Programmer for iCEblink40 boards
Lattice iCEBlink40 Programming Tool
The Lattice iCEBlink40 is a low-cost FPGA board (currently $50 cad) supporting the iCE40 LP/HX families. While the iCEcube programming software on linux supports the chips, it doesn't ship with a port of iceutil.exe to program the board itself. This is an open-source tool, licensed under GPL2, to allow for programming of the FPGA board from linux.
This script has only been tested by the author with the iCEblink40-LP1K board, with the M25P10VP flash. Other users have reported that it works with the HX1K flavour boards.
This tool was created from black-box inspection of the USB datastream between a VM running iceutil and the iCEblink40-LP1K evaluation board. No binary analysis, binary reverse engineering or disassembly was used during the creation of this tool; all information in this file was derived from black-box analysis.
The iCEBlink boards only support programming of the flash memory used to boot the FPGA. Direct SPI programming of the FPGA does not appear to be possible.
- python 3 or newer
- pyusb 1.0 or newer
The main flash programming tool is iCEburn.py. It supports two operation flags,
-e for erase, and
-w for write. The most common usage is:
./iCEburn.py -ew path\_to\_build.bin
Regtool is an example test script to poke at registers via the FPGA data link. The argument
will do a read of register 0xAB and print the result to the console. The argument
will write register 0xAB with value and print the result to the console. With the stock FPGA firmware
./regtool.py -w 5:0x48
will stop the scrolling pattern and fix LED3 on.
Regtool is primarily intended as an example of API usage, and not as a production grade tool.
If using old versions of pyUSB, you may get an error:
AttributeError: "'NoneType' object has no attribute 'libusb_exit'"
This is a bug in pyusb.
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