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Article: 61875
Subject: DCM driving multiple OBUF's ... skew in between ...
From: "Markus Meng" <meng.engineering@bluewin.ch>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 20:42:52 +0200
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Hi all,

a simple question:

We intend to use a DCM in a Virtex-II Pro to drive multiple OBUF's but
only ne feedback signal - of course. What is the best way to minimize the
delay difference between the OBUF's?

Any help would be appreciated.

Markus




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Article: 61877
Subject: Re: DCM driving multiple OBUF's ... skew in between ...
From: Austin Lesea <Austin.Lesea@xilinx.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 12:02:30 -0700
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
Markus,

Keep the OBUFs to the right or left sides, and near the center of the parts
(least H Clock Tree skew from IOB to IOB <<50 ps).

Worst is to have them in the center of the top or bottom, and go to the
extreme right or left corners (~500 to 600 ps in 2VP100 skew).

You can infer the skew on the hclck tree by examining delays in FPGA editor.

Austin

Markus Meng wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> a simple question:
>
> We intend to use a DCM in a Virtex-II Pro to drive multiple OBUF's but
> only ne feedback signal - of course. What is the best way to minimize the
> delay difference between the OBUF's?
>
> Any help would be appreciated.
>
> Markus


Article: 61878
Subject: Re: mp3 project
From: "SneakerNet" <nospam@nospam.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 08:23:41 +1300
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
I have sent you a mail regarding this ;o)
Thanks

"Henry" <otc_friend@gmx.net> wrote in message
news:3f8bcdf3_2@news.arcor-ip.de...
> There was a project using a Atmel FPSLIC (=AVR+FPGA)vcfor all processing.
> The FPGA realized a IDE interface and a 32-bit DSP (!) for decoding MP3 !
> Don't know where but if you mail me I will see on my harddisk.
> - Henry
>
> SneakerNet schrieb in Nachricht ...
> >Hi All
> >
> >Has anyone done/come across a mp3 personal project which is done using
FPGA
> >with added circuitry. Please let me know. I'm looking at making one
myself
> >and would like some added help.
> >
> >Right now i'm doing research on it, so any info pls pass it on.
> >
> >Kind Regards
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>



Article: 61879
Subject: Re: Electronic Dice ( 3 die ) In VHDL
From: "Nial Stewart" <nial@spamno.nialstewart.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 20:28:27 +0100
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>

Peter Alfke <peter@xilinx.com> wrote in message
news:3F8C3A8E.46F71A51@xilinx.com...
> Hi, Jonathan, let me disagree.
> I would run this with a single 200 MHz oscillator, and drive the
> indicators with a simple counter ( three mod 6 counters cascaded).
> The counter goes through all its 216 values once per microsecond, and I
> am sure that the human hand cannot cheat with fractional microsecond
accuracy.
>
> Peter Alfke

Peter,

Was Jonathan not being ironic?

The original request reeked of 'late assignment'.


Nial.

------------------------------------------------
Nial Stewart Developments Ltd
FPGA and High Speed Digital Design
www.nialstewartdevelopments.co.uk






Article: 61880
Subject: Re: ISE6.1i RPM's, Multipliers and grids
From: "Martin Euredjian" <0_0_0_0_@pacbell.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 19:58:19 GMT
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
"John_H" wrote:

> Did I miss something and all your macros broke when you included only one
> RPM_GRID macro?

I think they did.  I say "I think" because this was several layers back (and
days) in a troubleshooting session and I don't remember.  I'm reasonably
certain that this is what happened:

1- Existing macro with regular grid consisting of several RPMs instantiated
at the macro's top level.
2- The macro was built with the lower-left component at X0Y0 (SRL)
3- Had problems with multipliers
4- Decided to use RPM_GRID for the multiplier
5- The macro broke (wouldn't implement)
6- Converted all sub-macros to RPM_GRID
7- Had other problems
8- Went back to a non RPM_GRID implementation and used timing attributes to
pull the multiplier into the right location.
9- Moved on

