Xilinx released ISE 14.1 this week. Unfortunately Ubuntu is still not a supported OS platform. I have to go through the driver installation process again, but this time I documented what I did and hope it will be useful for Linux users of Xilinx design tools.
My 32 bit Ubuntu 10.04 VM is of version 2.6.32-38; ISE 14.1 is installed on a remote hfsplus mount. Since it is a virtual machine, I enabled X11 Forwarding via SSH on OS X host to allow GUI installation.
Install ISE 14.1
Install ISE 14.1 suite, including ISE, LabTools and SDK, without cable drivers. Run xsetup scripts as regular user. It took about 22 GB disk space on the remote mount.
Setup Environment, and Install Supporting Packages
The default Ubuntu shell is dash, a smaller but less feature-rich shell. I changed the shell to bash.
Point gmake to /usr/bin/make.
Some packages are required to compile driver:
Here’s my setup environment.
Build and Install Drivers
I followed the advice from George Smart:
Xilinx JTAG Linux
Here’s how I compiled and installed driver.
Connect FPGA Device via Platform Cable USB II
I’m using LX9 MicroBoard. There are 3 different ways connecting to JTAG.
|JTAG||USB Device ID||Cable Speed (MHz) or Clock Frequency(100,000Hz)|
|Platform Cable USB II||03fd:0008||6MHz|
|Digilent Onboard Plugin||1443:0007||4m Hz|
|Digilent HS1||0403:6010||10m Hz|
Here’s how I connected to FPGA.
Install Digilent Onboard Plugin Driver and Adept Driver for HS1
Here’s how to install Digilent drivers, and connect via Onboard Plugin port.
Connect FPGA Device via Digilent HS1
Connect to JTAG via HS1 is identical to Platform Cable.
Here’s how to use impact to connect, please notice JTAG clock frequency is listed.
I have a 64 bit Fedora 14 Desktop. Get the drivers built and installed is much more challenging. I will report back if I could get it work.