We got tired of flaky debuggers and cheap USB-to-serial converters, so we decided to design a more elegant and rugged solution to make debugging easier. Featuring an on-board Xilinx FPGA programmer, isolated dual USB-to-serial adapters, and dual USB-to-I2C adapters, you can bring-up and debug custom hardware faster. We’ve defined a standard pinout for the Samtec[…]
The team is finishing up a week of serious engineering with a thorough peer design review of principal engineer Jonny‘s 16-layer HDI PCB designed with Altium Designer and SolidWorks. At the center: a massive Xilinx, Inc. Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (FPGA fabric + 64-bit ARM SoC) part. Two banks of DDR4 2400 MT/s memory (from Micron[…]
We are nearly finished with this prototype and manufacturing test PCB, designed with Altium Designer! This first-run prototype will be used to test the mechanical fit of connectors and the bring-up of crucial electrical circuitry.
The Challenge mv|designlabs co-founders Brad Hughes and Jonny Hall had the idea to build a fun, interactive holiday gadget for the masses. However, the idea came late in the year, requiring the team to define, design, prototype, and launch a hardware Kickstarter campaign in less than thirty days. The Solution With such a tight timeline and[…]
The Challenge Assemble a team of undergraduate and graduate students to design and build a prototype robot lawnmower. In six short months, the robot will be Case Western Reserve University’s entry in the Institute of Navigation’s Annual Autonomous Robot Lawnmower competition. The Outcome A team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering students was assembled and went straight[…]