The BlackEdge Development Kit was designed to get early adopters of BlackEdge Systems up and running with everything they need to explore.
BlackIce Nxt is a new systems board for the myStorm FPGA development board family. It sports the following features:
BlackEdge Nxt Opensource interface Systems side
The IceLogic Bus forms a midplane between the systems controller and the quad Modular Tile expansion. It sports the following features:
Ice40HX series FPGA chip:
RGB Status led
Quad Tile expansion
USB Power delivery
Midplane expansion Connectors
72 Super Fast programmable FPGA IOs
BlackEdge Nxt Opensource interface FPGA side
This double tile can accommodate multiple Pmods and a single Mixmod allowing the developer to use existing Pmod/Mixmod investments or select from the many peripherals available in the market place.
This fun Tile is capable or driving a standard VGA Monitor from the FPGA for anything from retro gaming to the next HDL GPU you are designing!
This is a great old school display and a rite of passage for your HDL journey.
Expansion is what BlackIce Nxt is all about from the simple slot in MicroBlades to the mechanically robust Tiles. These expansions will enable you to drive digital displays and audio, DC and stepper motors, Networking like Ethernet and CanBus just to name a few. You can mix and match these peripherals and can start with the provided support examples to combine them into the next great Retro system, an awesome robot or embedded project as you see fit..
BlackIce Nxt provides modular mixed signal expansion for building hardware add-ons and applications, way more than the competing Ice40 development kits. It is also completely OpenSource hardware making it easy for others to build on top of its design, especially when combined with the OpenSource Yosys toolchain. Unlike some other microcontroller only development boards BlackEdge allows opensource hardware to be actually designed and synthesised using Verilog or Python in addition to programming the onboard STM32F730 microcontroller using Rust, This combination is very powerful for tackling challenging maker projects like robotics, Retro Games, RISC V designs, SOCs, IOT, motor control and embedded applications. This new modular system provides a much more robust and reliable mechanical assembly compared to traditional development systems, a critical feature often missed by most other providers.
As makers, we fell in love with IceStorm opensource Verilog toolchain back in 2015 and wanted to create a
best of class independent opensource hardware development board to fully compliment the OpenSource FPGA toolchain including Claire Xen's amazing YOSYS. You can read some of our myStorm history and background from it's debut at OSHCAMP 2016 through to it's latest incarnation in 2022. BlackEdge is a leader in its class for modular opensource FPGA hardware, it's IO capabilities exceed many other Ice40 dev boards. It has been refined through 6 generations and has been proven in applications and deployment spanning over half a decade, it's got some real pedigree!