You must first successfully synthesize and implement your design to create a bitstream image. Once the bitstream has been generated and all DRCs are analyzed and corrected, you can load bitstream onto the device using one of the following methods:
- Direct Programming
The bitstream is loaded directly to the device using a cable, processor, or custom solution.
- Indirect Programming
- The bitstream is loaded into an external flash memory. The flash memory then loads the bitstream into the device.
You can use the Vivado tools to accomplish the following:
- Create the bitstream (.bit or .rbt).
- Select to review the configuration settings for bitstream generation.
- Format the bitstream into flash programming files (.mcs).
- Program the device using either of the following methods:
Important: The Vivado Design Suite Device Programmer can use JTAG to read the Status register data on AMD devices. In case of a configuration failure, the Status register captures the specific error conditions that can help identify the cause of a failure. In addition, the Status register allows you to verify the Mode pin settings M[2:0] and the bus width detect. For details on the Status register, see the Configuration User Guide for your device.Tip: If configuration is not successful, you can use a JTAG readback/verify operation on the device to determine whether the intended configuration data was loaded correctly into the device.
- Directly program the device.
- Indirectly program the attached configuration flash
Flash devices are non-volatile devices and must be erased before programming. Unless a full chip erase is specified, only the address range covered by the assigned MCS is erased.