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Lattice ICE40 programming

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Hi everyone,

I am using a Lattice FPGA for the first time and It is really different than Altera and Xilinx. I am having several problems so hopefully anyone can help. I am on Windows 8, I have Ice cube 2 and the ICE40blink HX1K evaluation board.

First of all there is no programmer in the tool(although it should as in the documentation) so i downloaded diamond programmer.
It can't detect the FPGA if I use the mini USB only! So I used the ispdownload cable which could then detect the FPGA but not the Flash or Microcontroller. Even if I try to program the FPGA, both CRAM and Flash fail. Am I using the right tools ? It is really confusing.

One last problem, the only thing that worked is to program NVCM, is there a way to bypass it now to program the CRAM or flash or through the microcontroller? Do I need to change something in the board.

Thanks a lot in advance.
 

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