at 02:20:21 UTC+2, John Larkin wrote:
    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire;
    it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on
    the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.

    --

    If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end with doubts,
    but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon
    ask money back

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0&preview=P939A_ss_ugly.jpg

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  • From John Larkin@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jun 22 18:07:14 2022
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:27:47 -0700 (PDT), a a <manta103g@gmail.com>
    wrote:

    On Thursday, 23 June 2022 at 02:20:21 UTC+2, John Larkin wrote:
    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire;
    it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on
    the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.

    --

    If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end with doubts,
    but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. >> Francis Bacon
    ask money back

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0&preview=P939A_ss_ugly.jpg

    That's the solder sample, nominally free. PCB houses always make a few
    extra boards to cover defects, and we just got one that they would
    have thrown away.

    One December, a PCB house called us and gave us a list of extra boards
    that they had around, extras left over from our various orders. They
    offered them half price, to fund their Christmas party.

    --

    If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end with doubts,
    but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon

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  • From John Larkin@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jun 22 17:20:11 2022
    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire;
    it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on
    the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.

    --

    If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end with doubts,
    but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon

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  • From John Larkin@21:1/5 to bitrex on Wed Jun 22 18:09:15 2022
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire;
    it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on
    the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho:

    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some
    day.

    --

    If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end with doubts,
    but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon

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  • From bitrex@21:1/5 to John Larkin on Thu Jun 23 12:07:31 2022
    On 6/22/2022 9:09 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire;
    it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on
    the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0 >>>
    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho:

    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some
    day.


    I've tended to rely on the microchip 8-bitters a lot in my work, and
    they've been really thin on the ground lately, particularly the parts
    with a luxurious 8k of Flash or more.

    Parts with 1k are readily available though which encourages creativity, sometimes by offloading a few functions to a SPLC or using two instead
    of one I've got my relatively low-volume jobs done to my client's
    satisfaction.

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  • From jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com@21:1/5 to bitrex on Thu Jun 23 09:25:17 2022
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:07:31 -0400, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 9:09 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire;
    it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on >>>> the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0 >>>>
    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho:

    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some
    day.


    I've tended to rely on the microchip 8-bitters a lot in my work, and
    they've been really thin on the ground lately, particularly the parts
    with a luxurious 8k of Flash or more.

    Parts with 1k are readily available though which encourages creativity, >sometimes by offloading a few functions to a SPLC or using two instead
    of one I've got my relatively low-volume jobs done to my client's >satisfaction.


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.





    --

    Anybody can count to one.

    - Robert Widlar

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  • From Dimiter_Popoff@21:1/5 to jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com on Thu Jun 23 22:05:24 2022
    On 6/23/2022 19:25, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:07:31 -0400, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 9:09 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire;
    it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on >>>>> the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0 >>>>>
    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho:

    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some
    day.


    I've tended to rely on the microchip 8-bitters a lot in my work, and
    they've been really thin on the ground lately, particularly the parts
    with a luxurious 8k of Flash or more.

    Parts with 1k are readily available though which encourages creativity,
    sometimes by offloading a few functions to a SPLC or using two instead
    of one I've got my relatively low-volume jobs done to my client's
    satisfaction.


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.



    Isn't there a soft power architecture core meanwhile? Some time ago
    (a year or two) IBM made it "open". If available it might be a better
    option than risk-v or arm.

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  • From Lasse Langwadt Christensen@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jun 23 12:54:44 2022
    torsdag den 23. juni 2022 kl. 21.35.30 UTC+2 skrev John Larkin:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:05:24 +0300, Dimiter_Popoff <d...@tgi-sci.com>
    wrote:
    On 6/23/2022 19:25, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:07:31 -0400, bitrex <us...@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 9:09 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <us...@example.net> wrote: >>>>
    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire; >>>>>> it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on >>>>>> the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho: >>>>>
    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some
    day.


    I've tended to rely on the microchip 8-bitters a lot in my work, and
    they've been really thin on the ground lately, particularly the parts
    with a luxurious 8k of Flash or more.

    Parts with 1k are readily available though which encourages creativity, >>> sometimes by offloading a few functions to a SPLC or using two instead >>> of one I've got my relatively low-volume jobs done to my client's
    satisfaction.


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a
    poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.



