Getting Started With Lattice IceStick FPGA Using Open Source Tools on MacOS

The Lattice IceStick evaluation board is a great way into the exciting new world of FPGAs. It has opened up the traditionally closed world of FPGA development to hobbyists and makers. But working out how to install a development toolchain can be daunting, especially for Mac users. This tutorial is a step-by-step guide on how to bypass the official tools...

Stop Being Afraid Of Regular Expressions: 9 Essential Patterns You Should Learn

Regular expressions have a somewhat daunting reputation. Arguably one of the most useful inventions in computing history, they are nonetheless regarded with equal measures of awe and dread even by some experienced programmers. Why is this? Regular expressions are actually straightforward to understand and use. But their reputation has not been helped by people copying large and complex patterns from...

What’s an SoC? Defining system-on-chip is harder than you think.

As gadgets get more advanced, the technology inside them has been subtly changing. Not too long ago, microcontrollers were the mainstay of most battery-powered gadgets and appliances around the home. But over the last decade or so this has started to shift, and ever more devices are now based upon system-on-chips (SoCs). But what exactly is this new class of...