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Project: BeagleBone AVB Stack

Building a AVB node,the stream reservation protocol and the precision time protocol in the linux kernel. A demo application will be included for a stereo speaker system with two individual beagle boards. The first board will decode a stereo audio file (ex: mp3 files stored in local disk) and play one channel of the audio through its speakers (ex: left channel) and then it transmits the second channel (ex: right channel) to the second device over AVB which plays back the second channel through its speakers. The objective is to achieve frame synchronization over such a system. This can be tested by recording the output from both devices and analyzing with an audio analyzer. In this case one device acts as a AVB master node and the second device acts as a AVB slave node.

Project: BeagleWire software support

The BeagleWire is an FPGA development platform that has been designed for use with BeagleBone boards. BeagleWire is a cape on which there is FPGA device - Lattice iCE40HX. The Lattice iCE40 is a family of FPGAs with a minimalistic architecture and very regular structure, designed for low-cost, high-volume consumer and system applications. The significance of FPGAs is continuously increasing, as they are more and more often used for supporting work of ARM processors. BeagleWire does not require external tools (JTAG) and the whole software is Open Source. iCE40 is an energy saving device, allowing to work with small batteries. FPGA cape allows easy and low cost start for beginners who would like to take their first steps in working with FPGAs. The developed software will be an easy and, at the same time, efficient tool for communication with FPGA. At this point FPGA will be able to meet the requirements of even more advanced applications. The BeagleWire creates a powerful and versatile digital cape for users to create their imaginative digital designs. The task is to create software support for FPGA cape (based on iCE40 device). The completed project will provide the community with easy to implement and powerful tools for realization of projects based on Programmable Logic Device(FPGA), which will surely increase the number of applications based on it.

Project: BeagleLibs

My project is basically two high quality, well-documented libraries for interfacing with BeagleBone hardware in Rust and Go. These libraries will provide interfaces for common usecases like GPIO, ADC reads, PWM, UART, SPI, and I2C (I'm open to more!). The intent of the project is to bridge the gap between the lower level and the higher level languages and make using the BeagleBone accessible to a wider range of users.

People trying to get into hardware projects today are faced with difficult choices, especially when it comes to the platform their project will be based on. The BeagleBone community has made an great strides toward bridging this gap by with the cheap and approachable BeagleBones, but users are still confronted with the choice of fast/difficult to use C, or easy to use/slow JavaScript.

Users seeking to work on the BeagleBone shouldn't have to face this choice; which is where this project comes in. By providing a well-documented set of libraries for the common tasks that every hardware project uses, users will be able to harness the power of performant languages while still having a pleasant development process.