02-04-2009 08:19 AM
Is there any version of Xilinx XPS for MacOS?
I'm currently using XPS 8.2i for Windows. Will it be compatible?
No, there is no Xilinx for Mac OS X. You would think that porting it over to OS X would be rather straightforward, since everything is actually Unix-based (the Windows stuff is all cygwin and java), and OS X has has X Window support since the beginning.
But, then again, it took Xilinx AGES to support Linux, even though they were supporting AIX and HP-UX long after those platforms were dead.
I would LOVE to see the Xilinx tools run on OS X.
Then again, I would LOVE to see them fix the existing bugs.
02-04-2009 09:08 AM
I'm sad to see that there is not Mac OS support but i will manage installing Windows XP virtual machine or in a separate partition (worse case!).
In case that i will run Windows Xp on "Parallel" i guess that the programming cable to download the bistream into the FPGA will not work: isn't it??
02-04-2009 10:02 AM
02-05-2009 04:45 AM
I can inform you that I had some succes using the USB programming adaptor under Parallels Desktop.
I have been using ISE software under Parallels on my MacBook Pro for a while now.
Earlier versions of Parallels did sort-of work, but were v-e-r-y - s-l-o-w when using the programming cable.
This was probably something to do with the USB device changing personalities a few times ...
Anyway, the point is that the USB cable DOES work under a virtual machine on Mac OS/X
02-05-2009 05:18 AM
could you tell me which version precisely did work properly with programming cable for you both for Parallel and Xilinx ISE/EDK?
I will try to get them!
02-12-2009 12:26 PM
I'm running ISE Foundation 10.1 sp3 under VMware Fusion 2.0.1 on Vista Home Premium. Everything works fine. I have used both Impact and the Digilent USB cable without any issues. I haven't used Parallels, but I can definitely recommend Fusion. I have Vista installed using Bootcamp, so I can either boot straight into Windows or run it within OSX with Fusion.
I recommend turning of all the Windows eye-candy that you can, it really speeds things up with Vista.
02-24-2009 10:40 PM
I used Parallels Desktop for windows host OS and then tools version 8.x - 10.x inside windows together with various tools (modelsim, planahead and chipscope).
They all worked okey. There were no problems with jtag cable.
I had to switch to Linux to do more scripting with designs and Parallels had problems with Jtag when Linux was host OS.
It works nice with VMWare.