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Registered: ‎11-17-2007

What's different feature between HW-USB-FLYLEADS-G and HW-USB-G ?

At online store page had 2 usb programming cables but I can't see detail of any one so I want to know what different with it.
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Xilinx Employee
Xilinx Employee
Registered: ‎08-13-2007

On the online store programming solutions page (, you can click on the "Learn more" links.
You will be taken to the Platform USB datasheet:
This addresses these questions.
HW-USB-G - this is what most people want - it includes the Platform USB programming adaptor, ribbon cable, and flying leads adaptor
HW-USB-FLYLEADS-G - this is just a spare flying lead adaptor. Usually only useful if you lost this or need a spare. This requires the HW-USB-G to be useful.
You will generally need either the Platform USB cable or a Parallel-IV cable. The differences are outlined here:
The USB version is much more common now due to the peripheral sets on most new computers.
For the USB cable, you may find this handy:  (Platform Cable USB - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs))
Note that the Xilinx Spartan-3E, 3A, and 3AN starter kits effectively have the Platform USB programmer integrated onto the board so you don't need to purchase one to use these boards.
This helps new users to get started cost-effectively. Most boards are not like this and will require a programming cable.
== minor edit

Message Edited by timpe on 11-17-2007 09:10 AM
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