    Isn't there a soft power architecture core meanwhile? Some time ago
    (a year or two) IBM made it "open". If available it might be a better >option than risk-v or arm.
    efinix has a risc-v block available.

    https://www.efinixinc.com/products-riscv.html

    A modest program could run in on-chip sram.

    I suspect that risc-v has a big future. It's free.

    yep, so people can invest time and effort in it knowing that it's theirs to use for free forever

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  • From John Larkin@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jun 23 12:35:20 2022
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:05:24 +0300, Dimiter_Popoff <dp@tgi-sci.com>
    wrote:

    On 6/23/2022 19:25, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:07:31 -0400, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 9:09 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire; >>>>>> it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on >>>>>> the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho:

    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some
    day.


    I've tended to rely on the microchip 8-bitters a lot in my work, and
    they've been really thin on the ground lately, particularly the parts
    with a luxurious 8k of Flash or more.

    Parts with 1k are readily available though which encourages creativity,
    sometimes by offloading a few functions to a SPLC or using two instead
    of one I've got my relatively low-volume jobs done to my client's
    satisfaction.


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a
    poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.



    Isn't there a soft power architecture core meanwhile? Some time ago
    (a year or two) IBM made it "open". If available it might be a better
    option than risk-v or arm.

    efinix has a risc-v block available.

    https://www.efinixinc.com/products-riscv.html

    A modest program could run in on-chip sram.

    I suspect that risc-v has a big future. It's free.



    --

    If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end with doubts,
    but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon

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  • From John Larkin@21:1/5 to langwadt@fonz.dk on Thu Jun 23 13:53:13 2022
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:54:44 -0700 (PDT), Lasse Langwadt Christensen <langwadt@fonz.dk> wrote:

    torsdag den 23. juni 2022 kl. 21.35.30 UTC+2 skrev John Larkin:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:05:24 +0300, Dimiter_Popoff <d...@tgi-sci.com>
    wrote:
    On 6/23/2022 19:25, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:07:31 -0400, bitrex <us...@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 9:09 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <us...@example.net> wrote: >> >>>>
    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire; >> >>>>>> it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on
    the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho:

    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some
    day.


    I've tended to rely on the microchip 8-bitters a lot in my work, and
    they've been really thin on the ground lately, particularly the parts
    with a luxurious 8k of Flash or more.

    Parts with 1k are readily available though which encourages creativity, >> >>> sometimes by offloading a few functions to a SPLC or using two instead >> >>> of one I've got my relatively low-volume jobs done to my client's
    satisfaction.


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a
    poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.



    Isn't there a soft power architecture core meanwhile? Some time ago
    (a year or two) IBM made it "open". If available it might be a better
    option than risk-v or arm.
    efinix has a risc-v block available.

    https://www.efinixinc.com/products-riscv.html

    A modest program could run in on-chip sram.

    I suspect that risc-v has a big future. It's free.

    yep, so people can invest time and effort in it knowing that it's theirs to use for free forever


    With fpga's and uPs going end-of-life so often, one could imagine
    owning a block of Verilog or VHDL that could be recompiled for another
    FPGA when needed. That cuts the risk about in half.

    Has anyone used risc-v? I wonder what the code density is like.

    --

    If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end with doubts,
    but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon

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  • From Gerhard Hoffmann@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 24 00:24:46 2022
    Am 23.06.22 um 21:05 schrieb Dimiter_Popoff:
    On 6/23/2022 19:25, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a
    poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.



    Isn't there a soft power architecture core meanwhile? Some time ago
    (a year or two) IBM made it "open". If available it might be a better
    option than risk-v or arm.



    Methinks Power PC is to fat to do as a soft core.

    I already had the pleasure with Power PC in a previous life.
    A Pipeline pig with 1024 ultrasonics channels and a PPC for
    each 16 or 32, don't remember. Luckily, I was responsible only
    for the Virtex FPGA nd the Coolrunner; the software guy nearly
    shot himself.

    <
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/137684711@N07/52167372262/in/dateposted-public/
    >

    Xilinx had a fixed core PPC in one of their Virtexes. I heard
    Peter Alfke complain that it was wrong to license it from
    Motorola instead of IBM. It seems, the price was lower, but
    support was nonexistent.

    Cheers, also to Peter if he's still alive!

    Gerhard

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  • From Gerhard Hoffmann@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 24 00:39:38 2022
    Am 23.06.22 um 22:53 schrieb John Larkin:


    With fpga's and uPs going end-of-life so often, one could imagine
    owning a block of Verilog or VHDL that could be recompiled for another
    FPGA when needed. That cuts the risk about in half.

