Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design Suite 4


Course Description

Learn how to use the advanced aspects of the Vivado® Design Suite and Xilinx hardware.

The focus is on:
▪ Applying timing constraints for source-synchronous and system-synchronous interfaces
▪ Utilizing floorplanning techniques
▪ Employing advanced implementation options
▪ Utilizing Xilinx security features
▪ Identifying advanced FPGA configurations
▪ Debugging a design at the device startup phase
▪ Using Tcl scripting in non-project batch flows This is the final course in the Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design Suite Series

Level: FPGA 4

Course Duration: 2 days
Course Part Number: FPGA-VDES4-ILT
Who Should Attend? Engineers who seek advanced training in using Xilinx tools to improve FPGA performance and utilization while also increasing productivity
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  • Designing FPGA's Using the Vivado Design Suite 2 course
  • Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design Suite 3 course
  • At lease six months of design experience with Xilinx tools and FPGAs

Software Tools 

  • Vivado System Edition 2022.1


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

* This course focuses on the UltraScale architecture. Check with your
local Authorized Training Provider for specifics or other customizations.

  • After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the necessary skills to:
  • Apply appropriate I/O timing constraints and design modifications for source-synchronous and system-synchronous interfaces 
  • Analyze a timing report to identify how to center the clock in the data eye 
  • Utilize floorplanning techniques to improve design performance 
  • Employ advanced implementation options, such as incremental compile flow, physical optimization techniques, and re-entrant mode as last mile strategies 
  • Utilize Xilinx security features, bitstream encryption, and authentication using AES for design and IP security 
  • Identify advanced FPGA configurations, such as daisy chains and gangs, for configuring multiple FPGAs in a design 
  • Debug a design at the device startup phase to debug issues related to startup events, such as MMCM lock and design coming out of reset 
  • Use Tcl scripting in non-project batch flows to synthesize, implement, and generate custom timing reports 

Course Outline  2022.1

Day 1

  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Design Closure: Introduces the UltraFast™ design methodology guidelines covered in this course. {Lecture}
  • Scripting in Vivado Design Suite Non-Project Mode: Write Tcl commands in the non-project batch flow for a design. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Hierarchical Design: Overview of the hierarchical design flows in the Vivado Design Suite. {Lecture}
  •  Managing Remote IP: Store IP and related files remote to the current working project directory. {Lecture, Lab}
  •  I/O Timing Scenarios: Overview of various I/O timing scenarios, such as source- and system-synchronous, direct/MMCM capture, and edge/center aligned data. {Lecture}
  • System-Synchronous I/O Timing: Apply I/O delay constraints and perform static timing analysis for a system-synchronous input interface. {Lecture, Demo}
  • Source-Synchronous I/O Timing:  Apply I/O delay constraints and perform static timing analysis for a source-synchronous, double data rate (DDR) interface. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Timing Constraints Priority: Identify the priority of timing constraints. {Lecture}
  • Case Analysis: Understand how to analyze timing when using multiplexed clocks in a design. {Lecture}
  •  Introduction to Floorplanning: Introduction to floorplanning and how to use Pblocks while floorplanning. {Lecture}
  • Design Analysis and Floorplanning: Explore the pre- and post implementation design analysis features of the Vivado IDE. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Congestion: Identifies congestion and addresses congestion issues. {Lecture}
  • Introduction to the Xilinx Tcl Store: Introduces the Xilinx Tcl Store. {Lecture, Demo}
  • Incremental Compile Flow: Utilize the incremental compile flow when making last-minute RTL changes. {Lecture, Lab}

Day 2

  •  Timing Closure Using Physical Optimization Techniques: Use physical optimization techniques for timing closure. {Lecture, Lab}
  •  Vivado Design Suite ECO Flow: Use the ECO flow to make changes to a previously implemented design and apply changes to the original design. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Power Management Techniques: Identify techniques used for low power design. {Lecture}
  •  Daisy Chains and Gangs in Configuration: Introduces advanced configuration schemes for multiple FPGAs. {Lecture}
  •  Bitstream Security: Understand the Xilinx bitstream security features such as readback disable, bitstream encryption, and authentication {Lecture, Demo}
  •  Vivado Design Suite Debug Methodology: Understand and follow the debug core recommendations. Employ the debug methodology for debugging a design using the Vivado logic analyzer. {Lecture}
  • Trigger and Debug at Device Startup: Debug the events around the device startup. {Lecture, Demo}
  •  Trigger Using the Trigger State Machine in the Vivado Logic Analyzer: Use trigger state machine code to trigger the ILA and capture data in the Vivado logic analyzer. {Lecture, Lab}
  •  Debugging the Design Using Tcl Commands: Use Tcl scripting for VLA designs for adding probes and making connections to probes. {Lecture, Lab}
  •  Using Procedures in Tcl Scripting: Employ procedures in Tcl scripting. {Lecture}
  • Using Lists in Tcl Scripting: Employ lists in Tcl scripting. {Lecture}
  •  Using regexp in Tcl Scripting: Use regular expressions to find a pattern in a text file while scripting an action in the Vivado Design Suite. {Lecture, Lab}
  •  Debugging and Error Handling in Tcl Scripts: Understand how to debug errors in a Tcl script. {Lecture}

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