XLR8 Family of FPGA-Based Development Boards
Hardware acceleration for the Arduino ecosystem
Embedded 8-bit AVR instruction set compatible microcontroller
Programmable with Arduino IDE
Compatible with Arduino ecosystem shields and accessories
Hardware accelerated functionality
User-configurable FPGA logic
Advanced platforms for Makers, Educators and Product Developers
XLR8 is the perfect fusion of FPGA-based speed and performance with Arduino platform familiarity and convenience.
It is programmable with the Arduino IDE and compatible with the broad ecosystem of Arduino shields, sensors and accessories.
Snō offers the enhanced performance features of XLR8 – combining FPGA performance with Arduino compatibility – in a compact, ready for integration footprint.
Snō is based on an FPGA with 2X the programmable logic providing even more space for custom hardware functionality!
Hardware-accelerated functions run in a fraction of the clock cycles required to execute the same function in software.
This results in faster overall application performance.
Shorter times to complete complex tasks in hardware result in more clock cycles available for additional software functions.
Computation performance is significantly improved.
The functionality and capabilities accelerated in the FPGA hardware can be expanded and scaled for many different applications.
We are just scratching the surface of what is possible to accelerate!
OpenXLR8 is the methodology that allows XLR8 and Snō users to create their own custom Xcelerator Blocks and integrate them into the FPGA.
What’s an Xcelerator Block?
An Xcelerator Block is an optimized hardware implementation of a unique processor intensive function. Since everything needs a cool acronym, we simply refer to one of these blocks as an “XB”.
Snō and XLR8 ship with pre-installed XBs that target application-specific behavior. These are listed on the right. Both can be field-updated to change the XBs implemented on the FPGA. Learn more about XBs on the Xcelerator Blocks page.