I have to say that Xilinx has been very supportive.  We are looking into a
number of the things I've run into over the last couple of weeks.  While no
vendor can and will offer perfection, the difference might very well be in
the way the user base is supported.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Martin Euredjian

To send private email:
0_0_0_0_@pacbell.net
where
"0_0_0_0_"  =  "martineu"






Article: 61881
Subject: Re: Electronic Dice ( 3 die ) In VHDL
From: Peter Alfke <peter@xilinx.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 13:25:40 -0700
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
I admit, my "irony detector" was temporarily asleep, and the German
seriousness took over...
But the scare story was really so neat.
Beware of these super-urgent class assignments!
Peter
==================
Nial Stewart wrote:
> 
> Peter Alfke <peter@xilinx.com> wrote in message
> news:3F8C3A8E.46F71A51@xilinx.com...
> > Hi, Jonathan, let me disagree.
> > I would run this with a single 200 MHz oscillator, and drive the
> > indicators with a simple counter ( three mod 6 counters cascaded).
> > The counter goes through all its 216 values once per microsecond, and I
> > am sure that the human hand cannot cheat with fractional microsecond
> accuracy.
> >
> > Peter Alfke
> 
> Peter,
> 
> Was Jonathan not being ironic?
> 
> The original request reeked of 'late assignment'.
> 
> Nial.
> 
> ------------------------------------------------
> Nial Stewart Developments Ltd
> FPGA and High Speed Digital Design
> www.nialstewartdevelopments.co.uk

Article: 61882
Subject: Re: mp3 project
From: "Henry" <otc_friend@gmx.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 22:26:24 +0200
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
I don't received your email. Sent?
- Henry

SneakerNet schrieb in Nachricht
<13Yib.178545$JA5.4472724@news.xtra.co.nz>...
>I have sent you a mail regarding this ;o)
>Thanks
>
>"Henry" <otc_friend@gmx.net> wrote in message
>news:3f8bcdf3_2@news.arcor-ip.de...
>> There was a project using a Atmel FPSLIC (=AVR+FPGA)vcfor all processing.
>> The FPGA realized a IDE interface and a 32-bit DSP (!) for decoding MP3 !
>> Don't know where but if you mail me I will see on my harddisk.
>> - Henry
>>
>> SneakerNet schrieb in Nachricht ...
>> >Hi All
>> >
>> >Has anyone done/come across a mp3 personal project which is done using
>FPGA
>> >with added circuitry. Please let me know. I'm looking at making one
>myself
>> >and would like some added help.
>> >
>> >Right now i'm doing research on it, so any info pls pass it on.
>> >
>> >Kind Regards
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>



Article: 61883
Subject: Re: PCI-X bridge from Xilinx LogiCORE and half bridge
From: Eric Crabill <eric.crabill@xilinx.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 13:26:24 -0700
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>

Hello,

> Well it is not just a bridge, and thats why I cant buy an ASSP.

Fair enough.

> In the Half Bridge application note from Xilinx, there is specific
> chapter dealing with bridging between several PCI-X cores. I do not
> need the core to be fully PCI bridge compliant, nor have PCI bridge
> configuration header within it. What I need is that the core will
> capture type 1 configuration cycles and reflect them on the user
> application side of the core. In this way I could have my own logic
> to translate those transactions to type 0 configuration transaction
> on other busses I have connected to our FPGA.

The Xilinx PCI and PCI-X LogiCORE products do not accept Type 1
configuration cycles.  They can, however, generate both Type 1
and Type 0 configuration cycles.  This makes them suitable for
host bridge designs.  It makes them unsuitable for the type of
design you described.

You may ask, then, what the application note is referring to when
it discusses bridging bus segments.  That application is for making
a "cross-link" bridge between two bus segments, where there is
already a host for each segment.  I will admit that the document
is not entirely clear on this point, and I have asked the authors
to correct the application note.

If you are interested in pursuing your desired application, you
should contact your Xilinx FAE, who will be able to assist you.

