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Tim Wescott
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Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:05 am   



Does any of the current FPGA manufacturers have free tools that work
under Linux? I know that Xilinx ISE used to, but that was about a decade
ago.

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Wendell
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Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:05 am   



On 2016-11-19, Tim Wescott <seemywebsite_at_myfooter.really> wrote:
Quote:
Does any of the current FPGA manufacturers have free tools that work
under Linux? I know that Xilinx ISE used to, but that was about a decade
ago.

Microsemi does, but I have not tried them.


Rob Gaddi
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Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:05 am   



Wendell wrote:

Quote:
On 2016-11-19, Tim Wescott <seemywebsite_at_myfooter.really> wrote:
Does any of the current FPGA manufacturers have free tools that work
under Linux? I know that Xilinx ISE used to, but that was about a decade
ago.

Microsemi does, but I have not tried them.


Xilinx ISE, Xilinx Vivado, and Altera Quartus all work under Linux.
They can all be touchy about the exact Linux they're running under,
which is why I've got them all walled off in VMs. Vivado I run under
Ubuntu, Quartus on CentOS.

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Nikolaos Kavvadias
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Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:19 pm   



I have Altera Quartus Prime (used to be II) on Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS.

Lite version is free. Expect a very big installation (30+ GiB) if you install everything, e.g., SoC EDS. A smaller installation is possible, if you download and install from individual files.

From Xilinx, the HLx free edition, should work, I think I last tested on Ubuntu Linux 15.10.

rickman
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Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:46 pm   



On 11/18/2016 8:05 PM, Tim Wescott wrote:
Quote:
Does any of the current FPGA manufacturers have free tools that work
under Linux? I know that Xilinx ISE used to, but that was about a decade
ago.


Yes

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Rick C

Svenn Are Bjerkem
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Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:17 pm   



Wendell <wendell_at_linuxfrog.mminc> wrote:
Quote:
On 2016-11-19, Tim Wescott <seemywebsite_at_myfooter.really> wrote:
Does any of the current FPGA manufacturers have free tools that work
under Linux? I know that Xilinx ISE used to, but that was about a decade
ago.

Microsemi does, but I have not tried them.


Libero SoC may need to have some motif library installed which is not in mainstream
distros anymore. Also the patching program they use is not mainstream and seems
only supported on redhat/centos.

The development SDK called SoftConsole (eclipse) is in version 3.5 depending on some
custom actel binary to download to the chip.

I would say that it is still windows target, but linux may become viable.
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svenn

Cecil Bayona
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Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:09 pm   



On 11/19/2016 2:46 AM, rickman wrote:
Quote:
On 11/18/2016 8:05 PM, Tim Wescott wrote:
Does any of the current FPGA manufacturers have free tools that work
under Linux? I know that Xilinx ISE used to, but that was about a decade
ago.

Yes

Lattice Diamond software is available for Linux in a RPM package.


I have not tried it but I will one of these days, the Linux I use as a
training vehicle is Mint a derivative of Ubuntu which is Debian based
and does not natively use RPM packages but I believe it has the
capability to install RPM packages.

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Cecil - k5nwa

Jon Elson
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Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:03 am   



Tim Wescott wrote:

Quote:
Does any of the current FPGA manufacturers have free tools that work
under Linux? I know that Xilinx ISE used to, but that was about a decade
ago.

Sure, I use ise 13 and 14 under Linux. Since I have a 64-bit Linux kernel,
I could not get ise 10 to install directly in Linux, so I ended up putting
it on a Windows virtual machine. I really didn't want to spend much time
doing that to make one tiny change to a legacy project. Under the right
Linux environment, ise 10 should work, too. (It used to.)

Jon

Matt D.
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Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:30 am   



On 11/19/2016 02:05, Tim Wescott wrote:
Quote:
Does any of the current FPGA manufacturers have free tools that work
under Linux? I know that Xilinx ISE used to, but that was about a decade
ago.


Hi! For Lattice iCE40 FPGAs project IceStorm is definitely worth
checking out:
http://www.clifford.at/icestorm/

"The IceStorm flow (Yosys, Arachne-pnr, and IceStorm) is a fully open
source Verilog-to-Bitstream flow for iCE40 FPGAs."

It's demonstrated in the following presentations:

A Free and Open Source Verilog-to-Bitstream Flow for iCE40 FPGAs
http://www.clifford.at/papers/2015/icestorm-flow/

Verilog Synthesis and Formal Verification with
Yosyshttp://www.clifford.at/papers/2016/yosys-synth-formal/

Formal Verification with Yosys-SMTBMC
http://www.clifford.at/papers/2016/yosys-smtbmc/

More:

"Open-Source Tools for FPGA Development" talk at this year's LinuxCon:
http://events.linuxfoundation.org/sites/events/files/slides/lcj-2016.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI18Wk4gxA4

"Icarus Verilog & Friends"
http://aggregate.org/EE480/slidesF16v1.pdf
http://aggregate.org/EE480/verilog.html

Best,

Matt

Theo Markettos
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Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:59 pm   



Rob Gaddi <rgaddi_at_highlandtechnology.invalid> wrote:
Quote:
Xilinx ISE, Xilinx Vivado, and Altera Quartus all work under Linux.
They can all be touchy about the exact Linux they're running under,
which is why I've got them all walled off in VMs. Vivado I run under
Ubuntu, Quartus on CentOS.


Usually they'll work, but it needs some shared library package installing
and it takes a little bit of fiddling to work out what that is for your
distro. Google is your friend here, or else ldd. I have managed to run
most EDA tools (Xilinx, Altera, Cadence, Mentor, Synopsys) under Ubuntu with
a little fiddling, even though vendors typically only support RHEL.

A VM is the simplest way, though not always quickest (both in runtime and
installation). Or run everything under CentOS, since vendors like RHEL.

The accretion of mine and others' notes from our local installations are
here:
http://www.wiki.cl.cam.ac.uk/rowiki/CompArch/EDA
however they are long overdue for a tidy
(and removal of decade-old stuff)

Theo

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