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Question on Xilinx VirtexPro II FPGA chip... please

Started by Mark Levitski October 15, 2004
I'd appreciate if someone could answer a few questions below:  If you reply 
by email, REMOVE "SPAMNOMORE" in capital letters repeated in my address 
twice (edit address manually)!!!

We ordered "Xilinx Virtex-Pro II" development kit, your answers will NOT 
change buying decisions - it�s already here, we need to know:
1. Is it possible to put either Linux or Nucleus RTOS into this chip memory, 
to my knowledge your chip includes two PowerPC's and we intend to use it as 
a host?  Note we need to know if either OS can be loaded, not both, we will 
experiment with Linux and then Nucleus RTOS (Nucleus RTOS is Realtime 
Operating System from AcceleratedTechnology/MentorGraphics Corporation, for 
Xilinx FPGA's embedded design).

2. If yes, when Linux or Nucleus RTOS is loaded, will we get communications 
stack and drivers for IEEE 802.11 in ad-hoc mode (this as any EE Engineer 
knows is a wireless LAN standard)?

3. If yes, then we'll purchase a standard IEEE 802.11 card, can this card be 
plugged into your development kit port?  From what I gathered from my 
professor, he intends to plug this card into your "serial port", but seems 
strange to me.

4. Maybe you can suggest additional Xilinx products to use in our IEEE 
802.11 wireless communications project (ad-hoc mode)?

VirtexPro II development kit is already here and I was asked to research the 
above information to start design.

Thanks for your time. 


Mark Levitski wrote:
> I'd appreciate if someone could answer a few questions below: If you reply > by email, REMOVE "SPAMNOMORE" in capital letters repeated in my address > twice (edit address manually)!!! > > We ordered "Xilinx Virtex-Pro II" development kit, your answers will NOT > change buying decisions - it�s already here, we need to know: > 1. Is it possible to put either Linux or Nucleus RTOS into this chip memory, > to my knowledge your chip includes two PowerPC's and we intend to use it as > a host? Note we need to know if either OS can be loaded, not both, we will > experiment with Linux and then Nucleus RTOS (Nucleus RTOS is Realtime > Operating System from AcceleratedTechnology/MentorGraphics Corporation, for > Xilinx FPGA's embedded design). > > 2. If yes, when Linux or Nucleus RTOS is loaded, will we get communications > stack and drivers for IEEE 802.11 in ad-hoc mode (this as any EE Engineer > knows is a wireless LAN standard)? > > 3. If yes, then we'll purchase a standard IEEE 802.11 card, can this card be > plugged into your development kit port? From what I gathered from my > professor, he intends to plug this card into your "serial port", but seems > strange to me. > > 4. Maybe you can suggest additional Xilinx products to use in our IEEE > 802.11 wireless communications project (ad-hoc mode)? > > VirtexPro II development kit is already here and I was asked to research the > above information to start design. > > Thanks for your time. > >
You will need to add MMU to PPC for running linux on Xilinx Virtex-Pro II ! not trivial ! uclinux run well on "Xilinx Virtex-Pro II" Larry
Mark Levitski wrote:

> We ordered "Xilinx Virtex-Pro II" development kit, your answers will NOT > change buying decisions - it�s already here, we need to know:
It would help, if you would tell us, which board you got ...
Laurent Gauch wrote:

> You will need to add MMU to PPC for running linux on Xilinx Virtex-Pro > II ! not trivial !
Why ? It is already there, the PPC core is just a ibm 405 thingy. And, it runs linux for quite a while already ...
> uclinux run well on "Xilinx Virtex-Pro II"
As does linux. You're probably mixing up the MicroBlaze and PowerPC ?
E.S. wrote:
> Laurent Gauch wrote: > >> You will need to add MMU to PPC for running linux on Xilinx Virtex-Pro >> II ! not trivial ! > > > Why ? It is already there, the PPC core is just a ibm 405 thingy. > And, it runs linux for quite a while already ... > >> uclinux run well on "Xilinx Virtex-Pro II" > > > As does linux. > > You're probably mixing up the MicroBlaze and PowerPC ? > >
Yes you right. Please sorry it.
Thanks to all you wonderful people, I will get Xilinx/board part# from 
professor on Monday or so... no one can tell until weekend is over ( his 
office phone not responding). 


XILINX VirtexProII-based ML300 and ML310 boards (we have both), part# as 
follows:

a) UW-V2P-ML310 - US version, embedded/development platform?  It may be 'HW" 
in front of this part# and not "UW"
and
b) DO-V2P-ML300 - US version, evaluation/development kit (EDK 6.2I)


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It would help, if you would tell us, which board you got ... 


Both ML300 and ML310 boards, EDK kits.