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In the context of boards, like framegrabbers....

if the bitstream fails it will go through the golden bitstream....

Something like that, can anyone put some light on this matter for me ? I remember hearing about the subject in one of my meetings so do not have my hands on any manuals with the specific words

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I believe this is a rarely used term for a reference bitstream, aka "This is what it's supposed to look like", but this isn't really my area of expertise. –  Shinrai Dec 15 '11 at 16:00
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A golden bitstream may be used to configure a device with a design that has been tested and is stable and provide all basic functionality but may not fully support advanced or custom features. Reference: Parallel interface for configuring programmable devices at:

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7358762.html

For more information find "golden bitstream" in the above referenced web page and read the containing paragraphs about it.

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Perfect, thanks. –  Reza M. Dec 15 '11 at 18:28
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