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Playing with PicoRV32 on the iCE40-HX8K FPGA Breakout Board (part 2)

It works!

Press ENTER to continue..
Press ENTER to continue..

  ____  _          ____         ____
 |  _ \(_) ___ ___/ ___|  ___  / ___|
 | |_) | |/ __/ _ \___ \ / _ \| |
 |  __/| | (_| (_) |__) | (_) | |___
 |_|   |_|\___\___/____/ \___/ \____|

SPI State:
Select an action:

   [1] Read SPI Flash ID
   [2] Read SPI Config Regs
   [3] Switch to default mode
   [4] Switch to Dual I/O mode
   [5] Switch to Quad I/O mode
   [6] Switch to Quad DDR mode
   [7] Toggle continuous read mode
   [9] Run simplistic benchmark
   [0] Benchmark all configs

Command> 9
Cycles: 0x00f3d36d
Instns: 0x0003df2d
Chksum: 0x5b8eb866

In the first part I got my reverse-engineered Lattice iCE40-HX8K FPGA using the completely free Project IceStorm toolchain working. I wrote a simple Verilog demo which flashed the LEDs.

Today I played with Clifford Wolf’s PicoRV32 core. What he’s written is actually a lot more sophisticated than I initially realized. There’s a simple memory mapped serial port, a memory mapped SPI bus, & a bit of interactive firmware so you can test it out (see above).

Rather than using Clifford’s build scripts (which compile the riscv32 cross-compiler and run sudo at various points) I wrote a Makefile to build and program the FPGA on Fedora.

And it works (see above)! Now what we need is a simple 32 bit operating system that could run on it. swapforth seems to be one but as far as I can tell it hasn’t been ported to RV32. Maybe I could port Jonesforth …


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Baremetal Raspberry Pi OS based on JONESFORTH

Go here: https://github.com/organix/pijFORTHos

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JonesForth on ARM

This just popped up in my Google alerts: https://github.com/M2IHP13-admin/JonesForth-arm

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JONESFORTH git repository

A few years ago I wrote a literate FORTH compiler and tutorial called JONESFORTH. It’s a good way, I think, to understand the power and limitations of FORTH, and a good way to learn a completely different and mind-blowing programming language.

If you’ve not heard of FORTH before, cogitate on this: It is possible to write a FORTH program in 2,000 lines. A program which will boot and provide an entire development environment (inc. editor, compiler etc) on bare hardware.

Anyhow, I just uploaded my semi-private CVS repository to git. You can find it here:


The original tutorial is in two parts:


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Lisp, erlang, forth, scheme, prolog, ML maintainer(s) needed urgently in Fedora

Since gemi has had to retire from Fedora, we’re in danger of losing some very interesting little languages in Fedora. For the full list, see this link.

It’s a shame these advanced languages don’t get more attention, since they are clearly better languages than the ones most programmers use day to day, and would solve their problems if only they tried them. But it’s even more of a shame if people won’t even be able to try these languages because we lose them from Fedora entirely.


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