11-14-2017 06:07 AM
I'm working on a project that includes a Windows PC and an FPGA (Kintex 7). The PC has Vivado 2015.1 installed, which we use for writing RTL and programming the FPGA. Once the FPGA is programmed using the Hardware Manager, it communicates with custom software on the PC, which I maintain.
We want a user-friendly (vs. developer friendly) way to push pre-generated bit-files to the FPGA. Is there any way to do this without opening the full Vivado IDE? Maybe there's some third-party tool, or a CLI invocation we can call against Vivado? I searched the internet and these forums, but as a newbie to the FPGA development process, it was hard to know which terms to search for, and which results to ignore. Can anyone help point me in the right direction on this?
11-14-2017 07:13 AM
Look up the Lab Tools,
It is a 'much' smaller set of programs, including Hardware Manager for programming. It is free.