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AlienCortex AV
multicore softprocessor development platform

AlienCortex AV - a multicore Arduino-compatible platform with graphics and sound capability.

AlienCortex AV has already been designed, and the final series of prototypes have been built and verified. This Kickstarter project is to fund the next stage... the first manufacturing run.

Should this project be successfully funded, those who back this project at the $147 reward level (or more) will receive an AlienCortex AV from the initial production run.

About AlienCortex AV

What makes AlienCortex-AV quite different from other development boards is that it doesn't use a traditional micro-controller. Instead, the 208-pin chip at the heart of AlienCortex is a Xilinx Spartan 3e 500K FPGA.


The Cores:

The cores that will be included as part of Core Pack 1.0 are:
Alien Xtreme-G:
A dual processor Arduino sketch-compatible core with Gameduino-compatible graphics and sound

Alien Xtreme-R:
A quad processor Arduino-sketch compatible core

Alien Song:
An 8 note polyphonic digital synthesizer and drum sample playback engine under the control of an Arduino-sketch/AVR compatible core

Alien 4:30 :
A single core soft-processor emulation of the MSP430 micro-controller

Alien Autopsy:
A 32 channel 100MHz Logic Analyzer


Alien Arcade:

AlienCortex AV Hardware Specifications:

FPGA: Xilinx PQ208 Spartan 3e (500K)
RAM: 512KB 133Mhz 16 bit Synchronous SRAM
SPI FLASH: 1MB (8 megabit) Numonyx Flash EEPROM for FPGA configurations, sketches, and other user data
Two 5V Atari-compatible joystick ports
PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse ports
Sixteen multiplexed 5V analog inputs (bit resolution is determined by the core being used)
54 5V Digital/PWM I/O pins (Arduino Mega128/256 form factor)
Compatible with most shields designed for the Arduino Mega, Duemilanove or Diecimila. (Most Arduino shields.)
1 1/8" stereo digital audio jack
1 15 pin VGA connector
4 Programmable LEDs
4 Programmable Buttons
1 Reset button
1 FT2232 (Port A is dedicated to USB JTAG access to load cores, programs and sketches. Port B serves as a USB serial port or Computer->USB MIDI.)
1 Xilinx JTAG port (compatible with the Xilinx Platform USB Cable)

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