Author: Gareth Halfacree

Gareth Halfacree is a technology journalist and technical author best known for his work on the Raspberry Pi User Guide and an upcoming book covering the BBC’s micro:bit project. A keen open source advocate and RISC-V fan, Gareth is responsible for curating our fortnightly community round-up posts.
Microsemi CreativeBoard FPGA development board

RISC-V Foundation Launches Soft CPU Design Contest

The RISC-V Foundation has announced the launch of a design contest, in partnership with Google, Antmicro, and Microchip, which will see entrants competing to build the smallest and fastest RISC-V soft core implementations on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). One of the biggest benefits of free and open source silicon (FOSSi)… Read More
Eideticom's P2PDMA Explainer

Eideticom Ports P2PDMA Offload Patches to RISC-V

Eidetic Communications’ chief technology officer Stephen Bates has announced initial support for peer-to-peer direct memory access (P2PDMA) on the RISC-V instruction set architecture, showing a 2.8GB/s throughput between controllers. Designed to address the bottleneck between high-speed PCI Express (PCIe) devices and the CPU, P2PDMA allows for data transfer to occur… Read More

DirtyPCBs Previews DirtyCables, New Editor Software

Dangerous Prototypes’ DirtyPCBs, a popular service for low-cost production of printed circuit boards, is expanding its custom cable offering and making it a dedicated website – called, unsurprisingly, DirtyCables. Originally based on a simple script designed to consolidate internal PCB orders for submission to low-cost manufacturers in China, DirtyPCBs quickly… Read More