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AR# 51145

Design Advisory - 14.2 iMPACT - Indirect Programming on Virtex-6 causes tool to crash without warning

Description


When using the Indirect programming flows in iMPACT 14.2 on Virtex-6 FPGA, you can see the tool crash without warning. This can occur for BPI or SPI programming. You will see that the flash can be added in the GUI, and when an operation is selected you will see messages that the core is loading in the core:

INFO:iMPACT - Downloading core file
C:/Xilinx/14.2/ISE_DS/ISE/virtex6/data/xc6vlx240t_jbpi.cor.
'2': Downloading core...
done.
INFO:iMPACT:2218 - Error shows in the status register, release done bit is NOT 1.
INFO:iMPACT:2219 - Status register values:
INFO:iMPACT - 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
'2': BPI access core not detected. BPI access core will be downloaded to the
device to enable operations.
INFO:iMPACT - Downloading core file
C:/Xilinx/14.2/ISE_DS/ISE/virtex6/data/xc6vlx240t_jbpi.cor.
'2': Downloading core...
done.
INFO:iMPACT:2218 - Error shows in the status register, release done bit is NOT 1.
INFO:iMPACT:2219 - Status register values:
INFO:iMPACT - 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000

This will be followed by a pop-up stating: "_impact.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close." The Flash operations will not complete.

Solution

iMPACT versions prior to 14.2 do not exhibit this issue. To work around the issue in iMPACT 14.2, install the patch attached to this Answer Record. Installation instructions are included in the patch. This issue is resolved in iMPACT 14.3 and will not require a patch for that release.





51145.zip
AR# 51145
Date Created 08/09/2012
Last Updated 08/21/2012
Status Active
Type Design Advisory
Devices
  • Virtex-6
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Tools
  • ISE Design Suite - 14.2
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