Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 10.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

LOGI, when FPGA meets community supported ARM platforms.

Hello Backers! We are Valent F(x) and this our Inaugural Kickstarter!

Thank you for taking time to view our Kickstarter page! Valent F(x)’s team of like-minded professionals, hobbyists, and open-source enthusiasts have been hard at work on our first major project: the LOGi-family of FPGA boards, designed to interface, enable and greatly expand the functionality of Raspberry Pi’s and Beaglebone Black’s community supported development platforms. 

Valent F(x) believes in the power of user-focused collaborative design, and strives to fill the multitude of gaps in existing electronics modules, development boards, and breakout boards with elegant, creative and functional solutions that add value to your next creative electronics project! At Valent F(x) we not only facilitate design, we also handle the fabrication of your ideas and assist in the development of requisite supporting software and drivers. 

 We live in a world with an abundance of available electronics hardware, including embedded development and FPGA hardware. Many of the available platforms require proprietary programming hardware, have custom port interfaces and cannot easily connect to different types of electronics peripherals. Valent F(x) overcomes these challenges by developing open source hardware that is easy to use, eliminates the need for expensive programmers, and interfaces with a multitude of existing hardware peripherals. 

 From concept to reality, and everything in between, our ever-growing team of creative professionals at Valent F(x) is dedicated to simplifying the complexities of electronics design for hobbyists, enthusiast, and working professionals! 

 Enough about us at Valent F(x), let’s talk about the real reason you are here-the LOGi-family, a series of user-friendly FPGA development boards. The LOGi-family of FPGA development boards are designed with the hobbyist in mind, and created to expand the functionality of your next electronics project!

What are the LOGi-Series of FPGA Boards? 

The LOGi-family is a series of FPGA development boards that were created with a dual-use purpose: to limit the sharp learning curve associated with FPGA development; and to enable the unification of existing hardware interfaces and open-source development platforms, such as the Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black.

LOGi-Bone for the Beaglebone
LOGi-Bone for the Beaglebone
LOGi-Pi for the Raspberry Pi
LOGi-Pi for the Raspberry Pi

A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is a programmable logic device that turns code written in a hardware descriptive language (HDL), such as Verilog or VHDL, into a specialized logic-circuit that can process data in a highly parallel fashion; enabling the FPGA to run an application or particular function with much better power/performance ratios than a typical processor. This performance increase is due to the fact that typical software has to be translated from easily readable code, to a series of ones-and-zeros that is easily interpreted by the processor. An FPGA turns your easily readable code into a collection of connected logic-gates, enabling your idea to be realized as a specialized chip that does exactly what you want it to do, with minimum latency.

FPGA development is an invaluable technology that allows a single board to morph in functionality to fit the needs of changing project environments. However, that is just where Valent F(x) started. We all know there are other options for FPGA development, so what’s so new and interesting about the LOGi-family of FPGA boards? Our collaborative team wanted FPGA boards that could just as easily work with our favorite open-source hardware development boards, like the Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black.

Since we are a team comprised of working professionals, we know exactly how clunky and difficult FPGA boards can be to interface with, so we devised a more user friendly-method that would make even a hobbyist smile, by allowing the user to program their LOGi-board through their favorite development platform: Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone Black. Don’t worry, if you already have a JTAG programmer, or just want use the LOGi-boards in a standalone configuration, we left the JTAG header on the LOGi-family of FPGA boards just for you!

Would you like some more information on the LOGi-Boards, FPGA design, how CPU and FPGA are meant for each other?  Have a look at our articles on MagPi that give you the basics of why you might like to use the LOGi boards with a low cost high performance CPU.  

MagPi Article From Issue 16 - Page 24 -  “Raspberry Pi Meets FPGA”

MagPi Article From Issue 18 - Page 28 -  “LOGi-Pi Spartan6 FPGA Board - Hardware / Software Co-Design”

Technical Specs 

Some of you may be asking yourself, “Great, but what are the specs on this LOGi-board you keep talking about?” A good question always deserves a good answer, so here we go: The heart of the LOGi-family of FPGA boards is a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA. These are highly capable, cost-effective FPGAs that enable a wide-range of electronics projects to be realized. Additionally, the Valent F(x) team has created two versions of the LOGi-board, called the LOGi-Pi and LOGi-Bone, to interface with two popular open source development boards, the Rasberry Pi and Beaglebone Black.

