I also put this question under the IDE Software topic, but seeing as how IDE is dead, I’m starting a new thread here on the hardware side. New user here. I’m not new to FPGAs, RTL, etc. I am new to home user simple project boards – and have my first one in the form of a miniSpartan6+. I have ISE installed, a full design implemented (coded, synthesized, placed, fitted, routed, passing all timing checks, image built, hardware constructed with my I/O, USB connected to my Windows7, powered up with LEDs on), but now I need to download the bit file to the Flash……. now I’m stuck. I see old references to IDE, but that’s apparently a dead end. I see downloads of xc3sprog for Linux, but I’m not going to build a Linux box just to play with this FPGA kit. There are some old references to a Windows version of xc3sprog, but those links are now dead and Google can’t find any recent links thereto. So, my basic question is how do I download the bit file into the miniSpartan6+ board using a Windows 7 box? I’m not a software jock, so I don’t follow a lot of the discussions around on all different builds, dlls, etc. Looking for a straight forward .exe that recognizes my USB connection to the board. Help, please!
It works! But now, part II: how do I get the FPGA to write the bit file into the Flash such that I don’t
need to pump the image through xc3sprog each time? I’d like the miniSpartan6+ to now run standalone – just
power up, pump and start running my project. Thanks!