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Where do people hang out other than here?
« on: July 18, 2017, 09:36:28 AM »
So, if I were wanting to find people who are into FPGA board design/use (especially open source), where would I go other than the EEVblog forum and EE-based subreddits?

I mean, does anyone visit places like EE Times, or EDN, or any of those websites?

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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 09:37:56 AM »
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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2017, 09:42:12 AM »
So, you go there to talk/read about FPGAs and/ open source hardware, or you are enrolled there?  It's a school, right?

 

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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2017, 09:43:13 AM »
Well, electronix.ru is a great resource, but you need to know Russian :)

EE Times and EDN are more of a SPAM sources than useful resources from my point of view.
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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 09:47:19 AM »
The fedevel guy has a YT channel which covers pretty much everything to make you a definitive Altium Designer expert if you plan to use it to design your high speed PCB.

I don't use that website, but sometimes Google search returns some interesting things from their forum.
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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2017, 09:49:24 AM »
I checked out the electronix.ru link--I just ran it through Google Translate.  That's a big site!
 

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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2017, 09:58:35 AM »
I checked out the electronix.ru link--I just ran it through Google Translate.  That's a big site!
I'm not sure of the quality of translation, but it is better than nothing. As far as electronics-related forums go, it is one of the best ones I know. There are a lot of experienced people there.
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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2017, 11:27:36 AM »
Xilinx and Altera have community forums.
It doesn't get much more "FPGA oriented" than that, though maybe 99% of the interested people are probably posting there because they have either academic project or commercial project related questions, I would be surprised if most of the "deep" open source / open hardware people that routinely use their FPGA technologies did not also monitor those places from time to time.

There's also edaboard. 
Maybe similar usage profile, maybe far more heavily academic than commercial?

Of course there are forums at $popular_open_hardware_site_of_the_year places.  Seems like I've seen such at adafruit, hackaday, sparkfun, dangerousprototypes, whatever else.  A better question is who does NOT have such a forum these days.  I can't speak to relative popularity of these though particularly in the narrow subject area of FPGAs.

There's another forum here:
http://forum.gadgetfactory.net/index.php?/forum/102-papilio-pro/

I imagine there are lots of Indian / Chinese oriented forums for the topics.

Seems like all the major online distributors in the US have "community forums" too, like Element14 for one obvious example.

Usenet probably still has something like sci.electronics.fpga or something or other.

I seem to recall there's a "dsprelated" site with such and not too infrequent FPGA relationships of matter.

 
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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2017, 01:59:40 AM »
Yeah, well, this is just my uneducated observation, but I'm not seeing EEs and other professionals in this field having the tendency to comment and engage as much as other folks in other interest areas.

Dave's forum and reddit seem to be "where it's at," in terms of readership on the internet.  I could be very well mistaken.

I just wasn't sure if those giant multi-title news media companies, like Aspencore, EDN, OSM, etc. are even popular as reading material by most folks in this industry.  They seem to have very low engagement in the comments and on social media.

As far as the open source community, do most people identify with OSHWA, or is there a better spot for talking/reading about OSHW?
 

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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2017, 04:07:36 AM »
Yeah I always considered places like EDN to be "read only" vs. "converse".  Maybe that is partly old habit back from the days when you'd get such publications printed in dead tree format and sites that emphasize the "forum" therefore seeming to be more relevant to interact with.

For OSHW I don't know besides what I mentioned.  I think it is too fragmented of an area to have general hotspots.  There are tons of "I want to design / use audio processing HiFi OSHW" forums and probably lots around toy scale model vehicles of whatever sorts and more around LEDs / lighting, etc. etc.  But FPGA stuff in particular?  Not so common AFAIK other than maybe the sorts of places I mentioned.
 
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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2017, 04:10:08 AM »
Magazines like EDN aren't very useful anymore; the primary value nowadays is so you can tell if an engineer is good or not, based on whether they read it or not. ;)

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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2017, 05:51:47 AM »
Yeah most of the "old dead tree" ones are like that for me (relevance low after going online).  They were nice (sort of) back when "the internet" wasn't really a thing and it was at least some electronic related stuff to read.  Now much lower SNR and relevance compared to all the more "information dense" sources of information out there like actual scientific research publications, good academic stuff, focused in depth vendor specific tips & tricks & news, etc.

Of course it would be hard "not to love" good insightful / thought provoking column / editorial / article stuff by people that have great knowledge and something to say, as the "famous EEs" like Jim Williams and RAP contributed to such writing in such forums at times. 

But as for actual focused in depth technical content?  That's more what a book / data sheet / application note / research presentation is for.  A two page infomercial article usually isn't that deep.

I think their CMS systems / approach is part of the problem for me.  Too hard to sort the occasional useful tidbit from the fluff.  Of course "library science" isn't exactly the strong point of ... almost anyone's site... so it is hard enough even to find specific information on an IC vendor's site even with a more clear idea of what one is wanting to find.
And good luck searching "free form text" application notes for tidbits.  If the title / abstract isn't enough to convince you to read the whole thing, who knows what useful / useless information you might not see in there.

Too many publications, not enough life.  Information over / under load.

Magazines like EDN aren't very useful anymore; the primary value nowadays is so you can tell if an engineer is good or not, based on whether they read it or not. ;)

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Re: Where do people hang out other than here?
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2017, 10:56:03 AM »
Two items:

1. Another OSHW endeavor (my own, with others), at www.innovatia.com
I have a Tektronix engineering background (portable 'scopes, TM500) and am trying to interest others in participating in the development of (mostly) already-designed (circuit diagrams, derivations available) OSHW for mainstream-performance bench instruments. Contact me through innovatia.com if interested, after looking at the projects there.

2. As for EDN /i]-type articles with any depth, I have been writing such articles for www.planetanalog.com and www.how2power.com I seem to have become the top article writer on both sites. Much of what I write is tutorial and about aspects of analog and power electronic design that seem to have been overlooked, though familiar and important. Take a look and give me some feedback. I am writing up much of my electronics research of the last few years in the form of books available at www.innovatia.com
 


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