Category: Electronics

How do AND gates work?

I’m creating this post as a complimentary article to the discrete 7408 that I designed and am selling on my site. I have always been fascinated how things work down the the absolute core. I was never just satisfied by asking the question, “How does an AND gate work?” and someone basically drawing the AND…

Burning the Arduino Bootloader using the TL866 II Plus

This is mostly just for me to use as a reference but someone else may find it useful. First things first, here are some files: Download these 2 files, you’ll need them later. Next if you’re on a Mac then you’ll need to install the MiniPro software which I’ve outlined in another post at this…

FPGA Development Workflow on a Mac

Yes you heard right, I’ve discovered a set of tools that allows for FPGA development on Mac OS. Here’s list of some things you’ll need. A Mac, obviously A Lattice FPGA (iCE40 LP/HX 1K/4K/8K) or a dev board such as icoBoard, iCEstick, etc.. If you decide to purchase an FPGA from Mouser or Digikey, I…

FPGA on a Breadboard – iCE40HXK1-VQ100

So recently I’ve been fascinated with with FPGA’s and what they have to offer. There almost seems to be an overwhelming amount of options out there and it may not always be obvious which FPGA you should choose. If you’re just starting out then a great choice is the iCE40HXK1-VQ100 which can be had from…

Gameboy DMG Cartridge Connector Breakout

So I’ve been working on a new project which requires that I’m able to move the Gameboy’s cartridge connector around freely without regard for where the main board might be. At first I thought I’ll just get some ribbon cable and solder it from the connector to the main board but that just gets extremely…