Welcome back, Chip Hack!

Mary Bennett

Hello, everyone. Chip Hack is back with Embecosm!!

Chip Hack is a two or three day course on Verilog and chip design. It is open to everyone and encourages people who are completely new to programming or chip design to join in.

To mark the 60th Anniversary of the BCS (British Computer Society), the theme for Chip Hack 2017 — which is also being hosted as part of the Wuthering Bytes festival — is the EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator). The EDSAC was created by the founding President of the BCS at the University of Cambridge Mathematical Laboratory between 1947 and 1949. It contained mercury delay lines for memory, a punch-tape reader, and lots of vacuum tubes for logic. Start-up was controlled by switches and most of the debugging was done with a mixture of listening to the sounds the machine was making and the post-mortem method.

Over the next few weeks, my team and I will design the program for the three day Chip Hack course, work with the lecturers and build/program the prototypes.

Chip Hack is free to attend and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chiphack-edsac-challenge-registration-35008847405

You can follow our progress through future blogs.

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