 The LOGi-Pi has a connector on the bottom of the FPGA board that allows you to connect the LOGi-Pi to the Rasberry Pi’s GPIO header. Alternatively, if you are an avid Beaglebone Black user, the LOGi-Bone has two rows of connectors on the underside of the FPGA board that allows you to interface with the 2x46-pin headers on the Beaglebone Black development board.

 LOGi-Bone Features: 

  • Xilinx Spartan 6 LX9 TQFP-144 FPGA 9,152 Logic Cells, 16 DSP48A1 Slices, 576Kb RAM
  • Beaglebone Black Optimized 4 Layer Optimized Design to Support Maximum Performance of High Bandwidth Applications Length-tuned GPMC, SDRAM, LVDS Signals 3.3v I/O Regulator and 1.2v Core 
  • Regulator 256 Mb SDRAM connected to the FPGA 
  • 2x LEDs 2x Push Buttons 2x DIP Switches 
  • 1x High Bandwidth SATA connector expansion port, Length tuned and impedance routed differential signals for maximum bandwidth (Designed for modular LVDS expansion, Not SATA devices - see FAQ on SATA connector) 
  • 2x Digilent Inc. PMOD ports supporting 59+ plug-and-play hardware modules 
  • 1x Arduino compatible headers connected to the FPGA pins (3.3V only) Supports over 200+ Arduino Shield Modules 
  • Optional GPMC, SPI or I2C port access from the Beaglebone Black 
  • 10x Length-tuned LVDS Pairs 
  • Bit-Stream loading interface connected to the host processor, optional bitstream FPGA self-loading from onboard Flash. 

 LOGi-Pi Specific Features 

  • Xilinx Spartan 6 LX9 FPGA 9,152 Logic Cells, 16 DSP48A1 Slices, 576Kb RAM
  • Plug-and-Play Interfacing for the Raspberry Pi 4 Layer Optimized Design to Support Maximum Performance of High Bandwidth Applications Length-tuned GPMC, SDRAM, LVDS Signals 
  • 3.3V I/O Regulator and 1.2V Core Regulator 
  • 256 Mb SDRAM connected to the FPGA 
  • 2x LEDs 2x Push Buttons 2x DIP Switches
  • 1x High Bandwidth SATA connector expansion, port Length tuned and impedance routed differential signals for maximum bandwidth (Designed for modular LVDS expansion, Not SATA devices - see FAQ on SATA connector)
  • 2x Digilent Inc. PMOD ports supporting 59+ plug-and-play hardware modules 
  • 1x Arduino compatible headers connected to the FPGA pins (3.3V only) Supports over 200+ Arduino Shield Modules 
  • 10x Length-tuned LVDS Pairs 32 FPGA I/O available through PMOD and Arduino headers 
  • Connection to the SPI Interface of the Raspberry Pi (3.8 MBps maximum Bandwidth) 
  • Connection to 16 I/O of the Raspberry Pi expansion port (including SPI, UART, I2C and GCLK and GPIO). 
  • Bit-Stream loading interface connected to the host processor, optional bitstream FPGA self-loading from onboard Flash. 

The LOGi Family FPGA boards allow beginning or experienced FPGA developers a plug-and-play experience with popular embedded systems including the Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone and (soon) the Arduino DUE and more popular CPU platforms. The LOGi Team and the LOGi family of boards create a closed-loop solution including applications and hardware for a low-cost, easy-to-use, highly-functional FPGA development solution that complements current COTS hardware peripherals and systems.

How Do I Get Started with the LOGi-Boards? 

We also provide a github repository that hosts easy to use demos that the user can simply download and run (with a single script) to easily test the hardware, or use as a starting point to develop their own software. Since Valent F(x) believes in Open Source, our github repository will also allow advanced users to share their own demos and project with other users of the community.

