To learn VHDL and FPGAs, I bought a number of boards, one of them being this one:
It's a Altera cyclone IV with 16 Mbit of serial flash (M25P16/EPSC16) to store the configuration file.
Next to that, I have a USB Blaster.
Now, I am able to create a "blinky" test design and program the device using the "jtag" programming mode, but -of course- in this senario the configuration is lost after a reset or power-cycle.
Can somebody explain how exactly to program this device so that the configuration is stored inthe serial flash device?
Sofar, I found that
- in the programmer, you can add a flash-device to the fpga chip
- there are things called "secundary programing files" and there is an option "convert programming files" under the "files"-menu.
But, for the rest, the more I read quarus help website, the less I understand this all. The number of files and options there exists only seams to go up and -as we say in dutch- it's become very hard to see the forest through the trees. :-(
Can somebody give a little more information what exactly I need for this? Exactly what file do I need to create?
Any help is welcome!
Cheerio! Kr. Bonne