I am working on a project using a Virtex-5 FPGA. The small projects that I've worked on with FPGAs has only required me to program the FPGAs on development boards using JTAG or loading the bit file onto the FPGA. However, I have a newly designed board using an FPGA which I don't believe has even been powered on yet.
I was doing a bit of reading about the FPGA requiring to be configured and was also reading the Configuration guide which talks about the internal memory being written with the configuration data. I don't know if I've missed something or if Xilinx ISE automatically does that when I program the FPGA with it. Can someone shed any additional light on this ?