Update: The methods described below work also on Vivado 2015! Please let me know if you had any issues with other Vivado versions.
The information in the official user guides and tutorials seems to be fragmentary and sometimes out-of-date, that's why I decided to fill in this gap, not waiting for the official Xilinx updates. Our goal is to show how to program the SPI flash memory of the 7th generation Xilinx devices with Vivado 2014 on example of Nexys4 board.
Note: before we start, we assume you already have a working project, that means the generated bitstream file works on your device. If not, you may want to go directly to the Program the SPI flash section to test your Nexys4 board with prepared .mcs file.
PlanConfigure the hardware to work with SPI flash memoryRegenerate the bitstream fileConvert the bitstream file into the "Prom" formatProgram the SPI flashBoot the device
Configure the hardware to work with SPI flash memory
Open the synthesized or implemented design…