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On my Altera Cyclone IV board I have 2 options. 1) Download code file from SPI memory to FPGA using Active serial (AS) mode. 2) Download .sof file from PC via SPI Bridge to FPGA using Passive serial (PS) mode.

atech10
Beginner
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In AS mode, you need 4 signals while in PS mode apparently only 2 signals.

 

Active Serial Mode (AS)

SPI Memory To FPGA

DATA0   -->  DATA0

DCLK   <--   DCLK

nCS     <--   nCSO

ASDI    <--  ASDO

 

Passive Serial Mode (PS)

SPI Bridge to FPGA

DATA0   -->  DATA0

DCLK    -->  DCLK

GPIO    -–X  nCSO

GPIO    X—   ASDO

Now what happen if I connect permanently ASDO of Altera Cyclone IV to ASDI (GPIO) on SPI Bridge?  

 

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ShafiqY_Intel
Employee
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Hi atech10,

 

For Active Serial Mode (AS), it should be working properly.

 

However, for Passive Serial Mode (PS) i'm not guarantee it will work. This pin should leave be unconnected when it is not used as AS mode. You can try it on your own risk.

 

Thanks

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