Setting up FPGA Board

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by ECE101, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. ECE101

    Thread Starter New Member

    Nov 25, 2011

    I have been given the following board:

    I've downloaded the adept software and have also Xilinx ISE Webpack V13.2.

    I've got experience programming in VHDL but the configuration aspect has always been taken care of. Basically I'm just wondering if someone could help me figure out how to get my VHDL onto the board!

    My Christmas goal for now is to get a simple blinky program running on the board itself!

    What else do I need or what do I need to configure?

    Any advice or useful links would be greatly appreciated :)
  2. thatoneguy

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 19, 2009
  3. ECE101

    Thread Starter New Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I have a JTAG cable but it would be more convenient to use the boards usb port as long as it didnt complicate things further...
  4. kubeek

    AAC Fanatic!

    Sep 20, 2005
    You should consult the manual, but I guess the USB port will not be connected the right way to allow you to load your code into the flash memory.
  5. guitarguy12387

    Active Member

    Apr 10, 2008
    You should be able to basically plug and play with a 3E and USB. Just install the cable drivers for USB. May have to play with the configuration headers, but i can't remember off the top of my head. Consult the Spartan 3E Users Guide.

    Of course you'll need to go through the ISE flow and generate a bitstream which will be used to configure the board.