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XBI: a Java-based interface to FPGA hardware
Author(s): Steven A. Guccione; Delon Levi
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Paper Abstract

XBI(tm), the Xilinx Bitstream Interface is a set of Java (tm) classes which provide an Application Program Interface (API) into the Xilinx FPGA bitstream. This interface operates on either bitstreams generated by Xilinx design tools, or on bitstreams read back from actual hardware. This provides the capability of designing, modifying and dynamically modifying circuits in Xilinx XC4000 (tm) series FPGA devices. The programming model used by XBI is a 2D array of Configurable Logic Blocks (CLBs). Each CLB is referenced by a row and column, and all configurable resources in the selected CLB may be set or probed. Additionally, control of all routing resources adjacent to the selected CLB are made available. Because the code is written in Java, compilation times are very fast, and because control is at the CLB level, bitstreams can typically be modified or generated in times on the order of one second or less. This API has been used to construct complete circuits and to modify existing circuits. In addition, the object oriented support in the Java programming language has permitted a small library of parameterizable, object oriented macro circuits or Cores to be implemented. Finally, this API may be used as a base to construct other tools. This includes traditional design tools for performing tasks such as circuit placement and routing, as well as application specific tools to perform more narrowly defined tasks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3526, Configurable Computing: Technology and Applications, (8 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.327023
Show Author Affiliations
Steven A. Guccione, Xilinx Inc. (United States)
Delon Levi, Xilinx Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3526:
Configurable Computing: Technology and Applications
John Schewel, Editor(s)

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