Current State of Project

LOGi-Loader : Each LOGi-board comes with supporting software to load a bit-stream from the host development board with a single command. No need for a JTAG or bulky programming command. Simply open a terminal screen on the Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone Black and type: >> logi_loader file.bit to get your hardware architecture loaded and running on the LOGi-Board. Or the user can create daemon to automatically load a given bitstream from the host during system startup. Finally, the user can configure the FPGA to self-configure from onboard flash each time the FPGA is powered on.

LOGi-Driver : The Raspberry Pi uses a SPI driver to allow communication with the FPGA on the LOGi-Board. The Beaglebone requires a specific kernel module and device tree support files to permit the LOGi-bone to interface through the GPMC pins. All these files are available on our Valent F(x) github repository and have been tested to ensure they are working. This allows the user more time to focus on your electronics project development, and less time troubleshooting.

LOGi-Library : Our team at Valent F(x) has developed a C-library communication abstraction layer to enable the host development board (either Beaglebone Black or Raspberry Pi) and wishbone-based architecture inside the FPGA to readily communicate with one another. Just use the provided read/write function of the library in your C code to send and receive data from the LOGI-board. For the Raspberry Pi the library is a Python wrapper and was designed to allow the LOGi-Pi to appear as a software object, giving the user more time to focus on writing Python code, and less time worrying about interfacing with the FPGA.

LOGi-Hard: What would a FPGA be without the ability to easily interface with hardware components? Our team at Valent F(x) wanted to provide a library of free to use, open source IP’s that implement a wishbone master from the host processor (SPI based for the Raspberry Pi, GPMC based for the Beaglebone Black), a set of wishbone peripherals (wishbone-registers, wishbone-memory, wishbone-fifo …) and a set of interface peripherals (servo-controller, pwm-controller, ad-controller, pid-controller …). These IP’s allow a user to spend more time having fun realizing their concept, and less time searching for answers to their interfacing questions.

Many further IP cores can be downloaded directly from opencores.org that can be used directly wtih the LOGi hardware wishbone interface. This allows the user to easily use a very wide array of existing IP from the vast array of existing open source cores available.

LOGi-Bot
LOGi-Bot

LOGi-Demo: Our Valent F(x) team is comprised professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts who want to use the LOGi-boards as much as you do! Below is a set of demos that are based on the LOGI-Hardware library and custom software components (available on our Valent F(x) github repository) that showcase a small subset of electronics projects that you can create with the LOGi-family of FPGA boards. All of these projects are pre-built and verified to be working so that the user can simply download, load and run the demos with no design and debug time! These projects include: 

  • Blink led demo : What is best to get started when working with a FPGA ? Just blink a led, this is the “Hello world” of hardware architecture. Once you master the basics, anything is possible! 
  • Machine vision demo (using Jonathan Piat’s hard-cv library): Run a Sobel filter, Gaussian filter, Harris corner detector on the LOGi-Cam and view the results in your web-browser with a custom mjpg-streamer plugin. 
  • Bitcoin-mining demo (using open source bitcoin miner) : Earn money while sitting on your couch, the LOGi-Pi or LOGi-Bone and respective host processor does all the hard work for you. 
  • Autonomous Vehicle Control demo : This demo provide all the material to start designing your own Autonomous Ground Vehicle (AGV). The architecture controls the servo, runs a PID controller, and detect colors using the LOGi-Cam. A software stack written in Python handles inputs from GPS and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to guide your AGV through a series waypoints. - and more to come ! (maybe even examples from our Backers!)
LOGi-Face Driving LOGi-Bot
LOGi-Face Driving LOGi-Bot

Some of Our Functional Prototypes in Action

LOGi-Camera Package - Machine Vision with the LOGi-Boards

Applications in image processing technology are becoming more and more prevalent with the availability of low cost high performance electronics systems.  The addition of image processing algorithms to such systems enables applications such as object tracking and detection, autonomous movement, ambient change recognition, etc.  Image processing is known to be very data processing intensive based on the amount of data needed to be processed and the speed which the data needs to be processed.  FPGA technology handles both of these requirements very well, which makes FPGA’s, especially in conjunction with high performance embedded systems, a very powerful tool for implementing a vast array of applications.

