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FPGA : How to implement Picoblaze running on Spartan-III board

Written by :  Ataya P
Date : 31 March 2007

Introduction
    Hi !! everyone who has interest in Embedded Systems Technology.I 'm just a newbie around here  but I really want to share my experiences  that I just found out by my  DIY testing. Please  don't blame me if  you burning something wrong with my suggestion here. Ha ha *\(^_^)/*



Before cooking
     Ok.First of all. We need some ingredients  for making this project work. Here is a list
 - Hardware
    PC : my  PC is desknote VIA cpu 500 MHz RAM 256MByte
              Window 2000 --little bit slow.( I prefer to use Linux but
               I can't  run ISE(with JTAG support) on  that  OS. That's pity (ToT) ) 
    FPGA board : I use FPGA discovery-III XC3S200 from
                         Ailogic technology Thailand with has
                         Spartan-III 200,000 gates and JTAG cable for
                         downloading BIT file.
- Software
   ISE version 6 up for building VHDL Picoblaze code.
   pBlazeIDE for making assembly code runing on Picoblaze.
   Picoblaze sourcecode for usingNow<Spartan-III (download freely from Xilinx website)

Making time
   
After installed all softwares that we need. Just open ISE and create a new  project name Picoblaze (you can use any name that you want) then copy picoblaze VHDL  source code that you download from Xilinx website to the project directory then add all VHDL files to  ISE project source. ISE will show file association and you will know that we still need prog_rom component
   Ok.What is prog_rom component ? It is a ROM code for executed picoblaze mpu. This component can generated by 2 ways (As I know) First, using Xilinx assembler that attach with picoblaze VHDL source code by writing PSM code (assembly code for picoblaze) and assembly it. the Other way is using pBlazeIDE (the easy way for me) to writting PSM file and assembly it. Anyway the format of PSM in pBlazeIDE and Xilinx assembler is not the same format. You should be careful about this.
     So,Just making PSM source code with pBlazeIDE and generated .VHDL  file that contain the ROM code for running on picoblaze. Afterthat just copy VHDL file to the ISE project directory and add it to the project source directory.
     Now  just fix the source of embedded_kcpsm3.vhd to point at your ROM file by changing of ...
 
 component prog_rom
    Port (      address : in std_logic_vector(9 downto 0);
            instruction : out std_logic_vector(17 downto 0);
                    clk : in std_logic);
    end component;

    .....

  program: prog_rom
    port map(      address => address,
               instruction => instruction,
                       clk => clk);

to  be like this ...

component ROM
    Port (      address : in std_logic_vector(9 downto 0);
            instruction : out std_logic_vector(17 downto 0);
                    clk : in std_logic);
    end component;
 
    ......

  program: ROM
    port map(      address => address,
               instruction => instruction,
                       clk => clk);

 

That is . "ROM" is the name of your
entity that is in the ROM code you just generated from pBlazeIDE. So, If you use the other name. Please change to fit with it too.
    Now we have to change somethings in the picoblaze VHDL code because of my FPGA board's pins aren't designed for I/O with picoblaze. The interrupt pin and reset pin are inverted.That why I have to assign NOT gate by myself.

  processor: kcpsm3
    port map(      address => address,
               instruction => instruction,
                   port_id => port_id,           
              write_strobe => write_strobe,
                  out_port => out_port,
               read_strobe => read_strobe,
                   in_port => in_port,
                 interrupt => not interrupt,  - -my board is coverted
             interrupt_ack => interrupt_ack,
                     reset => not reset,  - -my board is coverted  
                       clk => clk); 


 
   Alright now we ready to rumble !!! after assign package pins . Try to synthesis and generate programing file. if everything is alright. you will be able to burn BIT file in to the FPGA board without problem. Is that easy ? (>.<)***


XC3S200 Spartan-III board
Pic 1 : Spartan-III FPGA board
 

ISE 6.3.03i
Pic 2 : ISE 6.3.03i

pBlazeIDE 3.7.4
Pic 3 : pBlazeIDE  3.7.4

Down load Bit file by Impact
Pic 4 :   Download Bit file with Impact
File and Source code :
>> test.psm << : psm file for push switch and led is on

>> embedded_kcpsm3.ucf <<: pin assignment file of ISE
*** due to software license . the others files you should download from the original website  by yourself.
Useful links :

Picoblaze project
http://www.xilinx.com/
  for picoblaze sourcecode
http://www.mediatronix.com/pBlazeIDE.htm
for download pBlazeIDE

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