[clug] Seeking USB and FPGA books plus dev board

jm jeffm at ghostgun.com
Sun Jun 19 21:50:56 MDT 2011

On 18/06/11 9:12 PM, Ben Nizette wrote:
> On 17/06/2011, at 2:36 PM, jm wrote:
>> I'm thinking about doing some hardware projects, so I need to read up on a couple of areas. I'm looking for
>> 1) a book on USB that's useful to someone how doesn't want to go near windoze.
> What did you want to know about USB?  Certainly USB.org is a good start.  LUFA is a well-written USB bit-banging library for AVRs that's actually quite a nice reference for low-level USB protocol info.
> If you're just poking the OS-level stuff, libusb is simple and reasonably well documented.
was hoping to find avoid reading the standards directly especially when 
the standards are multipart and used to differing extents. It would be 
good to see something that gave an overview and said avoid this, 
definitely use this, this part should only be used when you doing X, 
etc. IN other words gets you up to speed on good practice fast.

Also, I'd like a bound hardcopy so I can get away from distracts. I seem 
to have print out sitting around at home that don't fit well on a shelf 
and start to look very messy very quickly.

>> 2) a book on Verilog (Might have to go near windoze for this one. At least in the beginning), and
> I haven't found a book worth its while here, the asic-world.com/verilog/veritut.html tutorial is my canonical reference but, as with any new programming language, nothing you read will get you writing beautiful code straight off, it's all about practice.
I'll take a look, but again I was hoping for something I could read away 
from the keyboard and could sit on my shelf for future reference.
> While I'm at it, I'm interested to know why you picked Verilog here?  Don't get me wrong, it's probably a good choice for many beginners and basic applications, just wonderin'
No-one has made any clear recommendation on one over the other so I 
picked one at random.


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