We love the Alorium Technology Snō Development Board! Alorium have done a really great job in integrating an ATmega328-compatible core into the FPGA, which you can then program from the Arduino IDE and access the features of a Verilog Xcelerator Block (XB) from normal Arduino code. You can even include your favourite SparkFun libraries and use them as if you were running the code on a RedBoard!
One of our engineers loves the Snō so much, he took one on holiday with him and remixed Sameer Puri’s HDL Util Verilog so it would run on the Snō as a VGA HDMI Xcelerator Block. The XB allows you to display VGA text and graphics on any monitor that supports 640x480 pixels.
You can of course use an HDMI breakout board or cable to connect the Snō’s pins to your monitor. But why not do the job properly and equip your Snō with a Snō Shoe?! The Snō Shoe will make life easy for you. It provides:
You can use standard Break Away Header Pins to connect your Snō to the Shoe. (Soldering is required! If you haven’t soldered before, you will want to follow our tutorial and practise for a while before soldering your Snō.) If you want the Snō to be removable afterwards, you could use break away pins on the Snō and female headers on the Shoe. The Snō Shoe has been designed so you can mount the Snō on the top of the Shoe, or underneath, depending on your preference. A reset button and I2C split pads are accessible in both configurations. Long Break Away Headers should allow you to connect some of the breakout pins to standard breadboard.
Important Note: SparkX products are not normally returnable - especially if they have been modified. Please see our returns policy for full details. Please consider this before reaching for the soldering iron!
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This looks great, and I can't wait to try it out. Thanks to the SparkFun team for creating this cool piece of companion technology for Snō!
Jason Pecor - Alorium Technology