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Release JTAG or Ethernet cable resource



    release(mem) releases the JTAG cable or Ethernet cable resource, depending on the interface that you use.

    • When you use a JTAG interface, the function releases the JTAG cable resource, freeing the cable for use to reprogram the FPGA. After initialization, the AXI master object, mem, holds the JTAG cable resource, and other programs cannot access the JTAG cable. While you have an active AXI master object, FPGA programming over JTAG fails. Call the release function before reprogramming the FPGA.

    • When you use an Ethernet interface, the function closes the Ethernet communications channel and clears the associated resources. During the creation of AXI master object mem, the object initializes a communication stream to enable the exchange of data between the host computer and the target processor. Call the release function when you no longer need to access the board.


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    Before you can use this example, you must have a design running on an FPGA board connected to the MATLAB® host machine. The FPGA design must include an AXI master IP that is customized for your FPGA vendor. The support package installation includes this IP. To include the IP in your project, see the Access FPGA Memory Using JTAG-Based MATLAB AXI Master example.

    Create an AXI master object. The object connects MATLAB with the FPGA board and confirms that the IP is present.

    mem = aximaster('Xilinx')
    mem = 
      aximaster with properties:
               Vendor: 'Xilinx'
        JTAGCableName: 'auto'

    Write 10 addresses and then read data from a single location. By default, these functions auto-increment the address for each word of data.

    rd_d = readmemory(mem,140,1)
    rd_d =

    Read data from 10 locations.

    rd_d = readmemory(mem,140,10)
    rd_d =
      1×10 uint32 row vector
       10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19

    Read data 10 times from the same address by specifying that the AXI master read all data from the same address (disabling auto-incrementation).

    rd_d = readmemory(mem,140,10,'BurstType','Fixed')
    rd_d =
      1×10 uint32 row vector
       10   10   10   10   10   10   10   10   10   10

    Write data 10 times to the same address. In this case, the final value stored in address 140 is 29.

    rd_d = readmemory(mem,140,10)
    rd_d =
      1×10 uint32 row vector
       29   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19

    Specify the address as a hexadecimal value. Specify for the function to cast the read data to a data type other than uint32.

    rd_d = readmemory(mem,0x1c,16,'OutputDataType',numerictype(0,6,4))
    rd_d = 
      Columns 1 through 10
             0    0.2500    0.5000    0.7500    1.0000    1.2500    1.5000    1.7500    2.0000    2.2500
      Columns 11 through 16
        2.5000    2.7500    3.0000    3.2500    3.5000    3.7500
              DataTypeMode: Fixed-point: binary point scaling
                Signedness: Unsigned
                WordLength: 6
            FractionLength: 4

    When you no longer need to access the board, release the JTAG connection.


    Input Arguments

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    Connection to a JTAG-based AXI master IP or to an Ethernet-based AXI master IP, specified as an aximaster object.

    Introduced in R2017a