My name is Sven Andersson and I
work as a consultant in embedded
system design, implemented in ASIC
In my spare time I write this blog
and I hope it will inspire others to
learn more about this fantastic field.
I live in Stockholm Sweden and have
my own company
You are welcome to contact me
and ask questions or make comments
about my blog.
I always dreamed of being able to use my Mac for all my computer tasks both at home and at work. I am an ASIC designer and in my job I use many different CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs. These programs used to run only on big Unix workstations from SUN and HP. But with Linux growing more and more popular they now can run on almost any PC, equipped with a X86 processor.
I bought my first Apple computer in 1993, a Macintosh LC III. It had a 32MHz 68030 CPU and 4MB of RAM.
It was a great machine. I used it for everything, playing games like Pacman and Tetris, writing all my documents and organizing the house association. To find out more about the Apple and Macintosh history go to Low End Mac or EveryMac.com.
My next Mac was a Performa 5400/180. It was introduced 1996 and had a PowerPC 603e running at 180MHz. It had 16MB of RAM and a 1.6 GB hard drive.
My third Mac was a PowerBook G3/400 codenamed Lombard. It had a PowerPC 750 (G3) processor running at 400MHz and was equipped with 64MB of RAM and a 6 GB hard drive.
My fourth Mac was a PowerBook G4 1.67. It was introduced in 2005 and had a PowerPC 7447a (G4) running at 1.67 GHz. It had 512MB of RAM and 80GB hard drive.
My fifth Mac is the one I am using today and the one that has given me the possibility to use it for all my computing needs both at home and at work. It is a MacBook Core Duo featuring a 2.0 GHz Intel processor (T2400) with two independent processor cores on a single chip. I had it customized with 1GB of RAM and a 80GB hard drive. It uses the same processor as many PCs are using and lets me install and run Windows XP and any Linux version I like.
My current setup looks like this. It consists of a MacBook Core Duo with a bluetooth keyboard from Apple and a bluetooth mouse BT500 from RadTech. The display is a 23-inch Cinema display from Apple. When I leave home I just unplug the display grab the MacBook and have access to Mac OS X, Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux wherever I go.
I just made it to Mac (Hack) I'm a long timer from early DOS to Vista but now
peace at last OSX... fantastic but still I ned XP for a few Apps like
Autocad and ArchiCAD and now ISE so far no problem 3D works smooth
I run XP with Parallels Desktop (I prefer PD than fusion) and runs fast and better 3D.
I own Nexys2 & Avnet Spartan 3A an could seamless communicate (program) via USB, I also bought A Xilinx USB DLC-09 JTAC cable but still to test(just got this morning).
Zotac gf 9300 ITX 4GB Ram CPU C2D E8500 Snow Leopard vanilla install.
I heard this: who needs Windows in a World without walls? I'm absolutely enthusiastic about OSX...
svenand March 23, 2009 10:43 PM PDT
I have used VMware and Ubuntu Linux for running Xilinx ISE and XPS software. You can find out more by reading the "FPGA design from scratch" story. The programming via JTAG was the biggest hurdle. See part 25 for more information.
svenand July 12, 2007 05:38 PM PDT That is my Xilinx FPGA evaluation board. To find out more read "FPGA design from scratch"
MacPie July 10, 2007 11:12 AM PDT
Nice Setup..... I'm planning to buy one of these displays with mac mini soon. Currently I have Macbook pro 17" 2.33 GHz.