Programming FPGA and Launching Software on Hardware

Tutorial on how to program FPGA and Launch Software on Hardware in XIlinx SDK

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Program FPGA and Launch on Hardware

Program FPGA

You can program your Blackboard with a bitstream file directly from SDK. Connect the board via a USB cable to PROG UART, turn the board on, then click Program FPGA under Xilinx Tools menu.

Figure 1. Xilinx Tools: Program FPGA
Figure 1. Xilinx Tools: Program FPGA

In the Program FPGA dialog, make sure the correct bitstream file is selected, then click the Program button to program the FPGA. Once the FPGA has been programmed, you do not need program it again if you are changing software. You need to reprogram the FPGA if you again if you turn off your Blackboard.

Figure 2. Program FPGA Dialog
Figure 2. Program FPGA Dialog

Launch on Harware

To Run the program, click on the arrow beside the Run Icon and select Launch on Hardware (System Debugger) in the Run As menu.

Figure 3. Launch on Hardware
Figure 3. Launch on Hardware