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What is Papilio?

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Hi there.

Was surfing the web the other night searching for information for my Arduino project, somehow I stubbled upon Papilio. I have read a few things about Papilio and FPGA, but could you or someone...please excuse the question, explain it in laymans terms? Or explain it in reference to Arduino.

See I can't figure out what I will use Papilio for. With Arduino (or micro-controllers) I got a pretty good idea what it is by looking at what people do with them, and basic examples of where the same technology integration is used in everyday products. Yet Papilio still evades my understanding - yet I am excited about it cause it looks like its Arduino on steroids...lots of steroids.

Thank you, and like I said, I am excited about this. I am working on a Point of sale project with Arduino, and I see Papilio has the Barcode scanner kit thing - which looks easier in some weird sense.

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Hello,

The Papilio is really about a couple of things:

  • First it is a beginner friendly FPGA board that is inspired by the Arduino. It is simple yet extensible just like the Arduino, Wings allow beginners to start learning FPGA's with peripherals that interest them. We don't want to replace or compete with the Arduino but instead want to provide an Arduino like experience for a totally different subject matter, learning FPGA's, VHDL, or Verilog.
  • The other long term goal that we are constantly working towards is trying to figure out ways to make it easy for people to tap into FPGA technology. Its a community effort that is a constant work in progress to provide Open Source tools such as Wishbone compatible cores, online pin configuration tools and such.

So to sum up the state of the Papilio right now, it is a beginner friendly FPGA board for people who want to start learning about FPGA technology. We hope with more time and community development to make it as easy to use as the Arduino, but we still have more work to do there.

Jack.

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Thanks Jack.

I am excited about this FPGA though I have not quite wrapped my head around it. I like Arduino cause its my entry into electronics plus being artistic (though my current project is more business) its a great platform to get things done.

Having said that I hope to gravitate to FPGA as well, not to replace Arduino but to add to the tools that is available to me to do things I have in my imagination.

I hope FPGA grows just like Arduino with a vibrant community and many cool projects and implementations. Hopefully I will be able to add my own project in FPGA in the future sometime.  ;D 

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Great! I'm glad that you have discovered us, there are so many cool things to do with an FPGA and the more people playing around with them the better! Welcome to our community.

Jack.

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