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This is the knowledge database of the HES-SO Valais Wallis Institute of Systems Engineering Infotronics Unit (UIT). It's the place to share experiences, findings, how-to's and everything else about HDL, Telecom, Embedded Systems and related topics.

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It's time to see life in PYNQ

PYNQ is an open-source project from Xilinx that makes it easy to design embedded systems with Xilinx Zynq All Programmable Systems on Chips (APSoCs).


Top Programming Languages 2016 according to IEEE Spectrum

C finally in top place at the IEEE Spectrums 2016 Top Programming Languages Ranking, surpassing Java, followed by Python and C++.
Following a general trend of languages related to big-data becoming increasingly important, R managed to get to 5th place.


First GroupFPGA meeting

The GroupFPGA has been founded to bring together all the collaborators at HEI instersted in programmable logic. The first meeting was accompanied by a presentation of the SpinalHDL by its inventor Charles Papon. A workshop about this language is planned in the near future.


Raspberry Pi 3 has been released

The Raspberry Pi 3 finally has built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (and BLE) and still only costs 35$. In comparison to the Raspberry Pi 2, the processor is about 50% faster with the 64-bit, 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A53 and the graphics chips' speed is increased to 400 MHz. On the other side, the maximal current consumption is increased to 2.5 A.


The freshest version of QtCreator now includes an UML-Editor

The Modeling-Editor is still an early version, therefore it has to be activated in Help -> Plugin -> ModelEditor but it supports already Package, Class, Component, Use case and Activity diagrams. Elements can be added to the graphical view not only from the toolbar or the elements tree, but also by dropping source files on it.


HyperCam hyperspectral camera

Microsoft Research and the Universitiy of Washington just released a paper describing a camera that takes pictures at 17 different wavelengths.


SpinalHDL introduction in complex HDL projects

SpinalHDL, a very new high level hardware description library, is now used on the HDL complex design xADDACore - a fully auto-generated and customizable architecture for wide-band impedance spectroscopy (compatible with multiple hardware, some targeted projects : HiSADDA, IGOR V, MiniBioDet and OLGM). More details on :


HDL-Designer 2015.1 is now available on guo's Software Server

  • VHDL 2008 enhancements
  • SystemVerilog Assistant
  • Xilinx Vivado interface
  • bugfixes and minor enhancements


Model-/QuestaSim 10.4a is now available on guo's Software Server

  • Performance improvements for SV (OVM/UVM), VHDL, HTML and libraries
  • New Toolbars (Edit Preferences)
  • discontinued support for Windows XP and Vista!


Synplify 2015.3 is now available on guo's Software Server

  • Compiler Enhancements
  • ...


WinPython is now available on guo's Software Server

  • new packages: numpy, jsonschema, mistune, ...
  • upgraded many packages


Qt 5.4 including Qt Creator 3.3.0 has been released

Check the Summary of New Features


Microsemi Libero SoC 11.4 is now available on guo's Software Server

  • Enlarged support for SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 families
  • Runtime and UI improvements
  • SoftConsole v3.4 requires the SP1 to be compatible with Libero SoC v11.4


Xilinx ISE 14.7 is now available on guo's Software Server

IMPORTANT: As ISE enters it's sustaining phase of product life there will be no more major releases. However, updates and patches might still be released.

  • 7 series and Zynq device and IP updates


New Heavyweight FPGA Champion: Xilinx announced the new Virtex UltraScale All Programmable devices

This 3D IC contains three die (SLR) to achieve:

  • 4.4M logic cells (approx. 50M ASIC gates)
  • 88.6 Mbits BRAM
  • 2880 DSP48 slices (4268 GMACs/sec)
  • hard-IPs: 6 x PCIe, 3 x 100G Ethernet MAC, 48 x 16.3 Gbps transceivers
  • 1456 I/O Pins


In need of a Qt Library? Like to publish one? Check out #inqlude!

Inqlude is meant to be the place where you find all information and pointers to Qt libraries, components or modules. There's the webpage, a format for describing Q-based libraries and a command line client to install libraries. It's all still in alpha phase, but certainly worth a look. For more and up-to-date information follow this link.


Xilinx ISE 14.6 is now available on guo's Software Server

  • IP updates
  • further Device Support for Zynq-7000 and Defenense-Grade Zynq-7000Q, Artix-7Q, Virtex-7Q


IGLOO for the masses: Microsemi announced the new IGLOO2 FPGA

Like the old IGLOOs, it's based on the non-volatile Flash technology, with it's advantages of independence from external configuration devices, lower power (flash freeze), higher radiation immunity and security. Up until now, Flash based devices have been rather small. But with IGLOO2, Microsemi is now in direct competition with the other important FPGA manufacturers. IGLOO2 has

  • 6-150 kLUTs (like Xilinx Artix-7 or Spartan6)
  • up to 16 5G SerDes (competitors: <10)
  • max. 574 User IOs (like Spartan6, more than Artix-7)
  • 700-5000 kBits RAM
  • up to 2 DDR controllers and 4 PCIe endpoints

The M2GL050 is already shipping and starts at less than $7USD for high volume orders.


OSVVM release 2013.05 is now available on guo's Software Server

  • adds large vector randomization
  • has a work around for some Aldec issues

The IEEE Std 1800-2012 a.k.a. SystemVerilog is available for download

The 31 new features, 60 clarifications and 71 corrections of the standard include:

  • Multiple inheritance !
  • Soft constraints
  • Uniqueness constraints
  • A different global clock can be defined for each hierarchy scope

More infos here

UIT Wiki Presentation

The presentation slides can be downloaded here.

UVM 1.1b

This bugfix release is available for download now.

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