Good luck,
Eric

> > Hello,
> >
> > To get a better answer, you'll have to be more specific
> > about what you want to build.  Are you trying to build a
> > fully compliant PCI(-X) to PCI(-X) bridge?  If that is
> > the case, you should buy an ASSP to do the job.
> >
> > The Xilinx PCI and PCI-X LogiCOREs, as you might buy them
> > over the web, have Type 0 configuration spaces and are not
> > suitable for compliant bridging applications.  However,
> > there are other options and it depends on what you are
> > trying to do.
> >
> > What exactly are you trying to do?
> > Eric
> >
> > > Hi.
> > >
> > > I'm considering Xilinx LogiCORE PCI-X core, and Xilinx
> > > HalfBridge core for building a PCI-X bridge.
> > >
> > > Can anyone share experience with these cores for PCI bridge
> > > application?  Does these cores deal with the address
> > > translation from "type 1" to "type 0" ?
> > >
> > > Thankx
> > > NAHUM

Article: 61884
Subject: Re: mp3 project
From: "SneakerNet" <nospam@nospam.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 09:30:27 +1300
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
Hi Henry
I sent you a mail regarding this at otc_friend@gmx.net. Is this your right
email? If not what email should I mail you at?

Thanks again ;o)

"Henry" <otc_friend@gmx.net> wrote in message
news:3f8c5ad9_1@news.arcor-ip.de...
> I don't received your email. Sent?
> - Henry
>
> SneakerNet schrieb in Nachricht
> <13Yib.178545$JA5.4472724@news.xtra.co.nz>...
> >I have sent you a mail regarding this ;o)
> >Thanks
> >
> >"Henry" <otc_friend@gmx.net> wrote in message
> >news:3f8bcdf3_2@news.arcor-ip.de...
> >> There was a project using a Atmel FPSLIC (=AVR+FPGA)vcfor all
processing.
> >> The FPGA realized a IDE interface and a 32-bit DSP (!) for decoding MP3
!
> >> Don't know where but if you mail me I will see on my harddisk.
> >> - Henry
> >>
> >> SneakerNet schrieb in Nachricht ...
> >> >Hi All
> >> >
> >> >Has anyone done/come across a mp3 personal project which is done using
> >FPGA
> >> >with added circuitry. Please let me know. I'm looking at making one
> >myself
> >> >and would like some added help.
> >> >
> >> >Right now i'm doing research on it, so any info pls pass it on.
> >> >
> >> >Kind Regards
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
>
>



Article: 61885
Subject: Altera mySupport
From: khimbittle@cliftonREMOVEsystems.com (Khim Bittle)
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 21:11:03 GMT
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
hi folks ... since I often see comments in this group pounding on the
manufacturers technical support problems I thought I'd offer a
different view ... I currently have three Cyclone projects in
development, one in house and two for contract customers , and I
recently got in the tough stuff over my head and fired off two Altera
mySupport requests,  the next business day both were answered
thoughtfully and in detail ( one took about half a page of typed out
steps ) ... yes sometimes the 24hr response time can be a drain but I
once again have been suprised with quality support.   just my 2'c   KB
(come on Cyclone 2)



Article: 61886
Subject: Re: Electronic Dice ( 3 die ) In VHDL
From: Jim Granville <jim.granville@designtools.co.nz>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 10:26:07 +1300
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
Peter Alfke <peter@xilinx.com> wrote in message
> news:3F8C3A8E.46F71A51@xilinx.com...
> > Hi, Jonathan, let me disagree.
> > I would run this with a single 200 MHz oscillator, and drive the
> > indicators with a simple counter ( three mod 6 counters cascaded).
> > The counter goes through all its 216 values once per microsecond, and I
> > am sure that the human hand cannot cheat with fractional microsecond
> accuracy.

No, but suppose this has a single push button ? 
 Each spin is going to be close to random, but the designer might be
a tad dissappointed at the correlation _across_ the 3 displays ?

 Maybe some prime number freq multiplies, to give three vfast
clocks with different spin rates, would be sufficent.

 Could be a good exercise for the student, to check the
cross-correlation of the 3 displays ?


Nial Stewart wrote:
> 
> The original request reeked of 'late assignment'.