The LOGi-Cam is designed specifically make machine vision applications with the LOGi-Boards a snap.  The LOGi-Cam PCB allows for a plug and play experience with the OV7670 or the OV7725 cameras and the LOGi-Boards.  The kickstarter LOGi-Cam package will ship with OV7670 Camera module and will allow you start working directly with the existing LOGi machine vision code by Jonathan Piat.

LOGi-Cam - LOGi-Pi/Raspberry Pi
LOGi-Cam - LOGi-Pi/Raspberry Pi
LOGi-Cam - LOGi-Bone/Beaglebone Black
LOGi-Cam - LOGi-Bone/Beaglebone Black

LOGi-EDU Package for the LOGi-Pi - FPGA HDL Educational Pathway

The LOGi-EDU package is an education pathway to allow FPGA beginners to easily learn the basics of FPGAs and HDL design. The educational path walks beginners through the basic steps of FPGA design by using examples from the book “FPGA Prototyping By Verilog Examples” or “FPGA Prototyping By VHDL Examples”. The examples can be run by using the add-on EDU expansion module that supports the book examples and applications. Using these examples allows the user to quickly get up to speed with the basics of FPGA design and allows the user to migrate to designing and working with greater complexity applications. There are many FPGA resources that do not give all of the information needed, or omit some of the relevant information required to fully understand the basic and advanced topics of developing FPGA designs. The books chosen contain the crucial concepts of FPGA design in a practical and concise way that will get the reader up and running in an efficient manner.

LOGi-EDU LOGi-Pi/Raspberry Pi
LOGi-EDU LOGi-Pi/Raspberry Pi

Incremental progress of the LOGi-Boards - From our first spark to where we are today

The design of the LOGi family of FPGA development boards started a year and an half ago with the design of the MARK-1 that targeted the educational market with an easy to use FPGA board full of peripherals. The board was presented to World Maker Faire New York in 2012 and won an Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon.

FPGA-MARK-1 - REV1
FPGA-MARK-1 - REV1

With the second revision of the board we tried to address the connectivity with popular development platform by adding a connector for the Raspberry-Pi and the Beaglebone.

FPGA-MARK-1 - REV2
FPGA-MARK-1 - REV2

A lot of effort was put into developing drivers and the software architecture to abstract the communication between the processor and the FPGA. The Mark1 was put into the hands of multiple experienced users to get feedback and see what people would do with it. At the same time we decided to create a set of new boards dedicated for the Beaglebone and the Raspberry-Pi.  

LOGi-Pi/Bone REV1
LOGi-Pi/Bone REV1

These boards had to match the form factor of the hosting platform, have external RAM, and simplify the design to take advantage of the host platform features. The LOGi-Pi and LOGi-Bone were born and we have extensively worked on them since then. The two boards have already been through multiple revisions to improve component layout, pin routing and add new features. The LOGi-Boards are now ready for the market, and we are continuing work on the software and hardware layers to provide a stable platform and hardware/software support for hassle-free integration into your project.

What will the Money Be Used For?

This Kickstarter will help fund an initial batch of LOGi boards and get the boards into our backer’s hands. Moreover our final goal is to build a community of hardware/software developers around the LOGi-Boards. Any funds beyond our initial goal will help us to develop an ecosystem of tools for the boards and produce educational content.  Further, if we raise enough funds, we will increase production and start distributing the LOGi-boards to some of your favorite maker-sites (more to follow).

LOGi-Trinkets  

We thought that we would spice up the use of PCBs by creating some LOGi-Trinket Bling. Note that one of the rewards is for one of the LOGi-Trinkets which can be seen in the pictures. These Trinkets will work well on a key-ring, necklace, earrings or used as firewood, whatever you like. The cool thing is that we want you guys to decide what design we end up using for the final trinket. We are personally voting for the puzzle piece. Do you guys have better ideas, specifically for the saying on the backing? We are looking at throwing a trinket into each of the current packages for those that backed a board package. 

