Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design Suite 3


Course Description

Learn how to effectively employ timing closure techniques.

This course includes:

  • Demonstrating timing closure techniques such as baselining,

pipelining, and synchronization circuits

  • Showing optimum HDL coding techniques that help with design

timing closure

  • Illustrating the advanced capabilities of the Vivado┬« logic analyzer to debug a design

This course builds further on the previous Designing FPGAs Using the

Vivado Design Suite courses.


Level: FPGA 3

Course Duration: 2 days
Price: $1600 or 16 Xilinx Training Credits
Course Part Number: FPGA-VDES3-ILT
Who Should Attend? FPGA designers with intermediate knowledge of HDL and FPGA architecture and some experience with the Vivado Design Suite.
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  • Designing FPGA's Using the Vivado Design Suite 1 course
  • Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design Suite 2 course
  • Intermediate HDL knowledge (VHDL or Verilog)
  • Solid digital design background

Optional Videos

  • Basic HDL Coding Techniques
  • Power Estimation

Software Tools 

  • Vivado System Edition 2019.1


  • Architecture: UltraScale and 7 series FPGA's*
  • Demo board(optional): Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 board*

* This course focuses on the 7 series architecture. Contact us for the specifics of the in-class lab board or other customizations.

Skills Gained

After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the necessary skills to:

  • Employ good alternative design practices to improve design reliability
  • Define a properly constrained design
  • Apply baseline constraints to determine if internal timing paths meet design timing objectives
  • Optimize HDL code to maximize the FPGA resources that are infered and meet performance goals
  • Build a more reliable design that is less vulnerable to metastability problems and requires less design debugging later in the development cycle
  • Increase performance by utilizing FPGA design techniques
  • Use Vivado Design Suite reports and utilities to full advantage, especially the Clock Interaction report
  • Describe how to enable remote debug.

Course Outline

 Day 1


  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Implementation

Introduces the methodology guidelines covered in this course.


  • Vivado Design Suite Non-Project Mode

Create a design in the Vivado Design Suite non-project mode.


  •  Baselining

Use Xilinx-recommended baselining procedures to progressively

meet timing closure. {Lecture, Lab, Demo}

  •  Pipelining

Use pipelining to improve design performance. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Inference

Infer Xilinx dedicated hardware resources by writing appropriate

HDL code. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Revision Control Systems in the Vivado Design Suite

Use version control systems with Vivado design flows. {Lecture,


  • Timing Simulation

Simulate the design post-implementation to verify that a design

works properly on hardware. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Synchronization Circuits

Use synchronization circuits for clock domain crossings. {Lecture,

Lab, Case Study}


Day 2


  • Report Clock Interaction

Use the clock interaction report to identify interactions between

clock domains. {Lecture, Demo}

  • Report Datasheet

Use the datasheet report to find the optimal setup and hold

margin for an I/O interface. {Lecture, Demo}

  • Report QoR

Use the QoR Assessment and QoR Suggestions reports to

analyze the timing for a design. {Lecture}

  • Dynamic Power Estimation Using Vivado Report Power

Use an SAIF (switching activity interface format) file to determine

accurate power consumption for a design. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Configuration Modes

Understand various configuration modes and select the suitable

mode for a design. {Lecture}

  •  Netlist Insertion Debug Probing Flow

Covers the netlist insertion flow of the debug using the Vivado

logic analyzer. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Sampling and Capturing Data in Multiple Clock Domains

Overview of debugging a design with multiple clock domains that

require multiple ILAs. {Lecture, Lab}

  • JTAG to AXI Master Core

Use this debug core to write/read data to/from a peripheral

connected to an AXI interface in a system that is running in

hardware. {Lecture, Demo}

  • Debug Flow in an IP Integrator Block Design

Insert the debug cores into IP integrator block designs. {Lecture,Lab}

  • Remote Debugging Using the Vivado Logic Analyzer

Use the Vivado logic analyzer to configure an FPGA, set up

triggering, and view the sampled data from a remote location.

{Lecture, Lab}

  • Manipulating Design Properties Using Tcl

Query your design and make pin assignments by using various

Tcl commands. {Lecture, Lab}

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