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Today I received a rather disturbing confirmation from Xilinx that
the PPC reference design associated with Xilinx's ML403 ISE and EDK
7.01 are broken.
So, as far as I'm concerned ISE & EDK 7.01 are also broken. What's
that old movie where the guy yells out a window, "I'm mad as hell and
I'm not going to take it anymore"? Google says, "Network".
The point is that all to frequently engineers are reluctant to say or
admit that they are having a problem because they may think that it
is "them". They don't want to admit they are an idiot. More to the
point, the thinking goes, it can't possibly be the tool, my tools
vendor would never betray the trust I've given them by buying their
product, etc.. it must be me. etc. etc. And so they struggle, and
time slips away, finally after days of frustration, they give in to
their own feeling of inadequacy and proffer a question via some
forum, like this one in hopes that an answer will be provided.
So, just to set the record straight, I'll say it to the world, to all
of you out there. "I'm an idiot". However, I'm not as big an idiot
as the Xilinx product managers who shipped product before it was
tested and proven to be completely and totally functional.
So, given my previous disclaimer
The webserver example in the ML402 reference design doesn't work.
The USB programming tool doesn't work
Won't someone please tell me how to make the Insight play nice?
And I'm supposed to make sense of the completely incomprehensible
error messages that I receive when I delete a core using add/edit cores?
My local Diste, that's distribution as in Avnet and Memec tell me
that Xilinx has changed their service model and placed more
responsibility upon the local reps to provide answers to specific
questions. Great. That would be fine if their code actually worked.
The point of this note simple. Don't trust your tools. It's not you.
Be more vocal about your specific problems and things that don't seem
right. Otherwise we're all toast!
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