Manufacturing Production and Fulfillment Plan

We have chosen a turn-key solution for our manufacturing and fulfillment steps. Our manufacturer has quoted a turn around time of 30 days from the date of order to the fulfillment of our boards.  We have conservatively stated ship dates of April 2014 in anticipation of any hold-ups or conflicts in the manufacturing process.  The LOGi-Boards will be MFG’d using pick and place for parts and stencil reflow of parts to ensure high quality, high yield MFG process.

Timeline and Plan for MFG from the start of our kickstarter (30 Days)

DEC 10 - Kickstarter Begins - Final Planning and Setup of MFG:

  • Inform MFG house of our intent to MFG in the next 30 days in order to minimize quoted lead time
  • Work with our MFG to set up our test fixtures, test procedures and fulfillment processing plan

JAN 10 - Close of Kickstarter - MFG of Early Adopter Boards (30-60 Days)

  • Submit deposit of funds to our MFG in order for them to purchase parts, create stencils, create fixtures, etc.
  • Receive first article test build from MFG before doing our full MFG run
  • Approve MFG to begin full production run of boards of early adopter boards
  • Boards will be MFG’d using pick and place and solder paste reflow then quality control inspected
  • Begin fabrication of all LOGi-Trinkets  
  • Begin fabrication of LOGi-Cam and LOGi-EDU boards

FEB 10 - MARCH 10 - Fulfillment of Early Adopter LOGi-Boards and LOGi-Trinkets (7 Days)

  • Once boards have met quality control processing the MFG will ship out all Early Adopter orders

FEB10 - MFG of Second run of LOGi-Boards (30 Days)

  • Work out any bugs or processes from the first LOGi-Board run and begin our second run of LOGi-Boards with higher quantities

MARCH 10 - APRIL 10 -  Fulfillment of  Second run of LOGi-Boards and LOGi-Cam, LOGi-EDU packages (7 Days)

  • Once boards have met quality control processing the MFG will ship out all standard release LOGi-Board, LOGi-Cam and LOGi-EDU orders
Logi-Trinket Candidates
Logi-Trinket Candidates
LOGi-Trinkets Key-Ring
LOGi-Trinkets Key-Ring

Listing of External LOGi-Board Content

Sites

Valent F(x) Home

LOGi Repository with drivers, applications, etc

LOGi Wiki Page

Videos

LOGi-AVC Quick Overview

LOGi-Machine Vision Video 1

LOGi-Machine Vision Video 2

LOGi-EDU Video Overview

LOGi-Face Video1 Overview

LOGi-Face Video2 - Running Applications

LOGi-Team Members

MICHAEL JONES

Michael Jones founded Valent F(x) in hopes of creating unique electronics designs for the electronics community and providing electronics design consulting.  Michael enjoys designing hardware, firmware, software and PCB's.  Michael Co-Founded the LOGi-Boards in hopes of creating a versatile platform for beginners to advanvanced users to use FPGAs in conjunction with poplular embedded platorms or in a standalone fashion.  Michael hopes that by making the LOGi family an open source hardware platform that many users will expand upon, collaborate and work together to create unique and innovative digital designs in the electronics realm.

JONATHAN PIAT

Jonathan Piat is an associate professor at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse (France). Jonathan Co-Founded the LOGi-Boards.  He holds a joint appointment in the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems, a CNRS research unit where he is now working on the integration of robotics algorithms on FPGA-based dedicated hardware. His main research interests include dataflow-models, hardware/software co-design, embedded vision and robotics.

ANDY GIKLING

Andy has a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Andy has a great deal of experience with Linux, FPGA's and embedded systems.  Andy has worked on some pretty cutting edge electronic projects with real-time control systems for robotics and lasers.  Andy Enjoys working with robotics, FPGA and embedded systems in his spare time.

