When installing the Xtreme DSP kit, the installation instructions state the following:
Step 3: Install the Xilinx System Generator Development tools.
Step 4: Select and Install a Synthesis tool from Mentor or Synplicity.
(FPGA Advantage or Synplify)
However, the specific instructions for System Generator state the following:
Following is a list of product dependencies for the System Generator. You must have the following software installed on your computer before you can install the System Generator:
MATLAB R12 from The MathWorks (Install Step 2)
Simulink v3.0 from The MathWorks (Install Step 2)
The Xilinx Foundation ISE Design Tools (Install Step 1)
The Xilinx IP update #2 (Found on ISE CD) Follow the ISE installation instructions
Synplify 6.1 from Synplicity (Install Step 4)
FPGA Advantage 4.0 from Mentor (Install Step 4)
ModelSim - MXE (Xilinx only ModelSim) on Foundation ISE CD or part of the FPGA Advantage tools
In this synthesis tool installation, is FPGA Advantage or Synplify needed before I install System Generator? Should I perform Step 4 prior to Step 3?
The steps enumerated for the installation are correct: perform Step 3 followed by Step 4. The software dependencies for System Generator are misleading; it is not necessary to have a synthesis tool installed prior to installing System Generator. However, a synthesis tool is necessary to run the System Generator flow. Consequently, once you have completed Step 3, continue on with Step 4.