    You get the VHDL source for the PicoBlaze, but you are allowed
    only to run it on Xilinx hardware.
    I once 'repaired' a picoblaze. It's registers ar really little
    windows into the configuration ram (called block rams).
    For a space application we had to scrubb the configuration ram
    along with triple module redundancy to make it more radiation
    resistant. That did overwrite the registers with the reset
    contents. The software people did not like that. I replaced the
    registers by banks of DFFs. That was not too hard to do.


    Has anyone used risc-v? I wonder what the code density is like.

    After 50 years of research in this area I would exspect a
    saturation effect.

    Cheers, Gerhard

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  • From keith@kjwdesigns.com@21:1/5 to Gerhard Hoffmann on Thu Jun 23 16:40:59 2022
    On Thursday, 23 June 2022 at 15:24:53 UTC-7, Gerhard Hoffmann wrote:
    ...
    < https://www.flickr.com/photos/137684711@N07/52167372262/in/dateposted-public/


    Xilinx had a fixed core PPC in one of their Virtexes. I heard
    Peter Alfke complain that it was wrong to license it from
    Motorola instead of IBM. It seems, the price was lower, but
    support was nonexistent.

    Cheers, also to Peter if he's still alive!

    Gerhard

    Sorry to say he died over 10 years ago.

    https://www.eetimes.com/peter-alfke-remembered-1931-2011/

    kw

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  • From John Larkin@21:1/5 to keith@kjwdesigns.com on Thu Jun 23 18:19:57 2022
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:40:59 -0700 (PDT), "ke...@kjwdesigns.com" <keith@kjwdesigns.com> wrote:

    On Thursday, 23 June 2022 at 15:24:53 UTC-7, Gerhard Hoffmann wrote:
    ...
    <
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/137684711@N07/52167372262/in/dateposted-public/


    Xilinx had a fixed core PPC in one of their Virtexes. I heard
    Peter Alfke complain that it was wrong to license it from
    Motorola instead of IBM. It seems, the price was lower, but
    support was nonexistent.

    Cheers, also to Peter if he's still alive!

    Gerhard

    Sorry to say he died over 10 years ago.

    https://www.eetimes.com/peter-alfke-remembered-1931-2011/

    kw

    Peter was cool. One day at the Foothill Flea Market I had my head down
    inside a big box of books and another head appeared. It was Peter.

    He was a real FPGA missionary, and had fun doing it.

    --

    If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end with doubts,
    but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon

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  • From Dimiter_Popoff@21:1/5 to John Larkin on Fri Jun 24 19:50:27 2022
    On 6/23/2022 22:35, John Larkin wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:05:24 +0300, Dimiter_Popoff <dp@tgi-sci.com>
    wrote:

    On 6/23/2022 19:25, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:07:31 -0400, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 9:09 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote: >>>>>
    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire; >>>>>>> it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on >>>>>>> the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho: >>>>>>
    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some
    day.


    I've tended to rely on the microchip 8-bitters a lot in my work, and
    they've been really thin on the ground lately, particularly the parts
    with a luxurious 8k of Flash or more.

    Parts with 1k are readily available though which encourages creativity, >>>> sometimes by offloading a few functions to a SPLC or using two instead >>>> of one I've got my relatively low-volume jobs done to my client's
    satisfaction.


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a
    poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.



    Isn't there a soft power architecture core meanwhile? Some time ago
    (a year or two) IBM made it "open". If available it might be a better
    option than risk-v or arm.

    efinix has a risc-v block available.

    https://www.efinixinc.com/products-riscv.html

    A modest program could run in on-chip sram.

    I see, having the core on chip makes things different.

    I suspect that risc-v has a big future. It's free.


    Perhaps so, but Power is also free now. I have only looked at
    risc-v docs - to begin with it is little-endian (a more serious
    drawback than people have been made to think for decades though
    not a show-stopper). I have been living with power for well over
    20 years now, have had no buying issues (knock on wood) and have
    yet to identify any shortcoming in the architecture. Those who
    did it at IBM knew damn well what they were doing.

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  • From Dimiter_Popoff@21:1/5 to Gerhard Hoffmann on Fri Jun 24 19:40:26 2022
    On 6/24/2022 1:24, Gerhard Hoffmann wrote:

    Am 23.06.22 um 21:05 schrieb Dimiter_Popoff:
    On 6/23/2022 19:25, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a
    poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.



