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com Sandeep Mann Software Engineer Altera Corporation 110 Cooper Street. holds the Cyclone (1C6) FPGA and all the circuitry necessary to show the power of Cyclone.com 2 . CA 95060 smann@altera. Good Luck! Mike Phipps University Program and Cubic Cyclonium Manager Altera Corporation 101 Innovation Drive. Embedded in a durable Lucite block a circuit board. Contact me anytime by e-mail. He will handle your software questions and update you as new features are added. CA 95134 408-544-8682 San Jose 408-544-8582 Santa Cruz mphipps@altera. Cubic Cyclonium is centered around the Altera Cyclone Device that is highlighted on the front of the board just below the custom 168 LED display. Suite 102 Santa Cruz. shaped like a small cyclone storm cloud.Dear Customer. MS 1201 San Jose. and the Nios Embedded Processor. Cubic Cyclonium is an exciting new means to put a little bit of Altera on every engineer’s desk. I personally am very interested in hearing about your successes with Cubic Cyclonium. Quartus II. All the other components are on the back of the board and marked with clear nomenclature so that engineers will be able to understand and appreciate the brilliant simplicity of the design. Software engineering and support is the responsibility of Sandeep Mann.

.................................................................................................. 9 Old Version of Quartus II .... 4 Quick Start Guide ............................................................................................... 9 3 .................... 9 Communication Errors................................................................ 4 Contents of package............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4 How it Works................................................................................................... 8 Troubleshooting .........................................................................Index Getting Started with Cubic Cyclonium..............................................................................................................................

. and it will install the Cubic Cyclonium application and required files on the system. 4 . select “Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install”. 2.  Browse to C:\altera\cubic_cyclonium\driver\usb-blaster and open USBBLST. Windows will run the Found New Hardware Wizard. press OK and then press Next  If Windows warns against installation. Refer to trouble shooting section at the end of the guide. press Continue Anyway  Press Finish to complete driver installation 3. Plug USB cable into PC and Cubic Cyclonium Block o Supplied is a 6ft USB A to B.Getting Started with Cubic Cyclonium Contents of package • Cubic Cyclonium Block • USB cable • CD ROM with latest software • Cubic Cyclonium Handbook Quick Start Guide 1.  Run the Windows installer. CubicCyclonium.  Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) and press Next. Double Click on Cubic Cyclonium icon that is now on the Desktop to start the Cubic Cyclonium application. o If communication errors are encountered while trying to run the application. press Next.  Open Windows explorer and browse to the CD-ROM drive.  Select Have Disk. Install software on PC from CD ROM o PC Requirements  Windows 2000 or Windows XP  TCP/IP networking protocol installed  CD-ROM drive  USB port  33 MB Disk space o Installing Cubic Cyclonium Software  Insert the Cubic Cyclonium CD into your CD-ROM drive.msi. male to male cable o Installing the USB Blaster Driver  Plug the USB cable into the PC USB port and connect the other end to the Cubic Cyclonium Block.INF. The first time you connect the Cubic Cyclonium Block to your PC.  Under Search for the best driver in these locations..

subsequent uses of the application will not require the following steps. Select Config. Select Update OnBoard ASMI Configuration 3. Tab 2.” Tab in the Cubic Cyclonium User Application 2. Select the “Config. Once the giving status dialog appears. This will prompt you with a message. Start the Cubic Cyclonium User Application. Reconfigure On-Board ASMI 1. by double clicking Cubic Cyclonium ICON on the Desktop. Download Configuration File 4. 1. This process will take approximately 30 seconds. During the re-configuration step all of the LEDs will blink on and off.” Tab. If the Cubic Cyclonium is running out of date hardware and software some parts of the user application might be non-functional. click OK and cycle the power to the Cubic Cyclonium by unplug the Cubic Cyclonium from the USB port and re-plugging into the USB port. 5. Re-configure the default Cubic Cyclonium hardware and software by clicking “Step 2: Re-configure ASMI” button. Select the “Update OnBoard ASMI Configuration” radio button in the “Config. Download Configuration File” button. Once the download is complete the “Step 2: Re-configure ASMI” button will be enabled. Re-Configure ASMI 5 . This step will take approximately 45 seconds. 3. Download the configuration file by clicking the “Step 1. therefore it is recommended this step be taken the very first time the application is used. 4. press OK. This step will allow the re-configuration to take effect.Using Cubic Cyclonium Application This example will illustrate how to reconfigure the default hardware and software.

