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A breakout board for learning and applying FPGAs. A seriously powerful electronics tool for your projects.
A breakout board for learning and applying FPGAs. A seriously powerful electronics tool for your projects.
709 backers pledged $21,688 to help bring this project to life.

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More details about the Fipsy FPGA are on our website.


Advantages

  • A very low price point for an introductory FPGA board. Other boards are closer to $60, which is too much of a price barrier for beginners. We are closer to $10.

  • Designed for rapid prototyping – with a breadboard-compatible design

  • Only uses free or open source design tools

  • Supported by numerous examples and guides from a DIY community

  • FPGAs fundamentally allow for ongoing, and adaptable hardware configurations and control, even once embedded

  • Unlike other FPGAs, this model does not lose is configuration on reboot

FPGAs, or Field Programmable Gate Arrays allow a designer to program logic circuits at the hardware level, on the fly. This can greatly speed up processing or allow for massively parallel operations. FGPAs are described as a system designers ‘magical black bag’, in that they can be dynamically reconfigured to do any arbitrary type of digital processing.

Sadly, FPGAs are a mysterious topic to most DIY tech-types. Specifically, the barriers to entry are the large learning curves, high costs, and limited open source examples.

Our Fipsy FPGA device and learning material solves this issue head on!

Background

In 2016, our group was shocked to find that no cheap alternatives have existed since 2015 when the DISPY FPGA project was a finalist for 2015 Product of the Year. This project was inactive, so we revived it under the banner ‘Fipsy’. Now we have created numerous instruction guides, sample projects, and a commitment to on-going support and production.

We are building exactly the board we wished we had when we were learning about FPGAs.

The Kickstarter will launch a supply of DIY-friendly FPGA boards. Funding will be reinvested in purchasing additional boards so that cheap FPGAs will be available to all future makers. MoCo Makers supports the learning process with guides published on our website.

The Fipsy Development Timeline
The Fipsy Development Timeline

What will we do with the money?

With a the funds from this Kickstarter we will place a first batch order of Fipsy FGPAs. A successful campaign will allow future batches to be ordered as well, meaning we will have a perpetual stock of FPGAs to supply the hobbyist market!

We have a working prototype sponsored by our manufacturer, Allied Component Works.

Revenues will go towards the purchase of further batch orders, so that Makers everywhere can leverage the enormous benefits of FPGAs..

Imagine the possibilities FPGAs can offer:

  • Learn about FGPA/systems design

  • I/O Port extender

  • Glue between different embedded systems

  • Software-based circuit configuration

  • Simplified prototype boards, e.g. to wire up microcontrollers and periphery electronics on the fly

  • Digital bus controller

  • PWM controller, e.g. for huge LED panels

  • Frequency generation

  • Real-time modification of signal streams, such as HDMI

  • Create neural network analogues

Learning about FPGAs

All you need is the FGPA device, and you can learn from our guides

Get the Fipsy device, and you can apply an amazing and powerful electronics tool to your future projects!

Risks and challenges

We are in regular communication with the manufacturer, and have multiple working prototypes. As such we feel confident that if we meet our financial goal, we can begin filling orders rapidly.

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    One Fipsy FPGA

    Pins are inlcuded, but you need to solder them on yourself.

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    Two Fipsy Pack

    Two Fipsy FPGAs with unsoldered pins

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    One Pre-soldered Fipsy FPGA

    A pre-soldered FPGA, ready to plug into your breadboard.

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    Fipsy FPGA Four-Pack

    Four pack of FPGAs. Pins need to be soldered on.

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    Pre-soldered Fipsy FPGA Two-Pack

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    Fipsy FPGA Ten-Pack

    Get a 10 pack of Fipsy FGPA boards. Great for prototyping and teaching classes. Pins need to be soldered on.

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    Pre-soldered FPGA Ten-Pack

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