    Isn't there a soft power architecture core meanwhile? Some time ago
    (a year or two) IBM made it "open". If available it might be a better option than risk-v or arm.



    Methinks Power PC is to fat to do as a soft core.

    Perhaps so, though it would be nice to have a 603e. Can't see
    why risc-v would be much smaller, some of the small ARMs certainly
    would be smaller. But I am not (yet) much of an fpga person so
    I can't really judge what is a practical size.


    I already had the pleasure with Power PC in a previous life.
    A Pipeline pig with 1024 ultrasonics channels and a PPC for
    each 16 or 32, don't remember. Luckily, I was responsible only
    for the Virtex FPGA nd the Coolrunner; the software guy nearly
    shot himself >
    < https://www.flickr.com/photos/137684711@N07/52167372262/in/dateposted-public/
       >

    Could not make out the PPC part no., was it that 404 (420?) or
    something like that from IBM? I considered it at some point some
    15 or 20 years ago and got frightened by its errata sheet, was
    clearly half baked at best.

    Which coolrunner did you use, the old Philips one or the Xilinx
    version (I have used both, even wrote my own logic compiler for
    the Philips one some 20-odd years ago).

    Xilinx had a fixed core PPC in one of their Virtexes. I heard
    Peter Alfke complain that it was wrong to license it from
    Motorola instead of IBM. It seems, the price was lower, but
    support was nonexistent.

    I remember that, but I am pretty sure the PPC was exactly that
    half-baked IBM core I remember, not Motorola. Motorola did
    some really good 603e spinoffs, their failure was a 7500 or something
    core (could be hung by user level code so that only hard reset
    would have an effect....).
    Now they (well, NXP) have that 5500/6500 cores (64 bit beasts) waiting
    in my drawer to get around to them, hopefully they are as good as they
    look so far to me.


    Cheers, also to Peter if he's still alive!

    He was a really fine guy. Went out of his way to find some info
    for me at some point, a really knowledgeable guy. Someone else
    already mentioned that he died.

    Gerhard


    Dimiter

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  • From Lasse Langwadt Christensen@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 24 10:31:27 2022
    fredag den 24. juni 2022 kl. 18.50.35 UTC+2 skrev Dimiter Popoff:
    On 6/23/2022 22:35, John Larkin wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:05:24 +0300, Dimiter_Popoff <d...@tgi-sci.com> wrote:

    On 6/23/2022 19:25, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:07:31 -0400, bitrex <us...@example.net> wrote:

    On 6/22/2022 9:09 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <us...@example.net> wrote: >>>>>
    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire; >>>>>>> it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on
    the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho: >>>>>>
    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some >>>>> day.


    I've tended to rely on the microchip 8-bitters a lot in my work, and >>>> they've been really thin on the ground lately, particularly the parts >>>> with a luxurious 8k of Flash or more.

    Parts with 1k are readily available though which encourages creativity, >>>> sometimes by offloading a few functions to a SPLC or using two instead >>>> of one I've got my relatively low-volume jobs done to my client's
    satisfaction.


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a
    poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.



    Isn't there a soft power architecture core meanwhile? Some time ago
    (a year or two) IBM made it "open". If available it might be a better
    option than risk-v or arm.

    efinix has a risc-v block available.

    https://www.efinixinc.com/products-riscv.html

    A modest program could run in on-chip sram.
    I see, having the core on chip makes things different.

    I suspect that risc-v has a big future. It's free.

    Perhaps so, but Power is also free now. I have only looked at
    risc-v docs - to begin with it is little-endian

    so is all the other major platforms

    (a more serious > drawback than people have been made to think for decades though not a show-stopper).

    what serious drawbacks?

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  • From Dimiter_Popoff@21:1/5 to Lasse Langwadt Christensen on Fri Jun 24 20:48:11 2022
    On 6/24/2022 20:31, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:
    fredag den 24. juni 2022 kl. 18.50.35 UTC+2 skrev Dimiter Popoff:
    On 6/23/2022 22:35, John Larkin wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:05:24 +0300, Dimiter_Popoff <d...@tgi-sci.com>
    wrote:

    On 6/23/2022 19:25, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:07:31 -0400, bitrex <us...@example.net> wrote: >>>>>
    On 6/22/2022 9:09 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <us...@example.net> wrote: >>>>>>>
    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire; >>>>>>>>> it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on
    the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho: >>>>>>>>
    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some >>>>>>> day.


