GOWIN Semiconductor Corp Releases New User Development Community
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GOWIN Semiconductor Corp Releases New User Development Community

By CIOReview | Monday, October 4, 2021

Magic jelly bean focuses on providing a new user development community to schools and hobbyists.

FREMONT, CA: GOWIN Semiconductor Corp. has released a new user community called Magic Jelly Bean. Magic Jelly Bean focuses on providing low-cost 3rd party development boards that are distributed locally, together with related example designs and community forums, to schools, universities, and hobbyists.

The MiniStar development kit loaded with GOWINs GW1NS-4C SoC FPGA is now featured on MagicJellyBean.org, which gives up-to-date information on basic and easy-to-use development boards and tutorials. It also includes links to purchase sites via domestic distribution providers like Amazon, making local shipping a breeze. For students, makers, and hobbyists, community forums on Reddit and Github Discussions provide a conversation and support platform to aid in project development.

“FPGAs use programming languages similar to C and C++. However, there is a fundamental architectural difference compared to most other programming languages; all code written is executed at the same time instead of sequentially. This provides a tremendous amount of computing efficiency and flexibility, but also comes with a small learning curve to effectively utilize,” said Grant Jennings, Senior Director of International Marketing for GOWIN Semiconductor. “Magic Jelly Bean enables engineers of experience levels to learn the capabilities of GOWIN devices with easy-to-use tools and example designs making FPGA development a trivial and second nature exercise.”

Student versions of GOWIN EDA and GOWIN MCU Designer are available for download and installation without the need for a licensing file at MagicJellyBean.org. Developers can program both GOWIN FPGAs and microprocessors on the development boards using the design software, which is available for Windows and Linux. Bug reports, updates, further reference project contributions, and communication connected to the Magic Jelly Bean community are all possible with the project files available on github.

“Adding Amazon Store capability to support educational and hobby users is a natural progression and an excellent complement to our existing well established Distributor partners,” said Mike Furnival, Vice President of International Sales at GOWIN Semiconductor. “In these challenging times for global semiconductor supply taking care of smaller, but nonetheless important, potential future customers remains very important for the development of our industry. As these embryonic entities develop they will, in turn, become customers for our Distributors contriving to create a win-win situation for all involved parties.”