It certainly did :)

-jg

Article: 61887
Subject: Re: SpartanXL
From: rickman <spamgoeshere4@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 17:28:51 -0400
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Peter, thanks, but we have had this conversation several times.  None of
the Virtex or Spartan II devices can be used in this socket because of
the high start up currents.  

Right now the socket is slated to be filled by an Altera EP1K30 since it
meets all the requirements.  I was looking at the SpartanXL only because
there would be some advantage to having all the PLDs on the board be
from one vendor using one tool.  But I don't see much advantage to using
the SpXL if I have to use the "classic" tools and go with a large
package.  


Peter Alfke wrote:
> 
> Rick,
> SpartanXL is an XC4000XL-derivative, while Spartan-II is Virtex-derived.
> That means it is a big generation-step younger, more modern, better supported.
> All the devices mentioned have 3.3V I/O that are 5-V tolerant. Take a
> look at the younger parts, they may give you more flexibility. I hate to
> contradict your FAE  :-(
> 
> Peter Alfke
> =============
> rickman wrote:
> >
> > I had a meeting with my local salesperson, rep and FAE and they got me
> > to take another look at the SpartanXL for the 5 volt tolerant socket on
> > my board.  The part looks pretty good in most respects, but there are
> > two flies in the ointment.  One is the lack of support in the current
> > tools.  I know Xilinx still provides the "classic" tool set which should
> > work ok, but I am not comfortable using a different tool and would have
> > to buy a third party synthesis tool to support this.
> >
> > The other problem is that I would have to use the XCS40XL-5CS280 to get
> > the density in a small package.  But they don't offer an industrial temp
> > version in this package.  Is there a thermal reason that this package
> > won't support the industrial temp range, or is this just a matter of
> > space on the shelf for yet another chip version?  Any way to get around
> > this issue?  Is there a spread sheet for calculating the power
> > consumption?  I have a design that I can extract data from to drive a
> > power consumption model if I can get a model.
> >
> > --
> >
> > Rick "rickman" Collins
> >
> > rick.collins@XYarius.com
> > Ignore the reply address. To email me use the above address with the XY
> > removed.
> >
> > Arius - A Signal Processing Solutions Company
> > Specializing in DSP and FPGA design      URL http://www.arius.com
> > 4 King Ave                               301-682-7772 Voice
> > Frederick, MD 21701-3110                 301-682-7666 FAX

-- 

Rick "rickman" Collins

rick.collins@XYarius.com
Ignore the reply address. To email me use the above address with the XY
removed.

Arius - A Signal Processing Solutions Company
Specializing in DSP and FPGA design      URL http://www.arius.com
4 King Ave                               301-682-7772 Voice
Frederick, MD 21701-3110                 301-682-7666 FAX

Article: 61888
Subject: Re: Electronic Dice ( 3 die ) In VHDL
From: symon_brewer@hotmail.com (Symon)
Date: 14 Oct 2003 14:30:58 -0700
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Jonathan,
    Please pay attention to the OPs spec. He/she said 'randomly'. This
implies the measurement of some random process, I suggest radioactive
decay measurement is the preferred solution. This is why Xilinx offer
radiation hardened devices specifically so people can make reliable
unbiased dice. (It's no coincidence the chips are also called 'dice'.)
Note these parts are not usually offered in BGA packages, but in
leaded ones. The lead protects against radiation.
       HTH, Syms.


"Jonathan Bromley" <jonathan.bromley@doulos.com> wrote in message news:<bmh9qo$ohc$1$8302bc10@news.demon.co.uk>...
> "Amstel" <lange360@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:56f7756d.0310140824.7d8fe744@posting.google.com...
> > I'm trying to make an electronic dice (3 die). Basically the dice has
> > 3 seven-segment displays and the 3 dice values will run randomly so
> > that we would always get different values combinations. However I
> > tried and was unable to write the program in VHDL .
> 
> Do you have any idea how incredibly hard this is?
> 
snipped to avoid wrath of Uwe!

