This is a small post about installing Diamond 3.7 64bit on Ubuntu 15.10.
Data communication In order to achieve high speed communication you need to use a serial link. Beside costs parallel data becomes to difficult to handle due to clock skews. Xilinx published an interesting book: High-Speed Serial I/O Made Simple. Even if you don’t plan to use and implement Gigabit channels, the techniques covered are essential […]
Xilinx still produce Spartan 3E, 3A and 6 FPGAs. They will be probably sold for the next then years. They are cheap and good. Despite this if you want to use them in a new design you may end up with a lot of trouble. The problem is on the software side!
Xilinx developed Vivado design suite for its 7 series FPGA, for older models you still need to use ISE. I’m using ISE 14.7 webpack edition, which is free and Ubuntu 15.10. The board is the Spartan-3E FPGA Starter Kit Board with a Xilinx XC3S500E FPGA and a bunch of peripherals (it’s the model with the […]