DFEFCON 17: Panel: Hardware Black Magic - Building devices with FPGAs





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Uploaded on Jan 15, 2011

Dr. Fouad Kiamilev Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Delaware
Rodney McGee Researcher, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Delaware

Last year at the HHV we rolled into town full of goodies in our bags. To excite people about hardware we demoed and gave away some FPGA boards to those in attendance. We realized quickly that people didn't understand what we were talking about or giving away...but seemed to really what we call the blinky light factor. It was then that we realized that something needed to be done about this, to educate the DEFcon attendees on how easy hardware really is. Too many people treat hardware like it is black magic which only few can wield. While it may be black magic, we feel it should be available to all to use. People need to learn that this black magic can be fun, exciting and easy. So we thought up a crazy idea to help some of you out. What if we just showed you how easy it was and went through, step by step, in actually building a device?

This tutorial/demo will go through the process of showing and teaching people how easy it is to rapidly design a hardware device using an FPGA. An FPGA is basically a programmable digital circuit. It can be programmed to be almost any digital circuit you like, replacing all your 7400-series chips with one small package. Starting with nothing more than an FPGA demo-board (and little to no knowledge of hardware) the audience will see how easy it is to make a device of their own. Through the use of free software and open source code, a device can quickly be assembled and programmed in a language such as C to do exactly what the user wants. The demonstration will also show the audience how to use free IP Blocks such as those provided by the OpenCores project to build their own cool devices equipped with all the peripherals they want. We will also demonstrate how to easily use Microblaze, a microprocessor written in Verilog/VHDL. Very recently the Microblaze architecture was added into the Linux Kernel (doesn't that sound like fun?!). This tutorial will overall show people how a $100 demonstration board can be used to design things like a logic analyzer (Retail: $20,000), your own 1980's style arcade game, a simple serial UART, that Ethernet sniffer you've always been dreaming, and whatever else your mind desires. By the end, people should be armed with the knowledge they need to design their own hardware devices and have no fear about doing so.

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