Article: 61889
Subject: Re: FPGA/CPLD With Analog Functions?
From: Jim Granville <jim.granville@designtools.co.nz>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 10:40:30 +1300
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
rickman wrote:
> 
> "Josť F. da Rocha" wrote:
> >
> > Hello.
> >
> > Iím new at the FPGA/CPLDs world and Iím currently subscribed to
> > receive Xilinx email communications.
> >
> > I would like to know if is there some FPGA/CPLD incorporating some few
> > analog functions or analog blocks like instrumentation amplifiers,
> > OPerational AMPlifiers/(analog amplification), ADCs
> > (Analog-to-Digital-Converter) and DACs?
> >
> > Thank you very much if you are kindly enough to answer.
> > (jose_rocha@yahoo.com)
> 
> There are two devices you might be interested in.  One is an MCU with
> programmable digital and analog blocks made by Cypress Semi.  This is
> not really an FPGA since they don't make it easy for you to design your
> own digital functions.  They used to, but they seem to have gone to a
> canned module approach where you have lots of standard functions to
> choose from.

 Did you see info that documented this ? - all I ever saw was 'marketing
arm waving'
and I was looking for better detail, on just what was SFR based, and
what was programmable logic in the true sense.


>  But I think the digital blocks are easier to work with
> than the analog blocks, so you might be able to do what you need.
> 
> The other chip is an FPAA (field programmable analog array).  This is an
> analog analog (pun intended) to digital FPGAs.  I don't know a lot about
> them, but a google search should tell you the maker(s) and you can read
> up.
> 
> AFAIK, there are no chips that combine programmable digital and analog
> functions on one chip.  

Well, none that do it with any performance....

The FPAAs I've seen have very poor analog numbers, and high prices.

Lattice have a power-sequencer device, that has a SPLD, and voltage
comparator / timers - but costs a lot more than a 16V8 and LM339's

STm have devices with uC + ADC / PWM and 16-32 Macrocell CPLDs

> The processing technologies are different enough
> that this would be a poor tradeoff and would be neither a good digital
> or a good analog chip.  Eventually when FPGAs have gotten dense enough
> that they are mostly overkill for many apps, they will sacrifice digital
> speed and density for the added features of built in analog functions.
> But don't hold your breath.  And don't expect the analog functions to be
> programmable, at least not at first.

 There are devices that combine uC+FLASH+PGA+24 bit ADCs/ 16 Bit DACS, 
that are impressive indications of what IS possible, but they 
come from very experienced ANALOG companies. 

-jg

Article: 61890
Subject: Re: Pass transistor logic in a FPGA
From: Jim Granville <jim.granville@designtools.co.nz>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 10:50:12 +1300
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
Nitin wrote:
> 
> Hi,
>     I am a graduate student of Auburn Univeristy doing my research in
> SoC testing. I am really an amateur in FPGAs and would like your help.
> I have a question, which I think you people can answer. For my
> research, I would like to implement a transmission gate into a FPGA.
> Can it be done? If yes could you tell me how?

 No, not in the true analog transmission gate sense, pin to pin.

You can get tinylogic SPST / SPDT  analog transmission gates
and drive those from your FPGA. 

 FPGAs can do Open Drain, so can switch to ground thru 'some ohms',
but that ground will be noisy. 
 In some apps, that may be enough.

 FPGAs also support JTAG boundary scan, for contact integrity
testing.

-jg

Article: 61891
Subject: Re: SpartanXL
From: Uwe Bonnes <bon@elektron.ikp.physik.tu-darmstadt.de>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 21:53:35 +0000 (UTC)
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
rickman <spamgoeshere4@yahoo.com> wrote:
: Peter, thanks, but we have had this conversation several times.  None of
: the Virtex or Spartan II devices can be used in this socket because of
: the high start up currents.  

For Spartan II the specifications for the startup current for recent silicon
has been revised some days ago. Do they still not meet your requirements?

