Good Stuff Department Releases Lattice ECP5 FPGA & VexRiscv-based Orange Crab Development Kit

July 30, 2020 Brandon Lewis

The Good Stuff Department’s (GsD’s) open-source Orange Crab development board, which features a Lattice Semiconductor ECP5 FPGA and 32-bit VexRiscv RISC-V soft core from Spinal HDL, is now available from GroupGets. The Orange Crab is a crowd-funded platform designed to Adafruit’s 50.8 mm x 22.9 mm Feather board specification, and supports all open-source toolchains.

The Orange Crab features 1 GB of on-board DDR3 memory. A direct connection from the micro-USB port to the FPGA and a pre-loaded DFU bootloader enable direct firmware upgrades to the device. The connection also allows the Orange Crab to function in communications device class (CDC), mass storage class (MSC), or composite device modes.

The Orange Crab costs $129, and can be purchased from https://store.groupgets.com/products/orangecrab.

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Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at brandon.lewis@opensysmedia.com.

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