Alorium Technology has taken to Kickstarter to launch a new Arduino compatible, FPGA-based application accelerator called the XLR8.
The XLR8 has been equipped with both an ATmega328 clone and custom accelerator blocks on an FPGA and uses the standard Arduino IDE for programming, making it easy for anyone that is already used Arduino to get started.
Watch the video below to learn more from Alorium about the inspiration and features you can expect by backing the XLR8.
XLR8 is a drop-in replacement for an Arduino Uno, but with a twist. It is an Arduino-compatible board that uses a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) as the main processing chip.
The FPGA provides a reconfigurable hardware platform that hosts a clone of an ATmega328 microcontroller. The FPGA also provides the ability to implement custom logic that accelerates specific functionality known to be slow or otherwise problematic for the standard 8-bit ATmega328 microcontroller.
The FPGA-based hardware acceleration and offload provided by XLR8 results in significantly improved performance in the same physical footprint and using the same tool chain as standard Arduino Uno boards.
If you have a project that’s using an Uno, you can swap in an XLR8 board right out of the box, and it will just work. You won’t even know you’re actually running your sketch on an FPGA, at least not until you fire up one of the accelerated functions…and then the magic happens. Bottom line: XLR8 provides a solution to accelerate your Arduino-based applications and projects.
The XLR8 application accelerator board is currently looking to raise $50,000 via Kickstarter with pledges starting from as little as $15. Jump over to the Kickstarter website via the link below for more details and full specifications. If you making Arduino projects you may enjoy building your very own Arduino wind speed meter that requires just basic Arduino skills.