Writings on high-performance digital design by Jeff Johnson, maker of the Ethernet FMC and other FPGA solutions.

Bye bye Platform Cable USB II, Hello JTAG HS3

Bye bye Platform Cable USB II, Hello JTAG HS3

Now that I think about it, I’ve been using my Xilinx Platform Cable USB II for 10 years now!!! That’s a terrific run in my opinion, I got it in a kit for the Virtex-5 ML505 board in 2006 and I would have kept using it if I didn’t start getting these strange error messages recently. So from a recommendation, I got myself a JTAG HS3 from Digilent and it is just ridiculously better. As you can see from the photo, it’s much smaller although some people might see that as a down-side because it’s easier to lose… I don’t know.. for me, the real advantage is that it is so much faster than the Platform cable. I like tools that don’t make me wait, because my time is important and I have no patience for that moment when I’m waiting for the bitstream to download and I need to know whether my design changes are going to work or not. This tool rocks!

Jeff holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney, and has more than a decade of experience in electronic and FPGA design. He has worked for design houses in Australia and Canada developing electronic products for a wide range of industries and markets. Jeff now works as an electronic design consultant and offers electronic and FPGA design services through his company Opsero.

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Bye bye Platform Cable USB II, Hello JTAG HS3

Bye bye Platform Cable USB II, Hello JTAG HS3

Now that I think about it, I’ve been using my Xilinx Platform Cable USB II for 10 years now!!! That’s a terrific run in my opinion, I got it in a kit for the Virtex-5 ML505 board in 2006 and I would have kept using it if I didn’t start getting these...
FMC for Connecting an SSD to an FPGA

FMC for Connecting an SSD to an FPGA

Here’s a first look at the FMC version of the FPGA Drive product, featured with the Samsung VNAND 950 Pro SSD. The FMC version can carry M-keyed M.2 modules for PCI Express and is designed to support up to 4-lanes. It has a HPC FMC connector which can be used on...
Multi-port Ethernet in PetaLinux

Multi-port Ethernet in PetaLinux

Many FPGA-based embedded designs require connections to multiple Ethernet devices such as IP cameras, and control of those devices under an operating system, typically Linux. The development of such applications can be accelerated through the use of development boards...
FPGA Drive Board Bring-up

FPGA Drive Board Bring-up

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A first peek at FPGA Drive

A first peek at FPGA Drive

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