Question on Xilinx VirtexProII PCMCIA support (FPGA boards)... please

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I posted here before and got excellent responses, could you knowledgeable
people also answer a simple questuion below?  If you reply by email, REMOVE
"SPAMNOMORE" in capital letters repeated in my address twice (edit address
manually)!!


We need to make sure Xilinx VirtexProII FPGA boards have a PCMCIA interface
(hardware) and software support, and whether inteface is a regular one
usable with standard IEEE802.11 cards (WIRELESS LAN modules).  The two
boards (need info for BOTH!!) are:
ML 300 and ML310
One is just a board another is a complete development kit, I am not sure
yet.

I did contact Xilinx first, but here's what happened:
At first Xilinx engineers said PCMCIA is not supported, but then came back
to me saying this:
ML300 board: the PCMCIA supported, whereas PCI is supported only with much
more effort on our side.  ML310 board: The opposite (i.e. the PCI is
supported, while the PCMCIA is not fully supported.)
Thus we're completely confused and need to double check these answers,
before comitting time/money.  I CAN"T CONTACT THEM ANYMORE FOR THE SAME
QUESTION AS MY XILINX PERSONAL ID HAS ALREADY BEEN USED FOR THE SAME
QUESTION, I'd appreciate if you help.



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Do you mean PCMCIA or Cardbus? All modern 802.11b cards are Cardbus,
which is essentially a removable flavor of PCI (yes, yes, I know it's
not that simple).

Re: Question on Xilinx VirtexProII PCMCIA support (FPGA boards)... please
I am not sure, could you tell us whether it indeed supports Cardbuss flavor
of PCMCIA, "regular" PCMCIA only, or PCI slots only?
On both hardware (available ports) and software (BIOS/firmware, etc.)
support.

Xilinx documentation is feedingt me with conflicting answers - sometimes it
makes impression PCI is fully supported but PCMCIA not, then the opposite
PCMCIA is full support and PCI requires effort on "or side"?

The GOAL IS TO GO BUY A REGULAR/CHEAP IEEE802.11 PCMCIA CARD, PLUG AND ABLE
TO TALK TO OTHER BOARDS WITHOUT GARGANTUAN EFFORT ON OUR SIDE (IEEE802.11 as
you all know is WirelessLAN standard); the OperatingSystem for this project
is no problem, but our problem is these two boards themseves if they can
worjk with wireless LAN preferrably by using PCMCIA cards from a store.



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So, if your main point of concern is to use of-the-shelf wlan components, why
not use USB? That would even give yout the choice to use either wlan or
bluetooth, provided your OS supports that. USB needs much fewer I/O-Lines and IP
cores can be found e.g. at Xilinx or at opencores.org. Or you can use one of the
many USB interface chips like those from Cypress. You would need an extra IC
beside the FPGA anyway, at least for the USB PHY.

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