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AMD - Vivado FPGA Design Essentials

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Training Duration: 3 days

Course description

This course covers all essential AMD FPGA design concepts. It affords you a solid foundation for leveraging AMD tools and technology.  We cover every aspect of FPGA design, from architectural considerations, to detailed timing constraints and static-timing-analysis (STA), to individual designer productivity.  The comprehensive range of topics derives from combining elements of both the “FPGA Design with Vivado DS” – Level 1 & Level 2 courses, along with the “Ultra-Fast Design Methodology” course.   This results in a uniquely broad range of coverage and skillsets packaged in a cost-effective time frame.  That maximizes your training budget ROI. Each session is organized to reinforce learning and retention.  Beyond the raw data, our certified instructors provide over-arching context and FPGA design insights.   

The emphasis of this course is on:

  • Getting started with Vivado™ DS
  • Effective and complete timing constraints
  • Key reports for analysis and debug

Hardware developers who are relatively new to AMD tools and technology and who still require high level QoR, and individual productivity.

  • Basic knowledge of the VHDL or Verilog language
  • Digital design knowledge

Essential Tcl for Vivado (online) teaches the essentials of the Tcl language with particular focus on its application within the AMD Vivado™ Design Suite. It can be taken independently either before or after Vivado Adopter training as convenient (subject to availability).

  • Vivado Design Suite

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

  • Create projects in Vivado DS
  • Optimize synthesis and implementation
  • Using graphical analysis tools within Vivado DS
  • Fully and properly constrain design for STA
  • Incorporate, generate and re-use IP cores
  • Understand key Vivado reports for design analysis
  • Insert debug cores as necessary
  • Configure FPGA under different scenarios
  • Describe the AMD FPGA front-to-back design flow

AMD Device Architectures

  • Introduction to FPGA Architecture, 3D ICs, SoCs, ACAPs
    Overview of FPGA architecture, SSI technology, etc.


HDL Techniques

  • HDL Coding Techniques
    Covers basic digital coding guidelines used in an FPGA design.


Vivado Tool Flow

  • Introduction to Vivado Design Flows
    Introduces the Vivado design flows: the project flow and non-project batch flow.
  • 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.


Design Analysis

  • Introduction to Vivado Reports
    Generate Vivado timing reports to analyze failed timing paths.



  • AMD Power Estimator Spreadsheet
    Estimate the amount of resources and default activity rates for a design and evaluate the estimated power calculated by XPE.


Synthesis and Implementation

  • 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.


Pin Planning

  • Vivado Design Suite I/O Pin Planning
    Use the I/O Pin Planning layout to perform pin assignments.


  • Using Tcl Commands in the Vivado DS Project Flow
    Explains what Tcl commands are executed in a Vivado Design Suite project flow.


Timing – Basics & Intermediate

  • Introduction to Clock Constraints
    Apply clock constraints and perform timing analysis.
  • Generated Clocks

    Use the report clock networks report to determine if there are any generated clocks in a design.

  • I/O Constraints and Virtual Clocks
    Apply I/O constraints and perform timing analysis.

  • Setup and Hold Violation Analysis
    Covers what setup and hold slack are and describes how to perform input/output setup and hold analysis.

    • Clock Group Constraints

    Apply clock group constraints for asynchronous clock domains.

    • Introduction to Timing Exceptions

    Introduces timing exception constraints and applying them to fine tune design timing.

    • Timing Constraints Wizard

    Use the Timing Constraints Wizard to apply missing timing constraints in a design.

    • Timing Constraints Editor

    Introduces the timing constraints editor tool to create timing constraints.

    • Timing Summary Report

    Use the post-implementation timing summary report to sign-off criteria for timing closure.



Clocking in the UltraScale and 7-Series Architecture

  • Clocking Resources
    Describes various clock resources, clocking layout, and routing in a design.  


Clock buffers in the UltraScale and 7-Series Architecture

  • Clock Buffers
    Describes all clocking buffers including MMCM, BUFG, BUGCE, etc.
  • Report Clock Networks
    Use report clock networks to view the primary and generated clocks in a design.  


I/O in the UltraScale and 7-Series Architecture

  • I/O Logic Resources
    Overview of I/O resources and the IOB property for timing closure.    


Design Techniques

  • Synchronous Design Techniques
    Introduces synchronous design techniques used in an FPGA design. 
  • Resets
    Investigates the impact of using asynchronous resets in a design.  



  • Power Analysis and Optimization Using the Vivado Design Suite
    Use report power commands to estimate power consumption.



  • Configuration Process 
    Reviews the FPGA configuration process, such as device power up, CRC checks, etc.  



  • HDL Instantiation Debug Probing Flow
    Covers the HDL instantiation flow to create and instantiate a VIO core and observe its behavior using the Vivado logic analyzer.  



  • Scripting in Vivado Design Suite Project Mode
    Explains how to write Tcl commands in the project-based flow for a design.


IP Integrator

  • Creating and Packaging Custom IP
    Create your own IP and package and include it in the Vivado IP catalog.
  • Using an IP Container
    Use a core container file as a single file representation for an IP.
  • Designing with the IP Integrator
    Use the Vivado IP integrator to create the uart_led subsystem.  


Vivado IP Catalog

  • Vivado IP Flow
    Customize IP, instantiate IP, and verify the hierarchy of your design IP.
  • Block Design Containers in the Vivado IP Integrator
    Describes the block design container (BDC) feature and shows how to create a BDC in the IP integrator.  



  • Introduction to the Vivado Logic Analyzer
    Overview of the Vivado logic analyzer for debugging a design.  
  • Introduction to Triggering
    Introduces the trigger capabilities of the Vivado logic analyzer.  
  • Debug Cores
    Understand how the debug hub core is used to connect debug cores in a design.  


UltraFast Design Methodology

  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Board and Device Planning
    Introduces the methodology guidelines covered in this course and the UltraFast Design Methodology checklist.  


UltraFast Design Methodology

  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Design Creation
    Overview of the methodology guidelines covered in this course.
  • Vivado Design Suite Project-based Flow
  • Basic Design Analysis in the Vivado IDE
  • Vivado Design Rule Checks (Featured)
  • AMD Power Estimator Spreadsheet  
  • Vivado Synthesis and Implementation
  • Vivado IP Flow
  • Vivado Design Suite I/O Pin Planning
  • Introduction to Clock Constraints
  • I/O Constraints and Virtual Clocks (Featured)
  • Timing Constraints Wizard
  • Introduction to the Tcl Environment
  • Resets
  • Clocking Resources
  • Creating and Packaging Custom IP
  • Designing with the IP Integrator (Featured)
  • Design Tool Flow
  • Introduction to Timing Exceptions
  • Power Analysis and Optimization Using the Vivado Design Suite
  • HDL Instantiation Debug Probing Flow
  • Scripting in Vivado Design Suite Project Mode
  • Design Analysis Using Tcl Commands (Featured)


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