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- Who is Xilinx? http://www.xilinx.com/
- What FPGAs do they offer? http://www.xilinx.com/products/silicon-devices/fpga/index.htm
- Papilio is a development platform we have been experimenting with to get our feet with the Spartan 3E. Here is a link to our wiki page on it.
There is a gigantic development environment you have to download and set up to get started. The Papilio folks also have some instructions. Be not afraid, here's what to do:
- Download the Windows installers here and follow the instructions
- Download the Linux installers here
- Yea you're going to have to get an account with Xilinx, sorry. It's free at least.
- Full Installer for Linux, be prepared it's about a 5.6GB download.
- Extract the downloaded archive into it's own directory then from the command line type:
- TODO: any options that you should do that are different from default (I don't think there are any)
- TODO: any 64-bit gotchas, keep track when Abe does his install
- May need to apt-get some dependencies in the process, list an appropriate apt-get install one-liner here.
- Setting up the license is a huge PitA. First you'll click a button that generates an HTML file on your hard drive. Open it in a browser and it will send you on an odyssey through forms and eventually an email you will receive with a license file that you can load to get through installation.