James Browning

James is one cool electronics dude with the best looking pipe I have seen.  James has been known to puff on that sweet looking pipe and put together some elegant solutions to complex problems.  James has added a special touch to the making of the LOGi-Boards.  

DAVE ANDERSON

Dave Anderson has loved hardware ,software and robots for (too) many years. With a background in RF and mixed Signal Semiconductor testing, Dave loves to put circuits and software together. Conceptualizing, Prototyping and building new functions (and working out bugs ) are his major interests.  His current Logi-Family effort is with the RPI  using Python , sensors , servos, and the FPGA Blocks to make an extensible autonomous  robot vehicle.  Dave always keeps asking: Wouldn't it be cool if it could do this? Dave's hobbies include, Home metal and wood working, Growing ornamental plants,  Building reprap 3D printers and an open source hardware design for third World Solar led lighting.

TING CAO

Ting has over 10 years of software and firmware development experience in embedded and mobile platforms. Ting was a member of the development team for AccuTerra, an Apple Design Award winning iOS app. Ting holds a certificate of Embedded System Design Program from University of Colorado, and MS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics.

BRIAN WIEC

Brian has great amount of experience working with FPGA's, in particular in the area of DSP and other very specialized applications.  Brian enjoys working with FPGA's and embeddes systems in his spare time.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The LOGi-Boards have already been through several revisions and are continuously tested by Valent F(x) team members and early adopters. Current versions of the LOGi-Boards will only require minor revisions to ensure compatibility with the manufacturing process of our fabricator.

Manufacturing is always a risk and a challenge. A very established manufacturer has been chosen to build the LOGi-Boards. We will be in close communication with the MFG to ensure that the process goes smoothly.

FAQ

  • The Software for development is Xilinx Webpack ISE, which is a Free download from xilinx’s site: http://www.xilinx.com/products/design-tools/ise-design-suite/ise-webpack.htm

    This will allow you to develop all of your own custom applications from scratch or by building on top of the existing LOGi-drivers/applications/etc that can be found on the LOGi-Repository.

    We are working to making the application development process as painless as possible. So please feel free to send your thoughts and feedback on the process!

    We have put together a Quick Start guide for the LOGi-Bone and the LOGi-Pi which has a section covering how to download, install and get started with the ISE tools.
    http://valentfx.com/wiki/index.php…

    Last updated:
  • The LOGi-EDU requires 4 PMOD expansion connector to fully support all of the EDU functionality. The LOGi-Bone has only 2 PMODs and the LOGi-Pi has 4 PMODs. The LOGi-Bone design differs from the LOGi-Pi in that there were extra pins needs to implement the GPMC parallel bus between the FPGA and the Beaglebone. For these reasons the LOGi-EDU is only compatible with the LOGI-Pi.

    Last updated:
  • The SATA connectors on the LOGi-Boards were not implemented to communicate with SATA devices, but to provide an easy to use, low cost LVDS expansion port. SATA interfaces are very widely used which make the cables and connectors very low cost and easily accessible.

    We plan on taking advantage of using the high performance nature of the impedance controlled cables and connectors to easily extend the FPGA’s high speed LVDS signals to external custom designed LVDS expansion modules.

    The Spartan 6 LX9 FPGA on the LOGi boards is specified to support up to 950 Mbps using the LVDS IO. The FPGA does not contain any hard IP in the fabric to interface with SATA devices.

    Last updated:
  • You can add different reward offerings to your existing pledge. Kickstarter does not allow for multiple reward items to be packaged into a single reward package. However, Kickstarter does allow you to increase your pledge value to any value you like. To add items to your existing pledge you can simply increase your pledge value by the increment of the extra items that you would like to add. We will send out after the kickstarter has ended and you can specify that you pledged an increased amount to cover the extra items. We will double check the pledge value and items and ship you the items that you asked for.

    After the campaign ends we will send out a survey that will let you specify which combination of rewards you would like to receive that corresponds to the dollar amount of your pledge. Please email with any further questions.

    Instructions:
    Go to 'Manage Your Pledge' and add the dollar amount for any rewards you would like add on. For example, if you want to add an additional LOGi-Pi, you would add $89 to your pledge.

