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Installing the Xilinx Toolchain#

Before you can build your designs created in VisualApplets, i.e., before you can create hardware applets for your device, you need to install the Xilinx ISE or Xilinx Vivado toolchain.

Which tool and which tool version you need (and if the according license is free or not) depends on the target frame grabber you are developing for.

In addition, in most cases a 30-day evaluation license is available.

The table below lists all Basler target hardware and the required Xilinx ISE and/or Vivado licenses.

For building designs for mE5 marathon frame grabbers, Basler strongly recommends to use Xilinx Vivado. Using Xilinx Vivado, the build process is much faster, and more complex designs can be fitted on the FPGA.

Which Xilinx Toolchain and Version for Which Frame Grabber Platform?#

Basler Frame Grabber Model microEnable (mE) WebPACK (free license) ISE Design Suite Logic Edition
(Purchase Version)
Vivado Design Suite
(Purchase Version)
Xilinx ISE 30-Day Evaluation License Version 14.7 Vivado 30-Day Evaluation License
mE IV VD1-CL ISE version 9.2 or higher Recommended version: 9.2
PixelPlant PX100,
PixelPlant PX100e
ISE version 9.2 or higher Recommended version: 9.2
mE IV VD4-CL/PoCL Recommended version: 9.2
mE IV VQ4-GE/-GPoE Recommended version: 9.2
PixelPlant PX200e Recommended version: 9.2
mE5 ironman VQ8 CXP6-D ISE version 14.7 Version 14.7 ISE 30-Day Eval,
version 14.7
mE5 ironman VD8-PoCL ISE version 14.7 Version 14.7 ISE 30-Day Eval,
version 14.7
mE5 marathon VF2 ISE version 14.7,
Vivado version 2016.1 or highera
Version 14.7 Version 2016.1 or highera
mE5 marathon VCX-QP ISE version 14.7,
Vivado version 2016.1 or highera
Version 14.7 Version 2016.1 or highera
LightBridge VCL ISE version 14.7,
Vivado version 2016.1 or highera
Version 14.7 Version 2016.1 or highera
mE5 marathon VCL ISE version 14.7,
Vivado version 2016.1 or highera b
Version 14.7 Version 2016.1 or highera
mE5 marathon VCLx ISE version 14.7 Version 2016.1 or higherb Vivado 30-Day Eval, version 2016.1 or highera

  1. Basler recommends to use Vivado 2017.4. Basler only tested until and including Vivado 2020.2 and thus recommends to use a version between 2016.1 and 2020.2.

  2. In VisualApplets 3.2.1, applets for the platforms mE5-MA-VCL and mE5-MA-VCLx cannot be built with Vivado 2020.2. For further information, see Known Issues VisualApplets Release 3.2.1, entry 28., issue n° 9848.

Downloading the Xilinx Toolchain#

Select which package you want to install and download it from the Xilinx website.

Downloading Xilinx

Installing the Xilinx Toolchain#

Xilinx Installation Path

Make sure you install the Xilinx toolchain in a directory structure that does not contain any spaces in directory names, e.g., directly under C:\Xilinx. Do not install Xilinx under C:\Program Files\Xilinx.

Obtaining a License for the Xilinx Toolchain#

Vivado#

You can obtain a Xilinx Vivado license from the Xilinx Product Licensing Site. You can either purchase the Vivado Design Suite license or generate a free Vivado WebPACK license.

Vivado Design Suite License Contains the ISE Design Suite License

The Xilinx ISE Design Suite is the predecessor of the Xilinx Vivado Design Suite. ISE is distributed by Xilinx together with Vivado, so that if you purchase a Vivado Design Suite license, ISE is automatically licensed, too.

ISE#

ISE 30-Day Evaluation License#

For generating applets for mE5 marathon VCLx, you can obtain a 30-day evaluation license from Basler. For this option, contact the Basler Support.

ISE WebPACK#

ISE WebPACK is a free license.

Install Xilinx ISE and during installation, select ISE WebPack as product to be installed.

On the Xilinx Product Licensing Site, select ISE WebPACK License.

ISE Design Suite (Purchase License)#

As ISE is a legacy product, the only way to purchase an ISE license is by purchasing a Vivado Design Suite license. The Vivado Design Suite license includes the ISE license. You can obtain a Vivado Design Suite license from the Xilinx Product Licensing Site.

Install Xilinx ISE and during installation, select ISE Design Suite Logic Edition as product to be installed.

If you have been provided by Basler with a license voucher for the Xilinx ISE Design Suite Logic Edition, either on paper (together with the DVD) or via e-mail, you need to generate a license key with this voucher. You can generate this license on the Xilinx Product Licensing Site.

Generating and Registering the License#

To use the Xilinx toolchain, you must generate and register your license on the Xilinx Product Licensing Site. Xilinx provides instructions for generating a license key and installing the license:

Configuring Build Settings in VisualApplets for the Xilinx Toolchain as Build Tool#

Before you build your first applet with the Xilinx toolchain, you should configure the VisualApplets Build Settings so that the tools are called as desired. Instructions for setting the build settings are available in the VisualApplets User's Guide.

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