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FPGA/CPLD VGA Generator and Shared Memory Access

Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by Krystian Sergiejew, Aug 10, 2003.

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  1. I am thinking about designing a single board computer that would be capable
    of generating VGA signals to display images stored in SRAM on the monitor.
    The VGA generator would be implemented in CPLD or FPGA, and it would share
    the memory with the processor. Basically, somewhere in the CPU's address
    space, I would have a location where the screen image would be stored. The
    idea is that the screen image would be accessible by both, the CPU and the
    FPGA. The FPGA generator would constantly read from memory the pixel values
    and display them on the monitor. However, the CPU should also have the
    read/write access to the screen image so that it could be modified.

    How do I implement all that so that everything works and doesn't collide?
    How do I prevent the CPU and FPGA from accessing the memory at the same

    Any comments/feedback would be highly appreciated.

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