    I've tended to rely on the microchip 8-bitters a lot in my work, and >>>>>> they've been really thin on the ground lately, particularly the parts >>>>>> with a luxurious 8k of Flash or more.

    Parts with 1k are readily available though which encourages creativity, >>>>>> sometimes by offloading a few functions to a SPLC or using two instead >>>>>> of one I've got my relatively low-volume jobs done to my client's
    satisfaction.


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a >>>>> poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.



    Isn't there a soft power architecture core meanwhile? Some time ago
    (a year or two) IBM made it "open". If available it might be a better
    option than risk-v or arm.

    efinix has a risc-v block available.

    https://www.efinixinc.com/products-riscv.html

    A modest program could run in on-chip sram.
    I see, having the core on chip makes things different.

    I suspect that risc-v has a big future. It's free.

    Perhaps so, but Power is also free now. I have only looked at
    risc-v docs - to begin with it is little-endian

    so is all the other major platforms

    (a more serious > drawback than people have been made to think for decades though not a show-stopper).

    what serious drawbacks?

    Do you have enough experience at low level programming to be able
    to judge that.

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  • From Lasse Langwadt Christensen@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 24 11:06:51 2022
    fredag den 24. juni 2022 kl. 19.48.18 UTC+2 skrev Dimiter Popoff:
    On 6/24/2022 20:31, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:
    fredag den 24. juni 2022 kl. 18.50.35 UTC+2 skrev Dimiter Popoff:
    On 6/23/2022 22:35, John Larkin wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:05:24 +0300, Dimiter_Popoff <d...@tgi-sci.com>
    wrote:

    On 6/23/2022 19:25, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:07:31 -0400, bitrex <us...@example.net> wrote: >>>>>
    On 6/22/2022 9:09 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:27:08 -0400, bitrex <us...@example.net> wrote: >>>>>>>
    On 6/22/2022 8:20 PM, John Larkin wrote:

    Got my boards today. We always ask for a "solder sample" to admire; >>>>>>>>> it's not guaranteed to be functional. This one has some ugly traces on
    the bottom. Maybe they did that on purpose.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ias1388kbfrednn/AACsZ0p4dN4ez90yLFVCasl6a?dl=0

    The plugin MicroZed board does the hard work.


    Looks like a cool board, the availability doesn't look so cool tho: >>>>>>>>
    <https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/us/products/avnet-boards/avnet-board-families/microzed/>

    We have a bunch in stock. Presumably this crunch will be over some >>>>>>> day.


    I've tended to rely on the microchip 8-bitters a lot in my work, and >>>>>> they've been really thin on the ground lately, particularly the parts >>>>>> with a luxurious 8k of Flash or more.

    Parts with 1k are readily available though which encourages creativity,
    sometimes by offloading a few functions to a SPLC or using two instead >>>>>> of one I've got my relatively low-volume jobs done to my client's >>>>>> satisfaction.


    We are considering a soft-core RiscV inside an efinix FPGA, sort of a >>>>> poor-persons Zynq. Lots of applications need a cpu, but not much.



    Isn't there a soft power architecture core meanwhile? Some time ago
    (a year or two) IBM made it "open". If available it might be a better >>>> option than risk-v or arm.

    efinix has a risc-v block available.

    https://www.efinixinc.com/products-riscv.html

    A modest program could run in on-chip sram.
    I see, having the core on chip makes things different.

    I suspect that risc-v has a big future. It's free.

    Perhaps so, but Power is also free now. I have only looked at
    risc-v docs - to begin with it is little-endian

    so is all the other major platforms

    (a more serious > drawback than people have been made to think for decades though not a show-stopper).

    what serious drawbacks?
    Do you have enough experience at low level programming to be able
    to judge that.

    since you are not coming up with any examples I'll just assume there isn't any ....

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  • From Gerhard Hoffmann@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 24 23:08:04 2022
    Am 24.06.22 um 18:40 schrieb Dimiter_Popoff:


    <
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/137684711@N07/52167372262/in/dateposted-public/
        >

    Arghh, the <> brackets ask the posting software not to insert
    CRLF, tabs or whatever that breaks things like URLs.
    This here would break if it was just a few chars longer.

    Could not make out the PPC part no., was it that 404 (420?) or
    something like that from IBM? I considered it at some point some
    15 or 20 years ago and got frightened by its errata sheet, was
    clearly half baked at best.

