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SystemVerilog for Designers ONLINE

SystemVerilog as a first or second language for FPGA or ASIC design

Standard Level - 5 sessions


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PLEASE NOTE: This is a LIVE INSTRUCTOR-LED training event delivered ONLINE.

It covers the same scope and content, and delivers similar learning outcomes, as a scheduled face-to face class.


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SystemVerilog (IEEE 1800™), the successor to the Verilog® hardware description language, has become the dominant language standard for functional verification. SystemVerilog significantly enhances the capabilities of Verilog in a number of areas, offering productivity improvements for RTL designers, assertions, and constrained random stimulus generation for verification engineers.

SystemVerilog for Designers ONLINE prepares the engineer for practical project readiness for FPGA or ASIC design, including RTL synthesis, block-level test benches, and FPGA design flows. Delegates targeting FPGAs will take away a flexible project infra-structure which includes a set of scripts, example designs, modules and constraint files to use, adapt and extend on their own projects. While the emphasis is on the practical SystemVerilog-to-hardware flow for FPGA devices, this training course also provides the essential foundation needed by ASIC and FPGA designers wishing to go on to use the advanced features of SystemVerilog for functional verification.

SystemVerilog for Designers ONLINE is suitable for delegates with existing experience of Verilog or VHDL as well as for those who are learning SystemVerilog as their first hardware description language. For verification teams who are looking to use the class-based features of SystemVerilog for constrained random functional verification, Doulos provides Modular SystemVerilog for in-house training options.

Workshops comprise approximately 50% of class time, and are based around carefully designed exercises to reinforce and challenge the extent of learning.

The course includes specific lab support for tool sets from the leading FPGA vendors including the vendor's native simulation and place-and-route tools.

What you will learn

  • The SystemVerilog language concepts and constructs essential for FPGA and ASIC design
  • How to write SystemVerilog for effective RTL synthesis
  • How to write simple and efficient module-based (as opposed to class-based) SystemVerilog test benches
  • The tool flow from SystemVerilog through simulation, synthesis and FPGA place-and-route
  • How to write high quality SystemVerilog code that reflects best practice in the industry
  • How to write re-usable, parameterisable SystemVerilog code by exploiting parameters

Who should attend?

  • Digital hardware design engineers who wish to learn how to use SystemVerilog for FPGA or ASIC hardware design at the register-transfer level (RTL) and for block-level verification
  • Engineers and managers who wish to evaluate SystemVerilog for ASIC or FPGA design and block-level verification
  • EDA support engineers who wish to understand how their customers' design teams can most productively use SystemVerilog

Prerequisites

  • Delegates should have a good working knowledge of digital hardware design, or have attended Essential Digital Design Techniques (or equivalent)
  • Some previous experience of RTL design using Verilog or VHDL is desirable, but not required

Training materials

Doulos class materials are renowned for being the most comprehensive and user friendly available. Their style, content and coverage is unique in the HDL training world, and has made them sought after resources in their own right. The materials include:

  • Fully indexed class notes creating a complete reference manual
  • Workbook full of practical examples and solutions to help you apply your knowledge
  • Doulos SystemVerilog Golden Reference Guide for language, syntax, semantics and tips

Structure and content

Introduction

The scope and application of SystemVerilog • Design and tool flow • FPGAs • Introduction to synthesis and synchronous design • SystemVerilog resources

Modules

Modules • Ports • Continuous assignments • Comments • Names • Design hierarchy • Module instantiation • Port connection shorthand • Test benches • Simple procedures

Numbers and formatting

Numbers • 2-valued & 4-valued logic • Vectors • Bit and part select • System calls • Output formatting • Time units • Strings • Always blocks • Ending simulation

Always blocks and Synthesis

Overview of RTL Synthesis • Event controls • if • begin & end • Combinational logic • always_comb • Synthesis of flip-flops and latches • Avoiding race hazards • Blocking & non-blocking assignments • Dealing with the scheduler and with clock skew • always_ff •Synchronous & asynchronous resets • Clock enables • Incomplete assignment and latches • Conditional operator •

Procedural Statements

case • casez & casex • unique & priority • for • repeat • while • do • forever • break • continue • Labels • local variables

Operators and Names

Bitwise, logical, reduction, and equality operators • Concatenation • Replication • Shift operators • Hierarchical names

Finite State Machines

State machines architecture • Coding styles for state machines • enum • State encoding • Unreachable states and input hazards

Types and Packages

Integer types • vector arithmetic • signed & unsigned values • struct • packed • typedef • packed & unpacked arrays • modeling RAM • nets, ports & data types • package • using • Scope resolution

Randomization and Coverage

Constrained Random Verification • Random Numbers in SystemVerilog • std::randomize • Constraint Syntax •Functional Coverage • Covergroup Syntax • Coverage Bins • Cross Coverage

File Organization and Parameterized Modules

Compilation units • Compiler directives • include • Macros • Conditional compilation • parameter • localparam • Parameter overriding • Parameterized modules • generate

Tasks and Functions

task • function • Argument passing • return • local declarations • automatic

Interfaces

Simple Interface • Package versus Interface • Instantiating an Interface • Accessing Interface Members • Ports and Parameters on Interfaces • Pin-Level Interface • Modports • Generic Interface Ports • Task/Function in Interface • Calling Task through Interface Port

SystemVerilog Assertions

What are Properties? • Property versus Assertion • Immediate and Concurrent Assertions • Immediate Assertions • Assertion Failure Severity • Concurrent Assertions • Temporal Behaviour • Clocks and Default Clocks • Holds and Implication • Concatenation and Repetition • Simulation of Assertions

Course Dates:
March 4th, 2019 ONLINE Americas Enquire
May 13th, 2019 ONLINE EurAsia Enquire
June 10th, 2019 ONLINE Americas Enquire
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