Bye
-- 
Uwe Bonnes                bon@elektron.ikp.physik.tu-darmstadt.de

Institut fuer Kernphysik  Schlossgartenstrasse 9  64289 Darmstadt
--------- Tel. 06151 162516 -------- Fax. 06151 164321 ----------

Article: 61892
Subject: Re: Graphics rendering revisited
From: Jon Elson <jmelson@artsci.wustl.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 16:54:47 -0500
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>


Martin Euredjian wrote:

>One way to look at it might be from the point of view of resources, data
>rates, etc.  As you hike up in resolution/frame rate (say, 4K x 4K at 60
>frames per second, which is what I'm working on) you need some pretty
>massive frame store widths to be able to slow things down to where the
>processing is manageable.  I was looking into the idea of not having to add
>yet another frame buffer for something as "simple" as drawing very basic
>graphic primitives (let's just call them cursors used to mark things).  If
>this could be done in real time, as the actual display data is being output
>it would/could make an important difference in the design.
>
>  
>
Oh, if you just want to superimpose cursors, selection boxes, and things 
like that
onto a live video signal, I think that may be very easy to do without a 
frame buffer.
There are many systems that do this sort of thing, and have been doing 
it since
the 70's.

Jon


Article: 61893
Subject: Re: Universities that focus on IC design
From: Jon Elson <jmelson@artsci.wustl.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 16:59:32 -0500
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>


Brad Eckert wrote:

>Hi all,
>
>Could anyone tell me of universities in the US that are strong in IC
>design and/or DSP design?
>  
>
You might check with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  A 
guy there
is designing a VERY difficult mixed-signal IC for us, and he has done 
amazing
things!  He uses his grad students to help design and layout the chips, 
so he is
teaching while he does it.

Jon


Article: 61894
Subject: Re: How to program an XC5210
From: adam-exp1jan2004@cuddlepuddle.org (Adam)
Date: 14 Oct 2003 15:01:22 -0700
Links: << >>  << T >>  << A >>
I have to say I'm pretty disgruntled with Xilinx right now.  I've
talked to two people there so far, including a lengthy private email
exchange with Peter, and nobody seems to want to tell me how to do
this.  Peter was unable to suggest a single newer 5V part, and was
unwilling to tell me what tools can be used to program the older 5V
parts.

I'm beginning to look at other vendors; perhaps they support their
customers a bit better than that.

Peter Alfke <peter@xilinx.com> wrote in message news:<3F8C2262.633780A8@xilinx.com>...
> Adam, why do you want to use such an old device? Unless you have very
> special circumstances, it is best to throw away such old parts and
> design with and for newer devices like Virtex and Spartan.
> One year in the life of an FPGA equals 15 years in human life. That
> means your 5210  really belongs in the old folks' home.
> Rest assured that we still sell XC3000, 4000 and 5200 devices for
> replacement purposes. But we discourage new designs with them. Newer
> devices are so much better and cheaper, and supported by better software.
> 
> Peter Alfke
> ===============
> Adam wrote:
> > 
> > I have VHDL.  I want to create a bitfile for a Xilinx XC5210.
> > What tool(s?) do/can I use?
> > 
> > I have ISE webpack 6.1, but it does not seem to support this device.

Article: 61895
Subject: Re: Xilinx "Programming failed" message
From: Jon Elson <jmelson@artsci.wustl.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 17:02:58 -0500
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Patrick Robin wrote:

>Hello,
>
>I have been using Web ISE for over a year to program  Xilinx CPLDs
>XC9572XL
>
>Everything was working fine for hundreds of units until my computer
>crashed and I had to resinstall ISE. I now get a "Programming failed"
>error. Everything else seems to work as far as communicating with the
>chip using the parallel cable. Impact detects the chip, I can query
>the ID compute the checksum (zero) and erase it fine.
>
>But I get the "Programming failed error" when I try to program chips.
>I tried a number of brand new CPLDs. Is there a way to get more
>specific error messages. At this point there are many variables since
>I had to resintall Windows XP and ISE.
>  
>
You didn't change the computer, did you?  Some motherboard parallel port
chips do not work well AT ALL with the parallel cable III.  I have clearly
demonstrated it is the motherboard, as I can swap out the computer, 
using all
the other hardware exactly as it was, and get a perfect programming 
every time.
I think it is MB's with the UMC parallel port chip that have the problem.

