Category Archives: μpad

FPGA controller for the μpad

fpgaThe μpad system is based around the idea of a common backplane with replaceable controller boards and module boards. So far our controllers are based on microcontrollers. There is a lot happening in the world of FPGAs and Systems on a chip. Many of the functions that have traditionally been performed by microcontrollers are now being handled by FPGAs and hard wired logic.

We are currently talking to some of our regular customers in the education field to discover which FPGA may be most useful in a learning environment. We would love to hear any suggestions. Feel free to let us know by leaving a comment below.

PIC-based controller for the μpad

picThe μpad system is based around the idea of a common backplane with replaceable controller boards and module boards. This approach works well with the controllers we’ve designed so far. We want to expand the range of controllers available for the system and we are currently looking at a PIC based controller.

This project is still in the planning stage. There is a large range of PIC processors out there. We are considering the PIC16F877A but we haven’t made a final decision. Do you have a preference or suggestion? Tell us with a comment below.

Three new Module boards for the μpad

1We are in the final stages of testing 3 new modules for the μpad. There is a 2.4 inch Touch Screen LCD Module that allows learners to experiment with modern user interfaces. The new GSM Module will bring text messaging and email to the μpad. Then there is an I2C Module that introduces the user to the I2C protocol. The module has a real time clock, DAC and EEPROM