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October 2012

Xilinx Tools 2012.3 Release

Last week Xilinx released the newest version of their tools, revisioned at 2012.3 (14.3).  I thought I would take a few minutes here to discuss a few things about Xilinx's tools, and how they are versioned.


Get to know the players

First let's get some nomenclature down:



ISE has been the primary Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Xilinx for several years.  It is has been the primary launch point for all Real Time Logic (RTL) based projects



I've Moved!

Hello There!
Well if you've found yourself here, then the move to the site was successful!  The nice folks over at Avnet were awesome enough to give me some website on the website, and well, here I am!

Check back soon for more blog posts!

FAQ: Warnings in my project

I had a few questions about Warnings so I thought I would post a hopefully concise answer here.

Often it is the case that you will be designing hardware in either VHDL, Verilog, or Schematic Capture and when synthesizing that design you will receive a series of warnings.

First, it is always important to read through all messages that the tools provide, as it will both give you a better understanding of the tools as well as what they are doing.  This will lead to a better functional understanding of how your design is behaving both in simulation and in live silicon.

PlanAhead Deep Dive Part 2: New Project Flow

This is the second in the series of a Deep Dive into the Xilinx tool called PlanAhead.  Check out part 1 here.

So you want to be a hardware designer hu?  Cool.  Well we better get started right away!

PlanAhead Deep Dive Part 1: Flow Navigator

This is the first of a series of posts that hope to better explain the PlanAhead software and some of it's features.  I have broken it up into different parts so it flows a bit nicer.  I will link the other posts here once I complete them.

QEMU - Deep Dive

So I wanted to touch on a really powerful tool that I have mentioned before, but haven't dove far into - the QEMU build that Xilinx provides for ARM development on Zynq.

I touched on how to download, and build QEMU previously, but I didn't touch on much more than that.

Note:  I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for this blog post.