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> Does the Starter Kit from Xilinx contain the JTAG
> for me to use? I believe I would only use the
> development board for it's hobbist friendliness and
> it's smaller kit board for some projects.
At one time the ones made by Digelent came with a clone of the old
parallel port JTAG cable. Works if you have a parallel port but a bit
on the slow side for programming big parts. Also uses a larger header.
The USB cable or Parallel Cable IV is a good investment.
Yes you can do this but you will still need a relatively large
non-volatile storage device unless you plan on booting through some
other communication stream (RS232, USB, ethernet, etc) while connected
to a PC. Adding the serial EEPROMs for the FPGAs is not a big deal.
Cheap parts. Can be in-system programed via the above mentioned
I've worked on systems were we had both EEPROM and the ability to
reprogram the FPGAs from a processor (happened to be a DSP). Worked
great for field upgrades since the DSP was already talking to a monitor
port and could reprogram its FLASH.
Several app notes on Xilinx's site about microcontroller booting, using
a CPLD to boot and other fun stuff.
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