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Finding Xilinx documentation and using DocNav

Posted by Florent - 10 June 2016

Introduction

In this tutorial we will see how to get information about Xilinx products using the Xilinx Documentation. There are two ways to get the Xilinx documentation: using the Xilinx Website and using the Xilinx DocNav tool.

Find the documentation using the Xilinx website

If you know the document name or number you are looking for, you can go on the Xilinx Website main page and type it in the search bar. For example, if you want the datasheet of the 7 series (DS180) you can enter “DS180” in the search bar. A page with all the corresponding document will be displayed.

Document search using the Xilinx Search Bar

Figure 1 - Document search using the Xilinx Search Bar

If you don’t know the document name but you know the type of document you are looking for, you can go to the Xilinx Support page and use the categories to find your document.

Document Search using Browse Documentation

Figure 2 - Document Search using Browse Documentation

If you are looking for a content but you don’t know in which type of document you can find it, you can enter keywords in the Xilinx search bar and all the documents containing the keywords will be displayed.

Getting a different version of the document:

Sometimes, you will want to get a different version of the document. For example, if you are using Vivado 2015.2 and the current version is 2016.1 you will need to get the correct version of the User Guide (UG910) because there are several changes between the two tool releases. To get a different version, click “See All Versions” in the result page.

Xilinx DocNav - Getting a different version of the document

Figure 3 - Getting a different version of the document

 

Find the documentation using Xilinx DocNav

The Xilinx Documentation Navigator is a free tool you can install on your computer to access the Xilinx Documentation.

In DocNav, you can use the Search Bar to find for a document name or number.

Xilinx DocNav Search Bar

Figure 4 - Xilinx DocNav Search Bar

In the basic settings, the Search Bar only look for the keywords in the document name or number. If you want to search for the keywords inside the document, select “Search Docs”.

DocNav Search - Search Docs option

Figure 5 - DocNav Search - Search Docs option

If you want to search for a particular version of a document, you can use the version selector.

DocNav - Version Selector

Figure 6 - Version Selector



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