    Last updated:
  • The LOGi-Bone is fully compatible with the Beaglebone White. When used with the Beaglebone-Black, the LOGI-bone will require to disable the onboard eMMC (we will provide useful information for this in the documentation), due to GPMC lines being shared with the eMMC. In its current version the LOGI-bone device-tree files will also de-activate sound over HDMI on the beaglebone-black. This is just a software problem for now that we hope to address in the near future.

    Last updated:
  • The LOGi-Boards can be used without the Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone Host. We think it’s a lot funner to use the FPGA in conjunction with the screaming performance of the Host ARM processors, but the FPGA can work in solidarity if the user wishes. For a “lite” CPU/FPGA implementation the user can use Xilinx Microblaze 32 bit softcore within the FPGA.

    The Pi/Bone headers may mechanically make a bit of a challenge to use the boards by themselves. If it is popular demand to use the boards in standalone mode, Valent F(x) will design a barebone base pcb that would act as a platform for the LOGi-Board to mount to in place of the Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone and would breakout all the signals that were routed to the host. Let us know if this is of interest!

    Last updated:
  • The LOGi-Boards have a 5 pin JTAG header available to interface with the FPGA. Digilent Inc. offers some low cost JTAG solutions that will work with the LOGi-Boards.

    Last updated:
  • Fortunately for all of us, we live in a world with many different flavors of electronics! In the FPGA realm we are moving toward high density, multi-functioning devices. There are some new FPGA/CPU chips on the market including the Altera’s SOC and Xilinx SOC chips. Some of these chips offer dual and Quad-Core ARM CPU’s!

    The LOGi-Boards do not attest to compete in performance with the latest SOC chips, but we believe they are a heck of alot easier to use! The LOGi-Boards reveal themselves to the world in a humble, “Spartan 6 TQFP”, manner. We believe that they have a place in the world, right at the highly functional, easy to use, entry level point to using FPGA with ARM Co-Processing.

    The current LOGi-Board offerings are our entry level offering with what we found to be the most cost effective/performance ratio entry into the market. With the success of the current offering we hope to begin addressing the Camaro, higher horsepower, offerings in the future, but think that it makes sense to start small and expand!

    Thoughts to consider between the LOGi and an SOC:
    * Unrivaled ARM/Linux Community Support with Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone
    * A wide variety of libraries, applications, drivers already developed for the Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone hardware
    * Plug it and Play - eliminate the error prone nature of creating your own custom connections from other FPGA boards to the bone or Pi or to external hardware peripherals
    *LOGi pre-designed running applications - many more to come!
    * LOGi easy to use, flexible wishbone API with python and C wrappers
    * The comparable power consumption of the Spartan 6 is very low compared to most SOCs

    Last updated:
  • The LOGi-bone can be stacked with other Beaglebone shields. The LOGi-bone utilized GPMC, SPI and I2C ports of the beaglebone. It is the users responsibility to ensure that there are no conflicts with these peripherals in order for the LOGi-Bone to function properly.

    Last updated:
878
Backers
$114,126
pledged of $6,900 goal
0
seconds to go
Valentfx_logo_square.medium

See full bio

  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    15 backers

    LOGi VIP. You can be a LOGi-VIP and be listed on a dedicated website page on valentfx.com. We appreciate your support!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $12 or more
    You selected

    3 backers Limited (497 left of 500)

    LOGi PCB Trinket. Choose from a selection of pre-designed PCB trinkets that can be used as a key-ring, bracelet, or necklace.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $2 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $69 or more
    You selected

    49 backers Limited (1 left of 50)

    LOGi-Pi Early Adopter. Hello fellow Raspberry Pi fan! As a special reward for being an early adopter, you will receive 1x LOGi-Pi FPGA Shield as part of our first fabrication run at a reduced price. We hope you enjoy your LOGi-Pi and consider becoming a part of our Valent F(x) community of hackers, makers, hobbyists, and electronics enthusiasts! (Raspberry Pi not included)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $69 or more
    You selected

    50 backers All gone!