    The chip in the photo reads PPC405 in the small print.

    Which coolrunner did you use, the old Philips one or the Xilinx
    version (I have used both, even wrote my own logic compiler for
    the Philips one some 20-odd years ago).

    The Coolrunner below/left of the PPC is XILINX.
    I still use Coolrunners 2c64 or 128 as garbage collectors.

    I remember that, but I am pretty sure the PPC was exactly that
    half-baked IBM core I remember, not Motorola. Motorola did
    some really good 603e spinoffs, their failure was a 7500 or something
    core (could be hung by user level code so that only hard reset
    would have an effect....).

    Reminds me at the never ending instructions in the 68040/50?
    that could produce exceptions in a circular way, shortly
    b4 Moto gave up. Oh so wonderful stuff like double-memory-
    indirect deferred addressing. Who says x86 is complicated?

    Gerhard.

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  • From Dimiter_Popoff@21:1/5 to Gerhard Hoffmann on Sat Jun 25 00:44:48 2022
    On 6/25/2022 0:28, Gerhard Hoffmann wrote:
    Am 24.06.22 um 19:48 schrieb Dimiter_Popoff:
    On 6/24/2022 20:31, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:

    Perhaps so, but Power is also free now. I have only looked at
    risc-v docs - to begin with it is little-endian

    so is all the other major platforms

    (a more serious > drawback than people have been made to think for
    decades though not a show-stopper).

    what serious drawbacks?

    Do you have enough experience at low level programming to be able
    to judge that.

    Oh, since 8080.

    Me since the 6800 (used more the 6809 though).


    The real fun starts when the CPU offers both, trying to
    get all the customers. And then some details like bit field
    insert are inconsistent with both modes.

    Some power architecture cores do both quite well. Within
    our vpa toolchain you either use "move.size" (big endian)
    or "mover.size" (byte reversed, little endian). Neither
    needs extra opcodes on the cores we have used so far.


    And little/big endian commes from the Gulliver book by Jonathan
    Swift where two tribes go to war over the question if eggs
    should be opened on the big or little end. In computers, it is
    just so important.

    Like I said it is no game stopper but there is what is called
    "network byte order", we read and write left to right, bit
    fields are consistently addressed only on true big endian
    (where bit 0 is the most significant bit) etc.
    All of the problems caused by little endian can be worked
    around and have been, of course. But one can live without these.

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  • From Gerhard Hoffmann@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 24 23:28:54 2022
    Am 24.06.22 um 19:48 schrieb Dimiter_Popoff:
    On 6/24/2022 20:31, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:

    Perhaps so, but Power is also free now. I have only looked at
    risc-v docs - to begin with it is little-endian

    so is all the other major platforms

    (a more serious > drawback than people have been made to think for
    decades though not a show-stopper).

    what serious drawbacks?

    Do you have enough experience at low level programming to be able
    to judge that.

    Oh, since 8080.

    The real fun starts when the CPU offers both, trying to
    get all the customers. And then some details like bit field
    insert are inconsistent with both modes.

    And little/big endian commes from the Gulliver book by Jonathan
    Swift where two tribes go to war over the question if eggs
    should be opened on the big or little end. In computers, it is
    just so important.

    cheers, Gerhard.

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  • From Joe Gwinn@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 24 18:54:04 2022
    On Fri, 24 Jun 2022 23:28:54 +0200, Gerhard Hoffmann <dk4xp@arcor.de>
    wrote:

    Am 24.06.22 um 19:48 schrieb Dimiter_Popoff:
    On 6/24/2022 20:31, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:

    Perhaps so, but Power is also free now. I have only looked at
    risc-v docs - to begin with it is little-endian

    so is all the other major platforms

    (a more serious > drawback than people have been made to think for
    decades though not a show-stopper).

    what serious drawbacks?

    Do you have enough experience at low level programming to be able
    to judge that.

    Oh, since 8080.

    The real fun starts when the CPU offers both, trying to
    get all the customers. And then some details like bit field
    insert are inconsistent with both modes.

    And little/big endian comes from the Gulliver book by Jonathan
    Swift where two tribes go to war over the question if eggs
    should be opened on the big or little end. In computers, it is
    just so important.

    There is a long history. This is from the early days, when the Endian
    Wars broke out:

    .<https://www.rfc-editor.org/ien/ien137.txt>

    The above was first posted in "Re: the secret sauce" on 8 Jan 2021.

    Joe Gwinn

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