digilent nexys 2 running through its demo program

Digilent Nexys 2 running through its demo program. I completed a VHDL tutorial last night that displayed the hexadecimal version of the first four switches acting as bits. The Digilent Linux tools aren’t so great, at least compared to the screenshots of the Windows tools, but they do work after a little prodding.

It’s odd that Digilent would consider their USB firmware proprietary, leading to a lot of inefficient effort on the part of various Linux hackers to reverse-engineer it. What exactly is Digilent protecting? It’s a bootloader for a $150 low-end design tool, big deal. Someone should build an FPGA board like this with an ATmega32u4 as the USB frontend. It’ll look like an Arduino Leonardo to the PC, but it’ll have super powers.