Running Linux on the Microblaze/Evaluation board

FLE Fusion

See here: FLE Fusion uCLinux Spartan 3E-500 Microblaze Reference Design.

The installation is straightforward (from binary images) following the documentation. Essentially, this is:

  • Download the 'SP3E Pre-Built Fusion Files'. This contains essentially the files bootme4linux.bin, download.bit, uboot.hex.
  • Load the FPGA with download.bit using Impact (this can be converted into an MCS file using Impact) which can be flashed into the XCF04S memory)
  • Connect (using a straight-through serial cable) to the DCE port of the board, start hyperterminal
  • Download uboot.hex via the serial port (into the Intel strata flash memory), execute it
  • Configure the network parameters on the board, start the TFTP server to serve the file bootme4linux.bin.
  • transfer bootme4linux.bin to the board (via ethernet) which is then written to the flash.
  • reboot the board and login from the serial console or using telnet.

For some reasons, I could not get the dhcpcd (DHCP client daemon) to send out any packet on the ethernet...


See also the Petalogix developer forum page. Looks like one has to build everything from sources and that one is not allowed to distribute binary images.

Installing linux under Windows

  • download a distribution from here (I chose Fedora 9 image)

-- AndreHolzner - 10 Oct 2008

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