Generic Flash Programmer User Guide: Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition

ID 683495
Date 3/28/2022
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1.3.1. Generic Flash Programming (Programming File Generator)

You can use the Programming File Generator to generate the necessary secondary programming files for flash programming with Intel® Agilex™ and Intel® Stratix® 10 devices.

The .jic secondary programming file allows you to perform JTAG programming via the FPGA Secure Device Manager (SDM) and Factory SDM helper image. The SDM controls secure access to the FPGA, and the Factory SDM helper image enables communication between the JTAG connection and the flash memory serial interface. After generating the files, you use the Intel® Quartus® Prime Programmer to program the flash, which in turn configures the FPGA via AS configuration.

Note: The Programming File Generator generates the .jic file for different byte addressing based on the FPGA and flash memory device. The flash device must power up to the compatible byte-addressing according to
Figure 3.  Intel® Stratix® 10 Flash Programming Configuration

Generic Flash Programmer operation includes the following high level steps that this section describes in detail:

  1. Step 1: Generate Primary Device Programming File—use the Intel® Quartus® Prime Assembler to generate the .sof FPGA configuration file.
  2. Step 2: Generate Secondary Programming Files (Programming File Generator)—use the Programming File Generator to generate the .jic that you program into your flash memory device to store .sof configuration data.
  3. Step 3: Program the Flash Memory Device—use the Intel® Quartus® Prime Programmer and connected Intel FPGA download cable to program the .jic configuration data into the flash memory device and the .sof into the FPGA via Active Serial JTAG configuration.