NI VeriStand Add-on: FPGA XML Builder Node
The VeriStand FPGA XML Builder add-on allows users to simplify FPGA VIs being developed for use with NI VeriStand. Traditionally, when creating an FPGA VI for use with NI VeriStand, the user had to bit pack all of the inputs and outputs of the system, as well as create the .fpgaconfig XML file that described the bitfile. The VeriStand FPGA XML Builder Node is a configuration based node which allows the user to specify channels to be sent and received from VeriStand, configure those channels, then automatically generate the necessary XML file for VeriStand. The node then internally handles the bitpacking of the channels and sends/receives the necessary packets using the DMA FIFOs to VeriStand.
After installing the VeriStand FPGA XML Builder node, and used in conjunction with the NI VeriStand FPGA-Based I/O Interface Tools, users can easily create FPGA VIs for use with NI VeriStand. You can add the node to the template's block diagram from the NI VeriStand FPGA Support » FPGA XML palette when in the FPGA context. Then expand the node for the number of I/O you'll be communicating with, configure your channels, and generate the XML configuration file.
A more detailed walk-through of implementing the FPGA XML Builder node is attached to this document.
To install the FPGA XML Builder Node, complete the following steps:
VeriStand 2013 SP1
Veristand 2013 & VeriStand 2014+
All attempts have been made to provide an add-on compatible with the NI VeriStand shipping examples. The nature of some add-ons requires additional software or hardware to function.
This add-on was created for use with NI VeriStand 2013+. To use this add-on you must have the following software installed:
This Add-On provides examples for implementing the node. After installation, these examples can be found at:
<LabVIEW>\examples\NI VeriStand Add-On-FPGA XML Builder Node
This add-on is provided "as is" and is not officially supported by National Instruments.
If you encounter a problem with this add-on, or if you have suggestions for a future revision, please post to the forum for this add-on here: VeriStand FPGA XML Builder Node Feedback Forum. You must use this feedback forum for support. Do not call National Instruments for support for this add-on.