Platform Cable USB II


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Device Family Support

  • Artix-7
  • Zynq-7000
  • Kintex-7
  • Virtex-7
  • Virtex-6
  • Virtex-5 FX
  • Virtex-5 LX
  • Virtex-5 SX
  • Virtex-4
  • Virtex-II Pro
  • Virtex-II
  • Virtex-E
  • Virtex
  • Spartan-6
  • Spartan-3A
  • Spartan-3A DSP
  • Spartan-3AN
  • Spartan-3E
  • Spartan-3
  • Spartan-II
  • Spartan-IIE
  • Spartan
  • CoolRunner-II
  • CoolRunner XPLA3
  • Platform FLASH
  • XC18Vxx Series
  • XC9500
  • XC9500XL
  • XC9500 XV


  • Windows XP Professional (32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows 2000 Professional
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3.0 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4.0 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 5.0 (32 and 64-bit)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Linux 10.0 (32 and 64-bit)

Xilinx is now offering its second generation Pb-Free (RoHS compliant) USB compatible cable for in-circuit configuration and programming of all Xilinx devices.

The Platform Cable USB II provides integrated firmware to deliver high-performance, reliable and user-friendly configuration of Xilinx FPGAs and programming of Xilinx PROM and CPLD devices. The Platform Cable USB II cable optimizes direct programming of third-party SPI flash memory devices and indirect programming of SPI or parallel NOR flash memory devices via the FPGA JTAG port. In addition, Platform Cable USB II is a cost effective tool for debugging embedded software and firmware when used with Xilinx applications such as the Embedded Development Kit and ChipScope™ Pro Analyzer.

Platform Cable USB II is an upgrade to and backwards compatible with Platform Cable USB. It has industry-leading performance and is compatible with Full Speed (USB 1.1) and Hi-Speed (USB 2.0) ports.

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Key Features

  • High-performance FPGA configuration and PROM/CPLD programming
    • Includes innovative FPGA-based acceleration firmware encapsulated in a small form factor pod attached to the cable
    • Supports JTAG and Slave-Serial programming topologies
    • Firmware downloadable over cable
  • Easy to use
    • Fully integrated and optimized for use with Xilinx iMPACT software
    • Intuitive multiple cable management from a single application
    • Compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems
    • Automatically senses and adapts to target I/O voltage
    • Interfaces to devices operating at 5V (TTL), 3.3V (LVCMOS), 2.5V, 1.8V and 1.5V
    • Bus-powered USB device (no power supply required)
    • Flyleads compatible
    • Target power status LED
    • Firmware updates are transparent to the user
  • Reliable
    • Backwards compatibility with Platform Cable USB, including Pb-Free (RoHS-compliant)
    • USB Integrators Forum (USB-IF) certified
    • CE and FCC compliant
    • Leverages industry standards, including JTAG Boundary-Scan IEEE 1149.1, SPI and USB 2.0
    • Compatible with Full-Speed and Hi-Speed USB ports
    • Programs and configures all Xilinx devices**
  • Third-party PROM device programming support
    • Directly programs selected Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) flash memory devices
    • Indirectly programs selected SPI or parallel flash memory devices via FPGA JTAG port
    • Highly optimized for use with Xilinx design tools - ISE® Foundation™ Software, Embedded Development Kit, ChipScope Pro Analyzer and System Generator for DSP.
  • Pb-Free (RoHS-compliant)
  • Recommended for prototyping use only

** Note: Xilinx iMPACT software is required for programming and configuration