October 29, 2013

Quadrotor copter with machine vision for contest

by Ivan Makarov

This page gives brief overview of multirotor UAV platform called “Tau”, which is built specially for participating in flying robots contest which is established by russian Croc company. For now contest has only russian participants, probably because it was made for a first time.

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Our team name was “Autonomous aerospace”. We are from Krasnoyarsk, 1M people city in Siberia. We had experience in UAV airplane development and manufacturing. We’ve grew up from student and postgraduate student university (SFU) scientific team to startup company.

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October 2, 2013

FPGA is for Freedom

by Andrey Filippov

In this post I write about our current development, my first experience with Xilinx Zynq, and also try to summarize the 10+ years experience with Xilinx FPGA devices. It is a mixture of the admiration for their state of the art silicon devices and frustration caused by the software. Please excuse my sometimes harsh words and analogies – I really would like to see Xilinx prosper and acquire software vision that matches the freedom that Ross Freeman brought to developers of the electronic devices when he invented FPGA and started Xilinx.
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October 1, 2013

NC393 development progress – 3

by Andrey Filippov

Just a small update – we received all the 3 boards ordered for the NC393 camera at Fastprint, China. We will have our contract manufacturer install the BGA chips, and then I’ll work again on the tiny 0201 components, like 4 years ago. I love to assemble such boards (but not too often) myself – going through all the components when they are real (not virtual) gives me a different perspective to think about the design.

10393 System board, top side

10393 System board, top side

10389 Interface board, top side

10389 Interface board, top side

10385 Power supply board, top side

10385 Power supply board, top side

10393 System board, bottom side

10393 System board, bottom side

10389 Interface board, bottom side

10389 Interface board, bottom side

10385 Power supply board, bottom side

10385 Power supply board, bottom side