2.9. Loading FPGA and PLD images

This section describes the format of the board files and how to use the progcards utilities to load images from the supplied CD into the baseboard and Logic Tile FPGAs and PLDs. The general procedure to load an image is:

  1. Follow the instructions in the Versatile CD Installation Guide to install the software and data files on your hard disk.

  2. Set up the baseboard and Core Tile as described in Setting up the baseboard.

  3. Connect RealView ICE (or Multi-ICE) to the JTAG connector or use a USB cable to connect to the USB debug port as described in Connecting JTAG debugging equipment.


    If you are using Multi-ICE, you must start Multi-ICE server and load an appropriate configuration file.

    Progcards for USB or RealView ICE always uses auto-configuration.

  4. Place the baseboard in configuration mode (Config switch ON) and power on the development system.

  5. Locate the board file (.brd ) that matches your configuration, see Board files.


    The baseboard is shipped with a test image for a CT926EJ-S Core Tile in the FPGA configuration flash. You must load a new FPGA image into the configuration flash before you can use the baseboard. Refer to the application note for your system configuration for specific instructions. If you change the type of Core Tile, you must load new images and a new Boot Monitor for that tile.

    The image file for your configuration also includes a Boot Monitor image for NOR flash. You can also load the Boot Monitor code separately without reloading the FPGA and PLD images, see Loading Boot Monitor into NOR flash.

  6. Run the progcards utility and load the image files into the FPGAs, see Upgrading your hardware. The board file selects the image files to load. Board files have a .brd extension.

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