In The News

An FPGA in an Arduino? New MKR Vidor 4000 Board Brings FPGA Complexity to Non-EEs

An FPGA in an Arduino? New MKR Vidor 4000 Board Brings FPGA Complexity to Non-EEs

May 29, 2018

The Vidor 4000 is obviously not the first board to come out with FPGA capabilities, but it’s also not the first built with Arduino compatibility in mind. Another product currently on the market, XLR8, is an Arduino-compatible development board that is FPGA-based, includes an embedded 8-bit AVR instruction set compatible microcontroller, and is programmable through the Arduino IDE.

View Article

The Arduino IDE - Compatible Snō Module Looks Like a Great Way to Get Started with FPGAs

The Arduino IDE - Compatible Snō Module Looks Like a Great Way to Get Started with FPGAs

April 30, 2018

FPGAs tend to have a steep learning curve, and a big part of that is due to the difficultly of programming them. The Snō FPGA module from Alorium Technology is designed to make that easier by integrating an ATmega328 that’s compatible with the Arduino IDE.

View Article

What's the Best MCU to Drive NeoPixel/WS2812B-Based Applications?

What's the Best MCU to Drive NeoPixel/WS2812B-Based Applications?

April 16, 2018

As an alternative to an Arduino Nano, Uno, or Mega, you can use a Raspberry Pi, a PSoC, a Teensy 3.2, an XLR8, or a ShieldBuddy to control your NeoPixel applications.

View Article

The State of Boards: Small, Simple Hardware Rules

The State of Boards: Small, Simple Hardware Rules

June 27, 2017

…FPGA boards specifically targeting the maker market – like Alorium’s XLR8 – are starting to appear. These boards provide hardware-level flexibility, allowing you to adapt hardware rather than replace it as your project evolves – something maker projects have a tendency to do over time.

View Article

Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing

May 4, 2016

After ten years as an editor at Elektor I still think the potential of FPGAs is far from being exhausted. I for one would like to see many more (Elektor) projects based on the technology.

View Article

XLR8 FPGA-Accelerated Arduino Clone Kickstarter is Live

XLR8 FPGA-Accelerated Arduino Clone Kickstarter is Live

November 12, 2015

You won’t even know you’re running your sketch on an FPGA until you fire up one or more of the accelerated functions… and then the magic happens.

View Article

'Arduino on Steroids': FPGA-based XLR8 at ESC Minneapolis

'Arduino on Steroids': FPGA-based XLR8 at ESC Minneapolis

October 10, 2015

Even with the same clock frequency as a regular Arduino, the FPGA-based XLR8 can accelerate things like floating-point math and perform other tasks much better.

View Article

Getting Started with FPGA? Try the Arduino IDE Compatible Snō Module

Getting Started with FPGA? Try the Arduino IDE Compatible Snō Module

May 22, 2018

The Snō FPGA module by Alorium Technology has been built to give an easier programming experience by integrating a compatible ATMega328 controller, the same microcontroller that powers the popular Arduino Uno board, making the FPGA module work with the Arduino IDE.

View Article

Tiny Arduino + FPGA = Snō

Tiny Arduino + FPGA = Snō

April 30, 2018

Alorium rolled out a new product late last year that caught our attention. The Snō (pronounced like “snow”) board is a tiny footprint Arduino board that you can see in the video below. By itself that isn’t that interesting, but the Sno also has an Altera/Intel Max 10 FPGA onboard.

View Article

Free FPGA-Based Arduino Clone Webinar

Free FPGA-Based Arduino Clone Webinar

April 12, 2018

From the outside world, the XLR8 looks just like a cycle-accurate Arduino Uno, right down to its modest 16MHz clock. On this basis, you may be asking yourself, “What’s the point?”

View Article

Add Voice Commands to Your Next Project With Bluetooth LE

Add Voice Commands to Your Next Project With Bluetooth LE

May 17, 2017

This project uses the Alorium Technology XLR8, a Bluetooth LE HID Implementation, and the EasyVR voice recognition module to add voice-activated movements to your next project. Or, you can build on the ideas to create a voice-activated remote control.

View Article

Capturing IMU Data with a BNO055 Absolute Orientation Sensor

Capturing IMU Data with a BNO055 Absolute Orientation Sensor

March 22, 2017

Connect the BNO055 as before and add servos, connected to digital pins 9-11. If you’re using the gimbals to hold a camera, consider upgrading to the Alorium XLR8 board. Servos rely on precise timing, and if the Arduino is processing competing tasks, it can lead to jitter.

View Article

Free Webinar: Introducing the XLR8 FPGA-based Arduino Uno Clone

Free Webinar: Introducing the XLR8 FPGA-based Arduino Uno Clone

September 29, 2016

The FPGA-based XLR8 has the same footprint as an Arduino Uno, but it runs like an Arduino Uno on steroids.

View Article

XLR8 Project Blends FPGA Speed with Arduino Coding

XLR8 Project Blends FPGA Speed with Arduino Coding

November 17, 2015

There are any number of Arduino compatible boards and clones on the market. However, most offer little beyond what an Arduino is capable of itself.But, despite looking much like an Arduino Uno, the new XLR8 board (pronounced “Accelerate”) from Alorium Technology is somewhat different.

View Article

|

Although Arduino is an excellent platform for rapidly and inexpensively building new product designs, it is resource limited. Alorium Technology’s XLR8 board solves this problem in a cost-effective manner by integrating an Arduino-compatible processor into an FPGA with custom Xcelerator Blocks that significantly improve Arduino-based projects.

Tom Pomphrey
Dragonfly Software

Improve Your Project!