Friday, May 23, 2014


A colleague recently posted his work using python to test PCI Express add-in cards on github (pyhwtest). This greatly simplifies testing since it doesn't require hardware engineers (like me) to write full fledged drivers. It is built for Linux but pyhwtest was originally developed for Windows. We may be able to get it running in Windows if anyone wants it.

My plan is to develop my own firmware project for the ECP3 Versa development card. When I tried to compile the standard Versa firmware using the latest Diamond tool I ran into quite a few errors. I'll take this as an excuse to rebuild the firmware and get use to using the Lattice tools and their interface cores. I'm hoping to squeeze in some myHDL experimentation while I'm at it.

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