    LOGi-Bone Early Adopter. Hello fellow Beaglebone Black Fan! As a special reward for being an early adopter, you will receive 1x LOGi-Bone FPGA Cape as part of our first fabrication run, at a reduced price. We hope you enjoy your LOGi-Bone and consider becoming a part of our Valent F(x) community of hackers, makers, hobbyists, and electronics enthusiasts! (Beaglebone Black not included)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $89 or more
    You selected

    136 backers

    LOGi-Pi Raspberry Pi Shield/Plate. A fan of Raspberry Pi, but missed out on the early adopter reward level? No worries! We still want you to enjoy the LOGi-Pi and will have a select number of LOGi-Pi shields available as part of our inaugural LOGi-Pi fabrication run. You will receive 1x LOGi-Pi. As always, we thank you for your support and hope you consider becoming a part of our Valent F(x) community! (Raspberry Pi not included)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $89 or more
    You selected

    77 backers

    LOGi-Bone Beaglebone Black Cape. A fan of Beaglebone Black, but missed out on the early adopter reward level? No worries! We still want you to enjoy the LOGi-Bone and will have a select number of LOGI-Bone shields available as part of our inaugural LOGi-Bone fabrication run. You will receive 1x LOGi-Bone. As always, we thank you for your support and hope you consider becoming a part of our Valent F(x) community! (Beaglebone Black not included)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $115 or more
    You selected

    63 backers

    LOGi-Cam for LOGi-Bone Package. Interested in trying out the Machine Vision Demo? Like cameras? Then this is the reward level for you! Included is 1x LOGi-Bone, 1x LOGi-Cam board and 1x of the OV7670 camera. We encourage you to be creative and consider telling us about your project by becoming a member of our Valent F(x) community!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $115 or more
    You selected

    69 backers

    LOGi-Cam for LOGi-Pi Package. Interested in trying out the Machine Vision Demo? Like cameras? Then this is the reward level for you! Included is 1x LOGi-Pi, 1x LOGi-Cam board and 1x of the OV7670 camera. We encourage you to be creative and consider telling us about your project by becoming a member of our Valent F(x) community!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $129 or more
    You selected

    63 backers

    LOGi-EDU for LOGi-Pi Package. New to FPGAs and want to learn how to develop in Hardware Description Language (HDL)? Then this is the reward level for you! Included is 1x LOGi-Pi, 1x LOGi-EDU board. We encourage you to be creative and consider telling us about your project by becoming a member of our Valent F(x) community!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $135 or more
    You selected

    15 backers All gone!

    LOGi-Pi and LOGi-Bone Package Early Adopter. Hello fellow Raspberry Pi / Beaglebone fan! As a special reward for being an early adopter, you will receive 1x LOGi-Pi and 1x LOGi-Bone FPGA Shield as part of our first fabrication run at a reduced price. We hope you enjoy your LOGi-Pi / LOGi-Bone and consider becoming a part of our Valent F(x) community of hackers, makers, hobbyists, and electronics enthusiasts! (Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone not included)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $150 or more
    You selected

    191 backers

    LOGi-EDU, LOGi-Cam and LOGi-Pi Package. New to FPGAs and want to learn how to develop in Hardware Description Language (HDL)? Ready to jump into machine vision? Then this is the reward level for you! Included is 1x LOGi-Pi, 1x LOGi-EDU and LOGi-Cam Boards. We encourage you to be creative and consider telling us about your project by becoming a member of our Valent F(x) community!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $169 or more
    You selected

    14 backers

    LOGi-Pi and LOGi-Bone Package. Hello fellow Raspberry Pi / Beaglebone fan! You will receive 1x LOGi-Pi and 1x LOGi-Bone FPGA Shield. (Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone not included)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $229 or more
    You selected

    108 backers

    LOGi-Deluxe Package: Do you want to complete LOGi package? This is all of the LOGi goods in one package: 1x LOGi-Pi, 1x LOGi-Bone, 1xLOGi-Cam and 1x LOGi-EDU

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
Funding period

- (30 days)