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« on: August 10, 2009, 11:49:34 11:49 »

Did anyone tried to use this starter board with ALTIUM Designer ?

http://www.digilentinc.com/Products/Detail.cfm?NavPath=2,400,423&Prod=S3EBOARD


My Dev board works good in ISE but it cannot be detected in ALTIUM i'm using the on board USB jtag. Should i buy an external JTAG interface for ALTIUM supporting or the on board usb interface will work ?
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009, 07:13:27 07:13 »

Hi, Ahmad_k !

With Altium you can use only the Soft-JTAG via the Parallel Port from Altium-Designer (Nexus). When you with a better performance you can use Nanoboard 3000 with
Spartan3AN (1400). The cost of this Board is € 300,00. Look Altium-Wiki > Nanobard 3000. Altium has also a Developer.... DT2 it is for debugging over USB-JTAG but only
schematic and pcb avaiable, no Firmware for the ARM.

Info !! Standard USB to Parallelport Converter does not work for JTAG !! 

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2009, 07:18:05 19:18 »

I have another PC that have a parallel port, and there is a lot of jtag schematic over LPT on the Internet. So can this work with this ALTIUM ?
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2009, 07:22:59 07:22 »

Hi, Ahmad_k !

You can use the Altium Designer directly over the Parallel Port with Nexus (Soft-JTAG) from Altium without Hardware. You can use as Reference
the Altium LifeDesign Boards (Legacy). I have an old Cyclone LifeDesign Board with an extra cable (Parallelport to 20-pin Connector). It works fine with
Altium. I'm use at this time an Altera Cyclon III Starterboard and the Soft-JTAG (Nexus) is Connected via HSMSC Connector directwired JTAG-Pins
from the device. The Function with Altium Designer via Parallel-Port is usefull but not the fastet.
I have also used the same board as you (Spartan3E). You must use the direct J-TAG connection to the Device ! Some Informations as pdf's are
avaiable inside the Altium Designer Help-Directory ! The Connections from 3rd-Party Board's to the Soft-JTAG (Nexus) are described. The Debug Functions in the Altium Designer avaiable only with the NEXUS Soft-JTAG Connection !!

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