Shipping and Software Update
We would like to give you a quick update about where we stand right now.
miniSpartan6+ kits: all the kits are shipped and they should have been received by backers.... Read more
Shipping Update #5
We have shipped all international orders, and have around 150 US orders to be packed left. Our original estimate of being done with shipping by Monday, Jan 12 is obviously... Read more
Send us your pictures!
A few people who have received their miniSpartan6+ have sent us pictures of the board, and even some examples of simple code running on it. If you have... Read more
Scarab IDE and Shields Update
To start working with miniSpartan6+ you need to install:
1) Xilinx ISE Web edition which is free tool to synthesize the design and generate the .bit file.
2)... Read more
Shipping Update #4
Tomorrow we will ship the last group of board to the international backers. By tomorrow all the international backers should receive their tracking number. Please email us if you didn't... Read more
Shipping update #3
We want to get folks the boards around the same time. So, based on our previous experience in how long it takes for the boards to reach different countries, we... Read more
Shipping update #2
We have received a number of messages, emails, and comments -- some as late as yesterday -- from backers updating us about their shipping address.
While we have made every... Read more
We are still testing the boards. Testing 900 boards is going slower than we expected.
But early next week we will ship out the international orders, and later... Read more
Production update #12
We received the rest of the boards, around 900 boards, yesterday. We started the testing. We will start shipping next week.
We believe it will take us around 2 weeks... Read more
Production update #11
We shipped out the boards to all our backers who were supposed to receive them early, and we are happy to announce that all domestic orders have reached them, and... Read more
Production update #10
We sent out the boards to the backers who were slated to get them early, and many have received them by now. Please give us your feedback, and some pictures... Read more
Production update #9
1-We have been testing the boards we have produced so far, and came across a few issues that we think we have now dealt with.
2-The mechanical contacts for the... Read more
Production update #8
We are really sorry about this late production update! Things are still moving ahead, but we hit some snags and wanted to wait until we had something substantial to report... Read more
Production update #7
We have been busy this week with manufacturing the boards. Assembly has begun, and in another week or so we expect to begin receiving boards for those backers who are... Read more
Production update #6
This week we got time to work on the Scarab IDE, and in the next few days we plan to release what we have so folks can take a look. ... Read more
Production update #5
Sorry this update is one day late!
We are still on track with our production schedule.
We spent the week finishing up some tweaks to the layout for the board... Read more
Production update #4
We have received components, including the most important ones, the Spartan 6 FPGA's, as you can see below. We are beginning production this week, and will be making the latest... Read more
Production update #3
While testing the new design, we found a few minor issues and are modifying the schematic and the layout. None of these are too worrying, and we expect to continue... Read more
Production update #2
We wanted to give folks an update on how the manufacturing process is going.
First, here is a picture of a prototype of the new design, the one we all... Read more
We wanted to give some updates:
The new design:
We finished the design of the schematic and the layout of the new miniSpartan6+ and we sent it to the fabrication... Read more
Upgrade to the Spartan 6 LX25, and pre-order products at our website!
With the campaign over, many backers are asking if it is still possible to upgrade their miniSpartan6+ to the Spartan 6 LX 25.
Over at our website: http://www.scarabhardware.com/shop we have... Read more
Stretch Goal $65,000 reached!
We want to thank all our amazing backers for their support and input, we could not have done this without you!
Just a reminder, if you would like to upgrade... Read more
Upgrade to the Spartan 6 LX25 for an additional $30!
We have decided even if we do not reach the $65,000 stretch goal, we will use the Spartan 6 LX 9 with the BGA256 package.
Also, we will offer the... Read more
Stretch Goal: $65,000, Hardware Upgrade
We reached our stretch goal of $50k and we will add all the upgrades we mentioned before.
For the $65K, we will upgrade our hardware again. Instead of using Spartan... Read more
First group of shields
We designed the layout for the first group of shields. Now you can increase your pledge and receive these shields with your miniSpartan6+!!! We are still working on the high... Read more
Suggestions for Shields / Interface Boards
We are going to build some shields/ interface boards for the miniSpartan6+. We got some suggestions from our backers but we would like to get more feedback from everyone.
When... Read more
Stretch Goal: $50,000, another Hardware Upgrade
Stretch Goal: $50,000
We reached our stretch goal of $30k and we will add all the upgrades we mentioned before.
For the $50K, we will upgrade our hardware again based... Read more
Keeping the 8 LEDs or Adding another HDMI Port?
We got some feedback from our backers about the 8 LEDs on the miniSpartan6+.
Instead of using 8 I/Os of the FPGA for the LEDs, we can use these 8... Read more
Stretch Goal Update : Hardware Upgrades
If we reach our stretch goal of $30,000, we will make some upgrades to the hardware, based on feedback from our backers.
A Faster Spartan 6 LX9:
We will be... Read more
Cancelling the Competition
After discussing the competition with Kickstarter, we have learned that it would violate their rules. Unfortunately, we are going to have to cancel the competition, so that we can continue... Read more
Stretch Goal: $30,000
Get Creative with the miniSpartan6+ : A Competition with $2500+ in cash prizes!!!
If we reach our $30,000 stretch goal, we will be able to hold a competition. We will... Read more