Arria® 10 FPGA Development Kit User Guide

ID 683526
Date 5/15/2024
Document Table of Contents

5.1.1. Using the Board Update Portal to Update User Designs

The Board Update Portal allows you to write new designs to the user portion of the flash memory. Designs must be in the Nios II Flash Programmer File (.flash) format.

Design files available from the Arria® 10 GX FPGA Development Kit page include .flash files. You can also create .flash files from your own custom designs.

To upload a design over the network into the user portion of the flash memory on your board, perform the following steps:

  1. Perform the steps in “Connecting to the Board Update Portal Web Page” section to access the Board Update Portal web page.
  2. In the Hardware File Name field specify the .flash file that you either downloaded from the Intel® website or created on your own. If there is a software component to the design, specify it in the same manner using the Software File Name field or otherwise leave the field blank.
  3. Click Upload. The progress bar indicates the percent complete. The file takes about 20 minutes to upload.
  4. To configure the FPGA with the new design after the flash memory upload process is complete, set SW6.4 to the OFF position.

As long as you don’t overwrite the factory image in the flash memory device, you can continue to use the Board Update Portal to write new designs to the user portion of the flash memory. If you do overwrite the factory image, you can restore it by following the instructions in the “Factory Reset” section.