Select the Set Date/Time check box. 4. scroll the time and scroll a user message on the LED display. Type in a message in the Display User Message box 2. Select the Enable User Message check box. In the User Apps Tab. Click the Apply button 6 .Setting the Time/Date and Displaying User Message This example will illustrate how to set the date and time on the Cubic Cyclonium and also how to show the date. User Apps Tab Selected 1. type a message in to the Display User Message Box. Start the Cubic Cyclonium User Application. Select the desired Time and Date 4. Select the desired time and date to be used to set the Cubic Cyclonium’s real time clock. 6. 3. At the end of the preceding steps the date and time are set as specified in the date and time controls of the application and the Cubic Cyclonium will continually display the time. by double clicking Cubic Cyclonium icon on the Desktop. Do as follows: 1. 2. 5. Click the Apply button. Select the Enable User Message check Box 3. Select the Enable User Message check box. This will start up the application with the User Apps Tab selected. scroll the date and then scroll the user message. Select the Set Date/ Time (RTC) and Enable Date/Time check Box 5.

2. Start the Cubic Cyclonium User Application. Use the “Add>>” button to add LED Savers into the selected list. 1. This will cause each selected LED saver to be displayed for the time duration specified by the update interval.Running the LED Savers This example will illustrate how to run the LED Savers. Follow the steps below to run LED Savers. select the “Games” Tab. Adjust the LED Saver Update interval 3. Once at least one LED Saver has been selected. 4. The list on the left side displays all LED Savers found in the machine. Select the “Run Led Savers” button to enable the LED Saver Interface. this value specifies the display interval in seconds for each saver. Set “Update Interval”. use the “Start Saver Cycle” button to start the cycle. The bottom half of the Tab is the LED Saver interface. by double clicking Cubic Cyclonium ICON on the Desktop. Games Tab Selected 1. 3. Use Add>> button add LED Savers selected list. Select the Run Led Savers Radio. Start LED Saver Cycle 7 . 4. Once the application starts. 2.

Changes to the directory could cause the application to fail. \saver This directory contains the LED Savers.i.srec. . schematics.e. The LED Savers interface only looks here when it searches for LED Saver files of type .Cubic Cyclonium Directory Structure and Contents Directory Description \ Contents C:\altera\cubic_cyclonium This directory is the root Cubic Cyclonium installation directory which contains application executable and application DLLs \bin This directory Contains Cubic Cyclonium configuration files for both hardware and software. \lib This directory contains DLLs and various library executables used by the Cubic Cyclonium application. \docs This directory contains various documents. \res This directory holds various application resources. \driver This directory contains the DLL used for communication with the USB driver for the Cubic Cyclonium. 8 . troubleshooting document.

From: C:\altera\CubicCyclonium\driver 3. Versions 3.Troubleshooting Communication Errors There are a few different reasons that the application might fail to connect to the Cubic Cyclonium. To : C:\quartus\bin 9 . Copy: jtag_hw_usb-blaster. In order to resolve issues with an older version of Quartus II undertake the following steps: 1. 3. “Altera Cubic Cyclonium ?” is incorrect c. 2. “Altera usb-blaster” is incorrect i. The correct driver is located in the Cubic Cyclonium installation directory: C:\altera\CubicCyclonium\driver\usb-blaster Old Versions of Quartus II The other frequent problem is caused with an older installation of Quartus II.dll 2. “Altera Cubic Cyclonium” is correct b.0 and below).0 and below install a support for the USB Blaster which is unaware of the Cubic Cyclonium as a JTAG device. the driver needs to be re- installed. Under the Hardware tab. The most frequent problems are an incorrect install of the USB Blaster or conflicting installation from an older version of Quartus II (3. Checking to see if the correct USB driver is installed: 1. select Device Manager. Open the system properties dialog box by right clicking “My Computer: and selecting “Properties”. Under “Universal Serial Bus Controller” you should see: a. If either of the two incorrect conditions exists.