AN 741: Remote System Upgrade for MAX 10 FPGA Devices over UART with the Nios II Processor

ID 683661
Date 2/21/2017
Document Table of Contents .pof Generation through Convert Programming Files

To convert .sof files to .pof files, follow these steps:

  1. On the File menu, click Convert Programming Files.
  2. Under Output programming file, select Programmer Object File (.pof) in the Programming file type list.
  3. In the Mode list, select Internal Configuration.
  4. In the File name box, specify the file name for the programming file you want to create.
  5. To generate a Memory Map File (.map), turn on Create Memory Map File (Auto generate The .map contains the address of the CFM and UFM with the ICB setting that you set through the Option/Boot Info option.
  6. To generate a Raw Programming Data (.rpd), turn on Create config data RPD (Generate output_file_auto.rpd).
    With the help of Memory Map File, you can easily identify the data for each functional block in the .rpd file. You can also extract the flash data for third party programming tools or update the configuration or user data through the Altera On-Chip Flash IP.
  7. The .sof can be added through Input files to convert list and you can add up to two .sof files.
    For remote system upgrade purposes, you can retain the original page 0 data in the .pof, and replace page 1 data with new .sof file. To perform this, you need to add the .pof file in page 0, then add .sof page, then add the new .sof file to page 1.
  8. After all settings are set, click Generate to generate related programming file.