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jvs@dyumnin.com
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Registered: ‎05-25-2018

Alternative to Platform cable

I am in the process of designing a custom board and going for mass manufacturing,

I am not sure whether using a platform cable and programming each board one by one is the right approach. I am thinking of designing a test jig + multi board programmer

What are the hardware/Software guidelines for this approach?

If I take a generic jtag cable say a FTDI usb to jtag, can it be used to program the hardware? What software is required to do the programming?


If I decide to build an high speed programmer out of an FPGA, what protocols need to be followed to achieve software compatibility and speed equivalent to the SmartLynq?

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gurupra
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Registered: ‎01-10-2012

Hi jvs@dyumnin.com 

JTAG programming of FPGA is done while prototyping or debug/validation phase. In your end product FPGA will use a Flash for Configuration and you can use the 3rdparty programmers to Program the Flash once you are production ready.

https://www.xilinx.com/products/technology/configuration-solutions/third-party.html

 

Our Vivado Indirect programming of Flash is slower compared to production use 3rd party Flash programmers.