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Sydney-X1 FPGA Computer Challenges Commodore, Amiga and Apple

Discussion in 'Embedded' started by Tony Burch, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. Tony Burch

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    BurchED announces the release of the Sydney-X1 FPGA Computer
    for electronics hobbyists, educators and computer architecture researchers

    SYDNEY, Australia, July 15, 2004 - BurchED, a provider of Field Programmable
    Gate Array (FPGA) development board solutions, today announced the
    availability of the new Sydney-X1 FPGA Computer. Integrating the high
    performance B5-X300 FPGA motherboard, the Sydney-X1 addresses electronics
    hobbyists' demand for a new and exciting platform for the design of small
    system-on-chip computers, custom or standard architecture CPUs, and
    arcade-style gaming machines.

    The Sydney-X1 is a complete computer system based on FPGA technology, and is
    supplied with everything needed for a working system out-of-the-box,
    including keyboard, mouse, VGA extension cable, 5W speaker, 64MB compact
    flash card, power supply and FPGA programming cable. Design for the system
    is done using the free Xilinx WebPACKT design tools, and with VHDL or
    Verilog hardware description language code. System-on-chip designs can be
    created from mixes of code including cores available from the web, code from
    BurchED demo applications and code designed from scratch. The FPGA can be
    reprogrammed within a matter of seconds, so that different designs can be
    developed and shared amongst users.

    The Challenge
    With the introduction of the Sydney-X1, BurchED claims to attempt to capture
    some of the spirit and fun of earlier frontier computing machines such as
    the Commodore 64, Amiga Color Personal Computer, and Apple IIe. The
    Sydney-X1 provides the accessibility and hardware control that was
    characteristic of those early machines, while providing an easy-to-use
    platform for today's electronics hobbyists.

    About FPGA Computers
    FPGA computers are a new concept in electronics hobbyist computing. They
    offer the ability to explore the design of new computers and other
    system-on-chip hardware. The main difference between an FPGA computer and a
    traditional computer is that there is no fixed-silicon CPU at the heart of
    the machine. Instead, there is a programmable gate array device (the FPGA),
    which can directly implement a CPU, or multiple CPUs, and peripheral
    interfaces. CPUs may be custom designed or functionally identical to
    popular vendors' CPUs, such as Microchip PIC, Atmel AVR, Zilog, or Intel

    About BurchED
    Burch Electronic Designs (BurchED), founded in 1997, is a provider of great
    value Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) development boards, for use by
    electronics hobbyists, design engineers and universities. Additional
    information about BurchED is available at www.burched.biz
    Tony Burch, Jul 19, 2004
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