Designing with Xilinx Serial Transceivers

Connectivity 3 | CONN-TRX

Course Description

Learn how to employ serial transceivers in UltraScale™ and UltraScale+™ FPGA designs or Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoC designs.
The focus is on:
▪ Identifying and using the features of the serial transceiver blocks, such as 8B/10B and 64B/66B encoding, channel bonding, clock correction, and comma detection
▪ Utilizing the Transceivers Wizards to instantiate transceiver primitives
▪ Synthesizing and implementing transceiver designs
▪ Taking into account board design as it relates to the transceivers
▪ Testing and debugging

Level: Connectivity 3 
Course Duration: 2 days 
Price: $1600 or 16Xilinx Training Credits 
Course Part Number: CONN-TRX
Who Should Attend?: FPGA designers and logic designers 
Registration: Register online in our secure store 


  • Verilog or VHDL experience (or the Designing with Verilog or the Designing with VHDL course)
  • Familiarity with logic design (state machines and synchronous design)
  • Basic knowledge of FPGA architecture and Xilinx implementation tools is helpful
  • Familiarity with serial I/O basics and high-speed serial I/O standards is also helpful

Software Tools

  • Vivado System Edition 2020.1
  • Mentor Graphics Questa Advanced Simulator 10.7


  • Architecture: All Ultrascale Architectures
  • Demo board: Kintex® UltraScale FPGA KCU105 board or Zynq
    UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104 board*

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

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

  • Describe and utilize the ports and attributes of the serial transceivers in the UltraScale FPGAs
  • Effectively utilize the following features of the gigabit transceivers:
    • 64B/66B and other encoding/decoding, comma detection, clock correction, and channel bonding
    • Pre-emphasis and linear equalization
  • Use the UltraScale FPGAs Transceivers Wizard to instantiate GT primitives in a design
  • Access appropriate reference material for board design issues involving the power supply, reference clocking, and trace design
  • Use the IBERT design to verify transceiver links on the real hardware

Course Outline: 2020.1

Day 1

▪ UltraScale, UltraScale+, Zynq UltraScale+ Device Transceivers Overview
▪ UltraScale, UltraScale+, Zynq UltraScale+ Device Transceivers Clocking and Resets
▪ Transceiver IP Generation – Transceiver Wizard
▪ Lab 1: Transceiver Core Generation
▪ Transceiver Simulation
▪ Lab 2: Transceiver Simulation
▪ PCS Layer General Functionality
▪ PCS Layer Encoding
▪ Lab 3: 64B/66B Encoding

Day 2

Transceiver Implementation
▪ Lab 4: Transceiver Implementation
▪ PMA Layer Details
▪ PMA Layer Optimization
▪ Lab 5: IBERT Design
▪ Transceiver Test and Debugging
▪ Lab 6: Transceiver Debugging
▪ Transceiver Board Design Considerations
▪ Transceiver Application Examples
▪ Optional: Additional modules on Virtex® UltraScale+ FPGA GTM transceiver architecture and functionality

Lab Descriptions

 Lab 1: Transceiver Core Generation – Use the Transceivers Wizard to create instantiation templates.
▪ Lab 2: Transceiver Simulation – Simulate the transceiver IP by using the IP example design.
▪ Lab 3: 64B/66B Encoding – Generate a 64B/66B transceiver core by using the Transceivers Wizard, simulate the design, and analyze the results.
▪ Lab 4: Transceiver Implementation – Implement the transceiver
 IP by using the IP example design.
▪ Lab 5: IBERT Design – Verify transceiver links on real hardware.
▪ Lab 6: Transceiver Debugging – Debug transceiver links.

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