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 ====== Features and Overview ====== ====== Features and Overview ======
-===== Features ===== +The SDK implements FPGA Board specific functions in the firmware and allows to access them using the host software API.  
-The main features are:+These functions are: 
 +  * Firmware upload directly to the EZ-USB FX2 and FX3 Microcontrollers 
 +  * Access to SPI-Flash 
 +  * FX2: Access to EEPROM 
 +  * Firmware upload to EEPROM (FX2) and Flash (FX3) 
 +  * FX2: Access to microSD/*SD/MMC Flash cards in SPI mode 
 +  * FX3S: Access to SD card (SDIO and other functions usable with the Cypress SDK) 
 +  * Bitstream upload directly to the FPGA 
 +  * Bitstream upload to Flash memory 
 +  * Automatic Bitstream loading from Flash during start-up 
 +  * MAC-EEPROM support, used to store configuration data
-  * Firmware Kit (for EZ-USB Microcontrollers) is written in C (requires SDCC compiler). +A more detailed feature description can be found on the [[|ZTEX Homepage]]. 
-  * Firmware is assembled using a powerful [[en:software:compilation:bmp| macro processor]] which allows to specify all required settings by a few macrosThe necessary USB descriptors and the descriptor handling routines are generated automatically. +
-  * Host software API is written in Java and allows platform independent host software. It is possible to pack all necessary files (libusb libraries, firmware, bitstream) into one single jar archive which runs on both, Linux and Windows (and other OS's that support libusb and Java) +
-  * Licensed as Open Source under GPLv3 +
-  * Main functions of the Firmware Kit / Java API are: +
-    * Firmware upload directly into the EZ-USB Microcontroller +
-    * Access to EEPROM memory +
-    * Firmware upload to EEPROM +
-    * Access to microSD/*SD/MMC Flash cards in SPI mode +
-    * Bitstream upload directly to the FPGA (for ZTEX USB-FPGA-Modules) +
-    * Bitstream upload to Flash memory and autonomous FPGA configuration using Bitstream from Flash memory (for ZTEX USB-FPGA-Modules)+
-===== SDK overview ===== +An overview about the usage of the different parts of the ZTEX EZ-USB SDK is given by the following diagram.
-The following diagram gives an overview about the usage of the different parts of the ZTEX EZ-USB SDK+
- +
-{{:en:software:ztex_firmware_kit-diagram.png|}} +
- +
-The firmware of the EZ-USB device is developed using the Firmware Development Kit. It can be uploaded either by a utility which is a part of the SDK or by the host software itself using the Java API. +
- +
-The host software usually consists of a single jar archive which contains +
- +
-  * all necessary Java bytecode; +
-  * the libusb Java wrapper libraries for Linux ( and Windows (libusbJava.dll), which are statically linked against libusb (no libusb installation required); +
-  * the firmware for the EZ-USB device (unless not installed in EEPROM); +
-  * Bitstream for the FPGA (if required). +
- +
-This single jar archive runs on both, Linux and Windows (or other OS's that support libusb and Java). +
- +
-On Linux this jar archive has no additional software requirements. The libusb(Java) library communicates directly with the EZ-USB device using kernel routines. +
- +
-On Windows a libusb driver is required. (This driver is a part of the ZTEX SDK package). The libusb(Java) library communicates with the EZ-USB device using that driver. +
- +
-===== Other programming languages ===== +
- +
-Devices with ZTEX firmware can be accessed easily with all programming languages for which a libusb port exists. But unlike Java, then there are no routines for uploading the firmware and the bitstream available so that the FWLoader included in the SDK has to be used. +
- +
-An example can be found in the SDK and on the [[en:projects:usb_fpga-1.2_ucecho#c_host_softwareucechoc|examples page]].+
 +{{:en:software:ztex_firmware_kit-diagram2.png|ZTEX SDK overview}}
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