FPGA configuration is often a last-minute design decision, because engineers view FPGA configuration as an easy, no-brainer step in the design cycle. That is true when customers use the Xilinx “recipe”—a Xilinx® FPGA, Platform Flash PROM, ISE™ software, and platform cable USB. However, FPGA configuration becomes increasingly complex if you use a non-Xilinx solution. In this article, I’ll discuss the differences between Platform Flash and commodity Flash.

Reprinted with permission from Xcell Journal / Fourth Quarter 2005. Article © Xcell Journal.