Release JTAG or Ethernet cable resource


release(mem) releases the JTAG cable or Ethernet cable resource.

When using 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 using 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.

Input Arguments

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Specify an aximaster System object™ that you created and configured.


Access Memory on FPGA Board from MATLAB

Before you can use this object, 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. This IP is included with the support package installation. To include the IP in your project, see Access FPGA External Memory Using MATLAB as AXI Master.

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

mem = aximaster('Xilinx')
mem = 

  aximaster with properties:

           Vendor: 'Xilinx'
    JTAGCableName: 'auto'

Write and read one or more addresses with one command. By default, the commands auto-increment the address for each word of data. For example, this code writes ten addresses and then reads from a single location.

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



Now, read from ten locations.

rd_d = readmemory(mem,140,10)
rd_d =

  1×10 uint32 row vector

   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19

Set the BurstType property to 'Fixed' to turn off the auto-increment and access the same address multiple times. For example, this code reads ten times from the same address.

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 ten 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

Alternatively, specify the address as a hexadecimal string. To cast the read data to a data type other than uint32, use the OutputDataType property.

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.

Introduced in R2017a