Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design Suite 1


Course Description

This course offers introductory training on the Vivado® Design Suite and demonstrates the FPGA design flow for those uninitiated to FPGA design.
The course provides experience with:
▪ Creating a Vivado Design Suite project with source files
▪ Simulating a design
▪ Performing pin assignments
▪ Applying basic timing constraints
▪ Synthesizing and implementing
▪ Debugging a design
▪ Generating and downloading a bitstream onto a demo board
What's New for 2020.1
▪ Introduction to FPGA Architecture, 3D ICs, SoCs: Description of 20nm FPGA capabilities
▪ HDL Coding Techniques: Auto-pipelining considerations
▪ Vivado Synthesis and Implementation: Clarification on PhysOpt option enablement in the Default implementation strategy
▪ Basics of Static Timing Analysis and Calculating Setup and Hold Timing: Previous Setup and Hold Timing Analysis topic split into these two topics

Level: FPGA 1

Course Duration: 2 days
Price: $1600 or 16 Xilinx Training Credits
Course Part Number: FPGA-VDES1
Who Should Attend?:Digital designers new to FPGA design who need the learn the FPGA design cycle and the major aspects of the Vivado Design Suite.
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  • Basic knowledge of the VHDL or Verilog language
  • Digital design knowledge

Recommended Recorded Videos

  • Basic FPGA Architecture: Slice and I/O Resources
  • Basic FPGA Architecture: Memory and Clocking Resources

Software Tools 

  • Vivado System Edition 2020.1


▪ Architecture: UltraScale™ family**
▪ Demo board: Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC ZCU104 board**

** This course focuses on the UltraScale architecture. Check with your local Authorized Training Provider for the specifics of the in-class lab board or other customizations.
After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the necessary skills to:
▪ Use the New Project Wizard to create a new Vivado IDE project
▪ Describe the supported design flows of the Vivado IDE
▪ Generate a DRC report to detect and fix design issues early in the flow
▪ Use the Vivado IDE I/O Planning layout to perform pin assignments
▪ Synthesize and implement the HDL design
▪ Apply clock and I/O timing constraints and perform timing analysis
▪ Describe the "baselining" process to gain timing closure on a design
▪ Use the Schematic and Hierarchy viewers to analyze and cross-probe a design
▪ Use the Vivado logic analyzer and debug cores to debug a design

Course Outline

Day 1

Introduction to FPGA Architecture, 3D ICs, SoCs
Overview of FPGA architecture, SSI technology, and SoC device architecture {Lecture}
▪ UltraFast Design Methodology: Board and Device Planning
Introduces the methodology guidelines covered in this course and the Ultrafast Design Methodology checklist. {Lecture, Demo}
▪ HDL Coding Techniques
Covers basic digital coding guidelines used in an FPGA design. {Lecture}
▪ Introduction to Vivado Design Flows
Introduces the Vivado design flows: the project flow and non-project batch flow. {Lecture}
▪ Vivado Design Suite Project-based Flow
Introduces the project-based flow in the Vivado Design Suite: creating a project, adding files to the project, exploring the Vivado IDE, and simulating the design.{Lecture, Lab}
▪ Behavioral Simulation
Describes the process of behavioral simulation and the simulation options available in the Vivado® IDE. {Lecture}
▪ Vivado Synthesis and Implementation
Create timing constraints according to the design scenario and synthesize and implement the design. Optionally, generate and download the bitstream to the demo board. {Lecture, Lab}
▪ Basic Design Analysis in the Vivado IDE
Use the various design analysis features in the Vivado Design Suite. {Lab, Demo}
▪ Vivado Design Rule Checks
Run a DRC report on the elaborated design to detect design issues early in the flow. Fix the DRC violations. {Lab}
▪ Vivado Design Suite I/O Pin Planning
Use the I/O Pin Planning layout to perform pin assignments in a design. {Lecture, Lab}
▪ Vivado IP Flow
Customize IP, instantiate IP, and verify the hierarchy of your design IP. {Lecture, Demo, Lab}

Day 2

Introduction to Clock Constraints
Apply clock constraints and perform timing analysis. {Lecture, Demo, Lab}
▪ Generated Clocks
Use the report clock networks report to determine if there are any generated clocks in a design. {Lecture, Demo}
▪ I/O Constraints and Virtual Clocks
Apply I/O constraints and perform timing analysis. {Lecture, Lab}  Timing Constraints Wizard Use the Timing Constraints Wizard to apply missing timing constraints in a design. {Lecture, Lab}
▪ Introduction to Vivado Reports
Generate and use Vivado timing reports to analyze failed timing paths. {Lecture, Demo}
▪ Basics of Static Timing Analysis
Describes the basics of static timing analysis. {Lecture}
▪ Calculating Setup and Hold Timing
Reviews setup and hold timing calculations. {Lecture}
▪ Xilinx Power Estimator Spreadsheet
Estimate the amount of resources and default activity rates for a design and evaluate the estimated power calculated by XPE. {Lecture, Lab}
▪ Introduction to FPGA Configuration
Describes how FPGAs can be configured. {Lecture}
▪ Introduction to the Vivado Logic Analyzer
Overview of the Vivado logic analyzer for debugging a design. {Lecture, Demo}
▪ Introduction to Triggering
Introduces the trigger capabilities of the Vivado logic analyzer. {Lecture}
▪ Debug Cores
Understand how the debug hub core is used to connect debug cores in a design. {Lecture}
▪ Introduction to the Tcl Environment
Introduces Tcl (tool command language). {Lecture, Lab}
▪ Using Tcl Commands in the Vivado Design Suite Project Flow
Explains what Tcl commands are executed in a Vivado Design Suite project flow. {Lecture, Demo}
▪ Tcl Syntax and Structure
Understand the Tcl syntax and structure. {Lecture}

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