Training Duration: 2 days
This course teaches hardware designers who are new to high-speed memory I/O to design a memory interface in Xilinx FPGAs. It introduces designers to the basic concepts of high-speed memory I/O design, implementation, and debugging using Xilinx 7 series FPGAs.
Additionally, students will learn about the tools available for high-speed memory interface design, debug and implementation of high-speed memory interfaces.
The major memory types covered are DDR2 and DDR3. The following memory types are covered on demand: RLDRAMII, LPDDR2, and QDRII+. Labs are available for DDR3 on the Kintex®-7 FPGA KC705 board.
FPGA designers and logic designers
- VHDL or Verilog experience or Designing with VHDL or Designing with Verilog course
- Familiarity with logic design: state machines and synchronous design
Helpful/nice to have:
- Basic knowledge of FPGA architecture and Xilinx implementation tools
- Familiarity with I/O basics and high-speed I/O standrd
- Familiarity with I/O basics
- Familiarity with high-speed I/O standards
- Vivado® Design or System Edition 2015.1
- Mentor Graphics Questa Advanced Simulator 10.3d
- Mentor Graphics HyperLynx SI 9.x
- Architecture: 7 series FPGAs*
- Demo board: Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 board*
* This course focuses on the 7 series FPGA architectures. Please contact Doulos
for the specifics of the in-class lab board or other customizations.
After completing this comprehensive training, you will know how to:
- Identify the FPGA resources required for memory interfaces
- Describe different types of memories
- Utilize the Xilinx tools to generate memory interface designs
- Simulate memory interfaces with the Xilinx ISim simulator
- Implement memory interfaces
- Identify the board design options for the realization of memory interfaces
- Test and debug your memory interface design
- Run basic memory interface signal integrity simulations
- Course Introduction
- 7 Series FPGAs Overview
- Memory Devices Overview
- 7 Series Memory Interface Resources
- Memory Controller Details and Signals
- MIG Design Generation
- Lab 1: MIG Core Generation
- MIG Design Simulation
- Lab 2: MIG Design Simulation
- Memory Design Implementation
- Lab 3: MIG Design Implementation
- Memory Interface Test and Debugging
- Lab 4: MIG Design Debugging
- MIG in Embedded Designs
- Lab 5: MIG in IP Integrator
- Memory Interface Board-Level Design
- DDR3 PCB Simulation (optional)
- Lab 6: DDR3 Signal Integrity Simulation (optional)
- Lab 1: MIG Core Generation – Create a DDR3 memory controller using the Memory Interface Generator (MIG) in the Vivado IP catalog. Customize the soft core memory controller for the board.
- Lab 2: MIG Design Simulation – Simulate the memory controller created in Lab 1 using the Vivado simulator or Mentor Graphics QuestaSim simulator.
- Lab 3: MIG Design Implementation – Implement the memory controller created in the previous labs. Modify constraints, synthesize, implement, create the bitstream, program the FPGA, and check the functionality.
- Lab 4: MIG Design Debugging – Debug the memory interface design utilizing the Vivado logic analyzer.
- Lab 5: MIG in IP Integrator – Use the block design editor to include the MIG IP in a given processor design.
- Lab 6: DDR3 Signal Integrity Analysis – Learn basic signal analysis options to check waveforms and design optimization (optional).