Seemed like a good deal, but the board was only around for purchase a few months, so I guess there aren't to many around ? Thats a shame, really ! It is as far as I can tell a good board, It has a good an powerfull FPGA; Spartan 3-1500 and enough power to fullfill the requirements of my masters degree. But the board are no longer available ? I was kind'a hoping draining knowledge from other users of this board...
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Well, I've checked it out now, and I have downloaded all this stuff before, so nothing new. In fact, I had to make my own "master" UCF-file for this board. Maybe there are some hidden treasures in the EDK files, but I'm only using ISE.
And Xilinx does not offer any customer support either.
What about the ML401. It's about the same price. You get a Virtex 4 instead of the Spartan 3. The peripherals look about the same. The LX25 is a little smaller than the S3-1500, but not tons smaller and it's still supported by webpack.
Well, Austin deare, I did not meen to be rude, but when I buy hardware for about $400, it would be very nice to have an e-mail address to post simple questions, an get some answers to. Thats not to much to ask for.
It's kind'a like the ultimatium the US ambassador in Norway has given us: Either you are with us, or you are against us ! (He IS a fool !)
I would not put it quite like that, I would say; I you dont offer propper support, you will loose me as a customer. Maybe you'll regret that some time. Remenber the first days of The Beatles ?
I'll always manage. I'll just switch to one of Xilinxs competitors.
1: Xilinx does not offer any customer support.
2: Xilinx does not offer any customer support.
3: Xilinx does not offer any customer support.
I'ts impossiblle to get hold of the guys ! Even simple guestion ! NO saupport e-mail. NO support phone ? What am I supposed to do ? Write a letter to Georg Dobbeltv Busk ?
Maybe thats a good idea ! That way I can tell him what a crappy ambassador he has sent us ! I want the old one back. He understood the close relatisonship between our to nations. The new one, with his speaches about chosing sides, will only feed the left wing and communists. USA should never need to question our loyalti, but when the US ambassador does that in a public speech, I feel hurt, and I know most Norwegians does. Thats why I call him a fool.
What exactly are you trying to learn beyond what can be gleaned from the datasheets and schematics? If you have the schematics, then you can create the UCF. You also have the part numbers for all the board devices, so you can download the datasheets if they aren't included.
different story, but I haven't messed with that yet)
I wrote my own UCF for the Spartan 3E "sample pack" board, which admittedly isn't as complex as the board you have, but it's not difficult. This was my first experience with Xilinx devices, so I had a few problems with the UCF format (specifically, forgetting to put 'p' in front of the pin numbers) but I was able to get a working top-level VHDL and UCF files pretty quick.
Besides, I find going through the schematics to be helpful anyway. It gets you familiar with the parts on the board, how they are connected, and any limitations or gotcha's. For example, I discovered that 2 of the 8 signal lines for MA1-DATA bus on the Spartan 3E sample pack boards are INPUT ONLY! (Who knows what the designers were thinking when there are exactly two unused GPIO lines left unused on the board...) I also discovered that the upper 8 bits of the 16-bit FLASH data bus are input-only as well.
Now that I know that, I can make better decisions about I/O mapping.
I totally agree with you ! I have gone throug all of that, but there is an error in the schematics. And there is now way I can get support on this issue, no email support, noe phone support.. I am totally pissed off by Xilinx, if they dont straighten up i'll cut them lose and left them drift away..forever.