@Dave: Does the CPLD have a permanent flash based configuration?
Ah, there was a question in there :-) The CPLD will almost certainly have a non-volatile configuration -- it might not b eFlash-based, it could be EEPROM (very similar) or fusible link or antifuse-based ... but these days probably Flash-based is a safe (or good) bet
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