Just to note that the call deadline has been extended to Monday 29th
April at 17:00. However, if you are thinking of giving a talk or hosting
a workshop, it would be appreciated if you could submit details or get
in touch sooner, where possible.
Also appears as though my previous message to oshug@ didn't make it into
the archives, so I'm not sure if it was received? Although the post to
oshug-announce@ did. Will look into this.
On 06/02/2019 12:49, Andrew Back wrote:
> This year we will be returning to Hebden Bridge Town Hall for OSHCamp ,
> over the weekend of Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September. Details
> of the call for talks and workshops can be found below.
> -+- Open Source Hardware Camp 2019 -+-
> This year Open Source Hardware Camp will take place over the weekend
> of Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September, at Hebden Bridge Town
> Hall, St George's St, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7BY.
> Proposals for talks and workshops for OSHCamp 2019 are invited!
> There is no theme and topics may include, for example:
> * Open source hardware projects
> * Open development practices and principles
> * Novel/interesting/fun projects built using open source hardware
> * Tools (hardware and software)
> * Skills and techniques, e.g. PCB fab, DIY SMT assembly
> * Relevant technologies, e.g. SPI/I2C bus programming
> * ...something else relevant to the community
> If you would like to give a talk on the Saturday and/or run a workshop
> on the Sunday, please submit details via the form at:
> Any questions can either be directed to the list, sent to andrew at
> abopen.com, or discussed in person with myself, Sevan Janiyan or Andy
> Bennett at an OSHUG/OSSG meeting.
> **** Note that the deadline for submitting titles and abstracts is
> Monday 6th April at 17:00. If you would like to discuss ideas etc.
> please get in touch sooner, rather than later. ****
> A social is planned for the Saturday evening and details of
> accommodation nearby to the venue will be provided in due course.
Registration is now open for the 72nd meeting, which is being held in
partnership with the BCS OSSG. Details below.
Also a reminder that the OSHCamp 2019 call closes in a little under a
month, on Monday 8th April! Still plenty of opportunity to submit talk
and workshop proposals and there is an online form at:
Any questions don't hesitate to get in touch.
Event #72 — Open Source FPGA Hardware and Tooling Past, Present and Future.
On 21 March 2019, 18:30 - 20:30 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The Davidson
Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.
Once upon a time we could only use proprietary tools and development
boards supplied by FPGA vendors. This all changed in 2016 with the
advent of the IceStorm open source toolchain, combined with open
hardware like the myStorm board. With the 2nd generation of tools and
hardware, sophisticated FPGA features are opening exciting avenues for
'open source all the way down'. We hope to provide an update and crystal
ball on where some of this could be leading to.
— Tools: past to present
David Shah looks at where we have come from with the IceStorm toochain,
and looks at how this has developed recently and expanded Lattice iCE40
support to include new lower power, lower cost, reduced pin count FPGAs
to include their Ultra & Ultra Plus range.
— Hardware: past to present
Alan Wood talks about the journey through the early history of open
source FPGA open hardware from IcoBoard through myStorm too recent
UltraPlus offerings recently made available.
— Tools: present to future
IceStorm was aimed at a narrow family of iCE40 FPGAS, the new SymbiFlow
family of tools expands the open source tooling exponentially. David
Shah takes a look at NextPNR, which lies at the heart of the toolset and
deals with specific FPGA family functionality, in particular he
concentrates on the Lattice ECP5 family support he has developed with
Project Trellis as part of NextPNR and the recent 1.0 version supporting
this new family and high end FPGA features.
— Hardware: present to future
What comes next for open source FPGA hardware, after the success of
tinyFPGA and myStorm we are beginning to see ECP5 open source hardware
emerging, first with Radiona's ULX3S and being followed up by offerings
from both tinyFPGA and myStorm dev board stables. With new hardware
comes new features building on NextPNRs tooling, like DSP, SerDES I/O
gearing and DDR memory etc. Alan plots the course for these new powerful
opesource development boards.
Time permitting we can show some of what's possible with the new tools
in a brave new 'open source all the way down' world.
* David Shah is a engineer at Symbiotic EDA and a Electronic and
Information Engineering student at Imperial College London. He entered
the world of open source FPGAs by extending Project Icestorm, the iCE40
bitstream documentation project, to include the newer iCE40 UltraPlus
FPGAs. As well developing Project Trellis, he has been involved in the
development of a new open source FPGA place-and-route tool, nextpnr.
* Alan Wood has been working with parallel distributed programming for
several decades. His recent work includes smart grids, 3D printers,
robotics, automation, biotec diagnostics and designing FPGA dev boards.
His current research is focused on machine learning for embedded
automation using FPGAs. He is a long term advocate of open source
communities, a moderator (aka Folknology) for xCORE, the co-founder of
myStorm open hardware FPGA community, as well as a co-founder of Surrey
and Hampshire Makerspace.
Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.