Automatically load fpga_0.94.bit on system startup

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Automatically load fpga_0.94.bit on system startup

Post by mikhail.zakharov » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:15 am

I have several C/C++ applications built for the RedPitaya which use the API ( manual says, that in order to use the API, I have to load an FPGA image by doing

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cat /opt/redpitaya/fpga/fpga_0.94.bit > /dev/xdevcfg
. When I do it from command line (e.g. console) everything works. When I do not do it, the code crashes with SIGBUS.
I need to load it automatically, before my program starts.

What did I do to solve it
I am starting my program as a linux systemd daemon. A file was created

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cat /opt/redpitaya/fpga/fpga_0.94.bit > /dev/xdevcfg
sleep 2
exec /root/XXX/YYY
The unit file is as follows:

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Description = RedPitaya WaveformGenerator
After =

ExecStart = /root/XXX/

WantedBy =
however every other boot the system hangs, blue light is off.

I thought to replace the cat with

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dd if=/opt/redpitaya/fpga/fpga_0.94.bit of=/dev/xdevcfg ibs=1M
so that the entire file is first read then dumped to FPGA. This did not help.

Other system information
RedPitaya 1.1, Latest stable image from
Ecosystem 0.98

How do I load the bitfile automatically before my application start so that everything does not crash?
I attempted to load it right after is reached (early in the boot process) as well as after is reached (late in the boot process) with the same results.
Should I look instead into configuring FSBL to load the fpga_0.94.bit instead whatever it is loading now?
Or can U-Boot do it?
Is it OK for FSBL to load that bitfile (version 0.94) although the ecosystem is 0.98?

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Re: Automatically load fpga_0.94.bit on system startup

Post by jmadsenee » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:01 pm

Hi Mikhail,

I load my fpga image at the beginning of my C code:

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system("cat /opt/redpitaya/fpga/UscopeV0.04.bit > /dev/xdevcfg");

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