Designing with the Versal ACAP: Architecture and Methodology


Course Description

This course helps you to learn about Versal® ACAP architecture and
design methodology.
The emphasis of this course is on:
▪ Reviewing the architecture of the Versal ACAP
▪ Describing the different engines available in the Versal
architecture and what resources they contain
▪ Utilizing the hardened blocks available in the Versal architecture
▪ Using the design tools and methodology provided by Xilinx to
create complex systems
▪ Describing the network on chip (NoC) and AI Engine concepts
and their architectures
▪ Performing system-level simulation and debugging
What's New for 2022.1
▪ Introduced Versal HBM series and comparison for device
resources among different Versal series devices
▪ Updated information on primary and secondary boot modes and
PLM libraries
▪ Added information on asymmetric hardware root of trust and
symmetric hardware root of trust
▪ Added information on high bandwidth memory interfaces
▪ Added information on power awareness
▪ All labs have been updated to the latest software versions

Level: ACAP 1
Course Duration: 4 days - 6 hours
Price: $2700 or 27 Xilinx Training Credits
Course Part Number: ACAP-ARCH
Who Should Attend?: – Software and hardware developers, system
architects, and anyone who wants to learn about the architecture of the
Xilinx Versal ACAP device

  • Prerequisites
    ▪ Comfort with the C/C++ programming language
    ▪ Vitis™ IDE software development flow
    ▪ Hardware development flow with the Vivado® Design Suite
    ▪ Basic knowledge of UltraScale™/UltraScale+™ FPGAs and Zynq®
    UltraScale+ MPSoCs
    Software Tools
    ▪ Vivado Design Suite 2022.1
    ▪ Vitis unified software platform 2022.1
    ▪ PetaLinux Tools 2022.1
    ▪ Architecture: Xilinx Versal ACAPs
    Demo board: Versal ACAP VCK190 ES1 Evaluation Platform



After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the
necessary skills to:
▪ Describe the Versal ACAP architecture at a high level
▪ Describe the various engines in the Versal ACP device
▪ Use the various blocks from the Versal architecture to create
complex systems
▪ Perform system-level simulation and debugging
▪ Identify and apply different design methodologies

Course Outline

  • Introduction Talks about the need for Versal devices
  • Architecture Overview Provides a high-level overview of the Versal architecture, illustrating the various engines available in the the Versal architecture. {Lecture}
  • Design Tool Flow Maps the various engines in the Versal architecture to the tools required and describes how to target them for final image assembly. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Adaptable Engines (PL) Describes the logic resources available in the Adaptable Engine. {Lecture}
  • Processing System Reviews the Cortex™-A72 processor APU and Cortex-R5 processor RPU that form the Scalar Engine. The platform management controller (PMC), processing system manager (PSM), I/O peripherals, and PS-PL interfaces are also covered. {Lecture}
  • PMC and Boot and Configuration Describes the platform management controller, platform loader and manager (PLM) software and boot and configuration. {Lecture, Lab}
  •  SelectIO Resources Describes the I/O bank, SelectIO™ interface, and I/O delay features. {Lecture}
  • Clocking Architecture Discusses the clocking architecture, clock buffers, clock routing, clock management functions, and clock de-skew. {Lecture, Lab}
  • System Interrupts Discusses the different system interrupts and interrupt controllers. {Lecture}
  • Timers, Counters, and RTC Provides an overview of timers and counters, including the system counter, triple timer counter (TTC), watchdog timer, and real-time clock (RTC). {Lecture}
  • Software Build Flow Provides an overview of the different build flows, such as the do it yourself, Yocto Project, and PetaLinux tool flows. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Software Stack Reviews the Versal ACAP bare-metal, FreeRTOS, and Linux software stack and their components. {Lecture}
  • DSP Engine Describes the DSP58 slice and compares the DSP58 slice with the DSP48 slice. DSP58 modes are also covered in detail. {Lecture}
  • AI Engine Discusses the AI Engine array architecture, terminology, and AIE interfaces. {Lecture}
  • NoC Introduction and Concepts Covers the reasons to use the network on chip, its basic elements, and common terminology. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Device Memory Describes the available memory resources, such as block RAM, UltraRAM, LUTRAM, embedded memory, OCM, and DDR. The integrated memory controllers are also covered. {Lecture}
  • Programming Interfaces Reviews the various programming interfaces in the Versal ACAP. {Lecture}
  • Application Partitioning Covers what application partitioning is and how the mapping of resources based on the models of computation can be performed. {Lecture}
  • PCI Express & CCIX Provides an overview of the CCIX PCIe module and describes the PL and CPM PCIe blocks. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Serial Transceivers Describes the transceivers in the Versal ACAP. {Lecture}
  • Power and Thermal Solutions Discusses the power domains in the Versal ACAP as well as power optimization and analysis techniques. Thermal design challenges are also covered. {Lecture}
  • Debugging Covers the Versal ACAP debug interfaces, such as the test access port (TAP), debug access port (DAP) controller, and high-speed debug port (HSDP). {Lecture, Lab}
  • Security Features Describes the security features of the Versal ACAP. {Lecture}
  • System Simulation Explains how to perform system-level simulation in a Versal ACAP design. {Lecture, Lab}
  • System Design Methodology Reviews the Xilinx-recommended methodology for designing a system. {Lecture}

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