Xilinx GUI

The XACTstep Design Manager (XDM) IDE is the officially supported workflow. Launched by either using xdm (5.x) or dsgnmgr (6.x) depending on your version.

Sample Makefile (XNF to bitstream)

As tools don't report error codes to the OS the most reliable way to know if a tool ran is to see if the file actually got updated. The easiest way to do that is to clean them and check to see if they actually got created.

.PHONY: all

	$(MAKE) clean
	xnfmap sb.xnf SB.MAP
	test -f SB.MAP

	map2lca SB.MAP SB.LCA
	test -f SB.LCA

	test -f SBAPR.LCA

	makebits -v SBAPR.LCA
	test -f SBAPR.BIT
.PHONY: clean
	rm -f *.CRF *.LCA *.MAP *.PBK *.PGF *.SCP *.BIT *.MBO *.RPT *.RBT *.MSK *.log



Workflow is managed by the XACT Design Manager (XDM).


Workflow is managed by XDE (Xilinx Design Environment?). I have version 6.0.1 which also seems to include some of the 5.2.1 tools. In fact, it looks like its mostly a better GUI over the 5.X tools with their versions still 5.x as seen in the above GUI shot. I haven't seen EditLCA which was presumably in the original 5.x tools. The Viewlogic Workview Office toolbar is visible in the upper right hand corner.

General notes

OS support

I found that GUI and command line tools ran on Win98SE with no problems. Only command line / DOS tools (including DOS based GUIs) ran on WinXP Pro SP2. This is more or less confirmed by Xilinx's FAQ below. As I didn't really care about the GUI tools anyway it didn't bother me.

Excerpt from "XACTstep 6.0.1 - What operating systems (OS) are supported by the XACT step 6.0.1 software release?"

Although not supported, XACT Step 6.0.1/5.2.1 has been found to work on the both Windows 95 and Windows 98 with the following known issues.

1) A pair of message boxes that appear when the Design Manager is opened. The first box titled “Unknown File System Found” explains how the Design Manager does not recognize the FAT32. This box can be closed. A second message box with the same title also appears, but cannot be closed. Minimize this box and use the Design Manager as usual. The message box will close when the Design Manager is closed. These messages are harmless.

2) On some Win95B / Win98 systems, users have been unable to change families during the Translate phase or use the pulldown menus in the Design Manager. There is no known workaround for these problems, short of reinstalling with the older version of Windows 95.

3) When closing Design Manager, there is always an OLE error that comes up - This can be ignored (click OK)

4) On some Win98 machines, XACT hangs during the translate stage. The hang will persist until any application (e.g. open reports, realplay, wordpad doc, notepad doc, etc…) is closed.

On Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP the XACT executables run from command line but the GUIs do not work.

xilinx/xactstep/start.txt · Last modified: 2013/11/01 23:22 by mcmaster
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