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Visitor pfine
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Beginner - need help loading image to FPGA

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I have an image for a Spartan 3A FPGA provided by a subcontractor to load onto my target platform.  I have access to a DLC10 Platform Cable, but I do not know what software to use to download the image to my target. I have started the download of the ISE application, but I expect the 3.2 GB file might be overkill. 

 

Is there a lightweight application which will allow me to download my image to the FPGA?

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Instructor
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Registered: ‎07-21-2009

Re: Beginner - need help loading image to FPGA

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The application you need is IMPACT.  It is included in the ISE Tool Suite.  The Webpack edition is free.

 

You can download ISE 13.1, which includes IMPACT, here.

 

If you were my client, I would provide an in-person demonstration how to upload configuration files to your board, plus detailed instructions.

 

Is this a custom board design, or a standard development board?

 

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Instructor
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Re: Beginner - need help loading image to FPGA

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The application you need is IMPACT.  It is included in the ISE Tool Suite.  The Webpack edition is free.

 

You can download ISE 13.1, which includes IMPACT, here.

 

If you were my client, I would provide an in-person demonstration how to upload configuration files to your board, plus detailed instructions.

 

Is this a custom board design, or a standard development board?

 

-- Bob Elkind

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README for newbies is here: http://forums.xilinx.com/t5/New-Users-Forum/README-first-Help-for-new-users/td-p/219369

Summary:
1. Read the manual or user guide. Have you read the manual? Can you find the manual?
2. Search the forums (and search the web) for similar topics.
3. Do not post the same question on multiple forums.
4. Do not post a new topic or question on someone else's thread, start a new thread!
5. Students: Copying code is not the same as learning to design.
6 "It does not work" is not a question which can be answered. Provide useful details (with webpage, datasheet links, please).
7. You are not charged extra fees for comments in your code.
8. I am not paid for forum posts. If I write a good post, then I have been good for nothing.

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Visitor pfine
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Re: Beginner - need help loading image to FPGA

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Bob,

 

I have started the download. Only 8 1/2 more hours to go.

 

We have a custom board design.  I just came onboard for this project.  We have people that know the FPGA tools and FPGA design; they happen to all be in training this week, so I am on my own for the moment.

 

I have actually done a download of an image to the FPGA, but it was years ago and I hadn't installed the tools.  Hence the question that you answered about what the correct tools are.

 

Thanks for you quick response,

 

--Paul

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Re: Beginner - need help loading image to FPGA

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I have started the download. Only 8 1/2 more hours to go.

 

I just realised you can download a subset of the tools, which is a much smaller download.  On the download page linked previously, scroll down to the "Lab Tools" section.  The Lab Tools package includes IMPACT.

 

-- Bob Elkind

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3. Do not post the same question on multiple forums.
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5. Students: Copying code is not the same as learning to design.
6 "It does not work" is not a question which can be answered. Provide useful details (with webpage, datasheet links, please).
7. You are not charged extra fees for comments in your code.
8. I am not paid for forum posts. If I write a good post, then I have been good for nothing.
Professor
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Re: Beginner - need help loading image to FPGA

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The last time I downloaded "Lab Tools," it was still around 2 GB!  It includes an awful lot of stuff in

addition to Impact - like ChipScope and cable servers.  In my opinion Lattice is way ahead of

Xilinx in this regard.  Their "ispVM" software is not coupled to the development tools, so you can always

get the latest version.  And the download is only in the 10's of MB.  Xilinx could do well to package

"Production Tools" in addition to "Lab Tools."  Usually Impact is enough for production.

 

-- Gabor

-- Gabor
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Visitor pfine
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Re: Beginner - need help loading image to FPGA

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Awesome!  The download of the Lab Tools is done. Tools are installed.  The new image is loaded and I am able to start testing.

 

Thanks Bob!

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Professor
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Re: Beginner - need help loading image to FPGA

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I see Lab Tools is down to "only" 813.33 MB for version 13.1

 

Still it's a lot bigger than Impact alone...

 

Anyone from Xilinx listening?

-- Gabor
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