When using the XABEL software with Alliance software packages, (ie, Viewlogic, Mentor, etc), is it necessary to fully install the Foundation software as well?
While the XABEL software for M1 is officially only sold with the Foundation software, it is possible to install the XABEL software as a stand-alone package and run it from the command line for use with other Alliance interfaces. Installing the full Foundation software will give you a better interface and GUI to use with XABEL. For complete instructions on installing the XABEL software (including Foundation, if desired), see (Xilinx Solution 2951).
After the XABEL software has been installed from the Foundation F1.3 Implelmentation Tools CD, the necessary executables will be placed in the $xilinx\bin\nt directory.
Abl2edif.exe is a DOS program. It may be run from the command line as follows:
The command line: abl2edif <options> Design.abl
-h print usage message. -a <family> the option for the first numeric of the xilinx part family. Supported family numerics are: 7 for XC7000, 9 for XC9500, others for FPGA families. default is 9.
-o <output file> the option for the the name of the output edif file. Default is <module name>.edn -s <strateg> The option for the conversion strategy. Supported strategies are mod, and top. mod: output a module level design (macro) top: output a complete design with I/O pads. Default is mod. -f <paramfile> the option for reading in of command arguments from the specified file.
All the options will be displayed by typing: abl2edif -helpall.