By Diogo Luiz Bohm on Apr 09, 2009
What a day! We've submitted our project related to OpenSparc's use through opensparc.net by the end of February, in March our project was approved and yesterday we've received our Virtex 5 board, that will allow us to use, test and research over this wonderful 8-core CPU! We're still finding out how to correcly use it, but next week we'll most likely be running a system over it. Here are some photos of the board (they were shot from a cellphone, so their quality isn't the best around):
The box came with memory cards, 3 different region power cables, a SATA cable, AC adapter and a Serial/Parallel adapter. Ready to work!
Also, this board has as many IO interfaces a normal computer would have, it has VGA and DVI ports, 4 sound input/output ports, 2 PS/2 ports, a optical fiber channel, an RJ-45 port, an Digital Audio output, SATA ports, an embedded LCD display... and many more I'm forgetting to mention. It's an awesomely powerful board!
And that was just the unboxing. Tomorrow hopefully we'll connect it to a PC and learn how to use it properly.