1 January 2020

About Project F

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.
Alan Kay, Creative Think seminar (1982)

There’s something profoundly satisfying about designing at the hardware level, be it creating your own arcade game, handling unusual hardware interfaces, mining cryptocurrencies, building your own robot, analysing oodles of data, or even developing your own CPU. I find working with FPGAs gives me a sense of delight so often lacking in modern software development.

An FPGA is like a giant virtual breadboard or Lego for electronics: if you can imagine it, you can probably build it. So why isn’t everyone designing with FPGAs? Some will argue that hardware is fundamentally hard, that hardware development requires a different mindset. There is some truth to this, but I believe the main reason is the lack of exciting resources to learn from: with a few notable exceptions the Internet is an FPGA desert. Project F aims to be a little oasis where you can quench your thirst for FPGA knowledge, where you can find designs to enable your own projects. We hope you enjoy your visit.

If you’re not sure where to start, the sitemap provides an index to all the blog posts. The rest of this page lists useful resources for new and experienced FPGA designers.

– Will Green, 2020

Share your thoughts with @WillFlux or find me on 1BitSquared Discord.

FPGA Learning Resources

If you’re new to FPGAs, try these sites:

These blogs are not 100% FPGA, but should be interesting to FPGA designers:

FPGA YouTube Channels

Check out the new Project F YouTube Channel and these FPGA gems:

©2021 Will Green, Project F