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Old 12-02-2007, 05:15 PM   #1
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Fpga Usb


I'm trying to connect an Altera DE2 board to my computer via USB.

I'm overwhelmed with data sheets and don't know where to start or where to look for learning how to do this. On board there is a USB chip which handles data transmission and error checking (chip ISP1362 data sheets ).

Where may I learn about how to have FPGA <- USB -> computer communication? Any tutorials? Preferably using on Altera DE2 board.

I don't how to use this chip or where to start.

The FPGA would be the device not the host [just to clarify]
Old 12-04-2007, 10:24 PM   #2
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I would take the coward's way out and use something like Vmware. It'll let you use the free/familar Windows stuff that you are used to, and the next time you run into a situation where all you can find, you will be all set.

Here's a discussion on the subject (note the reference to Altera in the post):

Like I said, the coward's way out.

As for programming that particular chip, (the ISP1362), there's no need to since the logical way to reverse-engineer the software would be to listen in on what goes back and forth between the Windows box and the Altera board via the USB port. I suppose that you could if you wanted to.. But why?

So, what cool project are you working on?
Old 12-07-2007, 04:47 PM   #3
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haha the cowards way .

Unfortunately I can't be a coward. that won't work here is more in depth of what I'm doing:

Currently I have successfully done communication though parallel port to computer running Linux. Now as an expansion: using USB to do communication.

An FPGA is a chip that circuits can be programmed on.

The DE2 board has 3 usb ports. 1 to program the FPGA, and the other 2 is what I get to use. For USB devices the Usb device talks to say Linux driver. So I want to do the Device part not driver at the moment (I'll eventually want to do the driver part).

A way to think of it is I'm making a usb thumb drive from scratch.

So I get to program the FPGA portion.

FPGA <--> ISP1362 <--> USB wires <---> Computer

The FPGA has to communicate with the chip which will communicate to computer. According to what I have read the chip does error checking and does its best to make sure data is sent/received successfully. It seems so simple but the chip has registers ...

Old 12-07-2007, 09:52 PM   #4
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Ah, I thought that all that you wanted to do was to program your FPGA (yeah, I know what they are).

So no, I have no earthly idea as how to program a USB port. Sorry about that.

Currently this is what I'm fooling with:


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