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Shields galore! We've got some FPGA shields and some 7-segment shields for you. Check them out!
Hello everyone! Even though we had some pretty intense flooding yesterday, we’ve got some new products to talk about. The VPN is flakey, the lights are flickering, but we’re doing our best to bring you new cool stuff.
For anyone wanting to see what the OpenSegment shields look like lit up, check the video. We’ll be getting pictures on the product pages soon though. As always, they’re a bit dimmer in the video because of the studio lights. The pictures will be more accurate representations.
The OpenSegment Shields are our newest 7-segment flavor. We have the smaller ones, the bigger ones in a breakout variety, and now the bigger 7-segment displays on a shield. All three share the same OpenSegment firmware which makes using them pretty easy. SPI, I2C, TTL, it’s up to you. We have the shields in red, yellow, green, white, and blue (coming soon!). The firmware has convenient features like a counter or analog meter. You can even modify the firmware to do whatever YOU want it to do.
We’re trying to carry more FGPA products lately. The newest addition is the LogicStart MegaWing for the Papilio. This is a shield for the Papilio line of FPGAs that’s essentially like the kitchen sink of prototyping. It has LEDs, switches, audio, video, etc. It’s a little like our Danger Shield, but for FPGA development. It gives you a lot of hardware to play with, so you can learn how the software interfaces.
Want to use your FGPA for making games? Sorry, you can’t do that. I’m kidding of course! Check out the new Arcade MegaWing. Like the LogicStart MegaWing, it works with Papilio but lets you create your own video games. It has two joystick ports, a couple PS/2 ports, audio, and video output. There’s also a lot of support documentation to get you started. Check out the product page for more details.
Need a bidirectional voltage-level translator with automatic direction sensing? Yeah, we knew you did. The TXB0104 breakout is a 4-bit non-inverting translator uses two separate configurable power-supply rails. This allows for universal low-voltage bidirectional translation between any of the 1.2-V, 1.5-V, 1.8-V, 2.5-V, 3.3-V, and 5-V voltage nodes.
Lastly, we have a revision to the RedBot Mainboard that fixes a minor silk issue with the TX/RX LEDs. So, it’s back in stock now. Also, we’re getting these put into kits so we’ll have stock of the RedBot Kit coming as well. But for now, check out this wishlist for all the parts included in the RedBot Kit. Just substitute in the new version of the mainboard and you’re good to go.
Well, that’s all I have for this week. Thanks for reading and watching and we’ll be back again next week with more new products. See you then!