Overdue scrap notes, 2008.05.01-05.16


  • Reaktor diary: might be helpful as I learn to use Reaktor
  • Despite that this program is not open source but proprietary, it offers more comprehensible insight into its workings than any of the open source synth software I have tried so far.
  • Given, I’ve only used a couple premade instruments, but their internal structure is out-in-the-open in the form of modules, not as blocks of code that I would have a hard time finding and a harder time comprehending.


  • Chilling Effects Clearinghouse: “A joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and (about a dozen schools)…. Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities.”
  • Linux Softpedia – EDA: looks like a good collection of Electronic Design Automation software for Linux
  • Signs (or here): “a tool for logic synthesis and gate level simulation… include synthesis of RTL-style VHDL circuit descriptions and a dynamic graphical netlist viewer…”
  • KTechLab: “…an Open Source Intergated Design Environment (IDE) for electronic and PIC microcontroller circuit design and simulation.”
  • Alliance CAD: “a complete set of free CAD tools and portable libraries for VLSI design… includes a VHDL compiler and simulator, logic synthesis tools, and automatic place and route tools.”
  • Octeon Plus – some chip, 4 to 16 MIPS64 core, 600-1000 MHz, 15-40W power usage… looks pretty fast (Linuxdevices link)
  • Helpful link about silkscreening/screenprinting from nomediakings.org


  • “This Film is Not Yet Rated” (IMDB) – some movie my friend Adam recommended; looks like the full version is online, for now, at Google Videos
  • Univ. of Manchester, Advanced Processor Tech. Group – good link for some software projects and papers relevant to processors
  • “In Defense of Lost Causes” – Slavoj Zizek (Amazon)… maybe an interesting book from a “Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic.” who describes himself as a Marxist
  • Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe” – Arianna Huffington (Amazon) . . . just in case you needed more anti-conservative propaganda
  • Past public lectures from Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics are available here (though videos look like mostly Windows Media Player or Flash).
  • SIMH: software from the Computer History Simulation Project, able to simulate (not emulate?) a variety of rather old hardware, like the DEC PDP


  • Excerpts from Einstein’s letter to Eric Gutkind on 1954-01-03 – expresses some of his views on religion pretty well… apparently lining up a bit with the “Deus sive nature” views of Spinoza
  • Reconfigurable computing… worth learning about.
  • Microcode… also worth learning about, particularly with x86
  • FpgaC: “FpgaC compiles a subset of the C language to net lists which can be imported into an FPGA vendors tool chains… excellent alternative to VHDL/Verilog for algorithmic expression of FPGA reconfigurable computing tasks.” . . . like an HLL rather than an HDL.
  • Atmel FPSLIC: AVR microcontroller and SRAM-based FPGA combined on one die
  • Achronix: FPGAs running up to around 2 GHz
  • OpenCores: Designs and publishes core designs (for FPGAs, CPLDs, ASICs in general) under a license based on the LGPL
  • OpenFPGA: Promote FPGAs in blahblahblah by trying to have open standards and information and practices
  • Pragmatic Marketing: I dunno, but I’ve read a few useful links here



One Response to “Overdue scrap notes, 2008.05.01-05.16”

  1. FPGA Central Says:

    I think you missed out fpga Central (www.fpgacentral.com) from the list. It is a good addition.

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