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asobeih
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Which is better, Vivado or ISE? Which Edition to choose?

Hello,

 

I am new to my ZYBO Zynq 7000 Development Board and, generally, the world of FPGAs.

 

1) I am about to install my development program (ISE/Vivado). How to differentiate between both of them in order to choose the suitable one for my work. Considering that I already tried both of them and I have a remarkable tendancy to Vivado, but from random experience of working on simple projects (controlling LEDs, simple digital circuits).

 

2) When it comes to the installation, how to choose the edition? Considering that I am seeking the edition that gives me access to all design and development features.

 

Thanks!

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syedz
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@asobeih,

 

Check the similar forum thread:

https://forums.xilinx.com/t5/Design-Entry/What-is-the-main-difference-between-Vivado-and-ISE/td-p/270000

 

Also check the different edition of Vivado:

http://www.xilinx.com/products/design-tools/vivado.html#buy

 

For ISE:

http://www.xilinx.com/products/design-tools/ise-design-suite.html

 

--Syed

 

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arpansur
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HI @asobeih,

 

Do you mean webpack,system edition, design edition and so?

If so this depends on your requirement. Please go through page-29 of following link:

http://www.xilinx.com/support/documentation/sw_manuals/xilinx2016_1/ug973-vivado-release-notes-install-license.pdf

 

Thanks,
Arpan

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Hi @asobeih,

 

1. Choosing Vivado will be better as it is our current tool, and we have atleast 4 updates to it every year, while ISE is under  maintenance. Vivado  provides some features which were not there in ISE. Plus you have worked on Vivado earlier, so it will be easier for you to use. Always opt for the latest version, which currently is Vivado 2016.1. You can download it from here: http://www.xilinx.com/support/download.html

 

2. Vivado system Edition will provide you with all features.

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Nupur
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austin
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a,

 

Vivado.  ISE 14.7 is last (ever) version of ISE, and will not be updated/improved.  It is for all products before 28nm (7 series).

 

Vivado is the clean break with the past, and is the only tool moving forward.

 

No shades of gray here:  it is black and white -- any product in 7 series, or newer, use Vivado.

 

I do realize some example designs for Zynb are out there done on ISE, but I do not recommend you use them as they are now quite old, and better examples exist for Vivado.

 

One caution:  for a reference design, load and use the version specified for best results.  If the example design is in 2014.3, then that is the version to use. 

Austin Lesea
Principal Engineer
Xilinx San Jose
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