Jon


Article: 61896
Subject: Re: How to program an XC5210
From: Peter Alfke <peter@xilinx.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 15:40:46 -0700
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In a total time-span of seven hours and 29 minutes we have not been able
to come up with a satisfying answer. Shame on us !
Peter Alfke
============================================
Adam wrote:
> 
> I have to say I'm pretty disgruntled with Xilinx right now.  I've
> talked to two people there so far, including a lengthy private email
> exchange with Peter, and nobody seems to want to tell me how to do
> this.  Peter was unable to suggest a single newer 5V part, and was
> unwilling to tell me what tools can be used to program the older 5V
> parts.
> 
> I'm beginning to look at other vendors; perhaps they support their
> customers a bit better than that.
> 
> Peter Alfke <peter@xilinx.com> wrote in message news:<3F8C2262.633780A8@xilinx.com>...
> > Adam, why do you want to use such an old device? Unless you have very
> > special circumstances, it is best to throw away such old parts and
> > design with and for newer devices like Virtex and Spartan.
> > One year in the life of an FPGA equals 15 years in human life. That
> > means your 5210  really belongs in the old folks' home.
> > Rest assured that we still sell XC3000, 4000 and 5200 devices for
> > replacement purposes. But we discourage new designs with them. Newer
> > devices are so much better and cheaper, and supported by better software.
> >
> > Peter Alfke
> > ===============
> > Adam wrote:
> > >
> > > I have VHDL.  I want to create a bitfile for a Xilinx XC5210.
> > > What tool(s?) do/can I use?
> > >
> > > I have ISE webpack 6.1, but it does not seem to support this device.

Article: 61897
Subject: USB Core (Japanese Version) Revisited ;o(
From: "SneakerNet" <nospam@nospam.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 12:02:09 +1300
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Hi All

Has anyone got this going fully (using the VB code from the site)? I'm still
stuck *wawawa*
Pls reply to this post..
Thanks ppl

Cheers



Article: 61898
Subject: Re: SpartanXL
From: Jim Granville <jim.granville@designtools.co.nz>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 12:57:38 +1300
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Uwe Bonnes wrote:
> 
> rickman <spamgoeshere4@yahoo.com> wrote:
> : Peter, thanks, but we have had this conversation several times.  None of
> : the Virtex or Spartan II devices can be used in this socket because of
> : the high start up currents.
> 
> For Spartan II the specifications for the startup current for recent silicon
> has been revised some days ago. Do they still not meet your requirements.

 Interesting. I see the Spartan IIE also had a tweak downwards,
and gained on dV/dT caveats.
 MAX static currents are still not nice.

-jg

Article: 61899
Subject: Re: Electronic Dice ( 3 die ) In VHDL
From: john_doebertson@yahoo.com (Chip)
Date: 14 Oct 2003 17:01:00 -0700
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How about using linear feedback shift registers instead of counters. 
I've never actually used one so someone correct me if I'm wrong.

They could be driven by a single clock.  They each could be
initialized with a different seed and could be long enough to run for
a long time before repeating.  They would still be coupled in the
respect that each time the electronic dice is powered up each shift
register will output the same pseudo random sequence. Then a roll
consists of registering some of the lfsr bits when the dice button is
released (the lsfr is still changing while the button is not pressed) 
Thus, if you could roll the dice at exactly the same times throughout
an entire game you would get the same (pseuorandom) sequence of dice
values. (But this would be highly unlikely)

lange360@hotmail.com (Amstel) wrote in message news:<56f7756d.0310140824.7d8fe744@posting.google.com>...
> Hi to all,
> 
> I'm trying to make an electronic dice (3 die). Basically the dice has
> 3 seven-segment displays and the 3 dice values will run randomly so
> that we would always get different values combinations. However I
> tried and was unable to write the program in VHDL .
> 
> I need help urgently ..
> Anyone know how to write the program ?
> 
> Thanks a lot :-)



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