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Course Overview

Course Description
Learn how to construct, implement, and download a Dynamic Function eXchange (DFX) FPGA design using the Vivado® Design Suite. This course covers both the tool flow and mechanics of successfully creating a DFX design.
The emphasis of this course is on:
▪ Identifying best design practices and understanding the subtleties of the DFX design flow
▪ Using the DFX Controller and DFX Decoupler IP in the DFX process
▪ Implementing DFX in an embedded system environment
▪ Applying appropriate debugging techniques on DFX designs
▪ Employing best practice coding styles for a DFX system
Level – FPGA 4 Course Details ▪ 2 days ILT ▪ 17 lectures ▪ 8 labs ▪ 2 demos Course Part Number – FPGA-DFX Who Should Attend? – Digital designers who have a working knowledge of HDL (VHDL or Verilog) and the Xilinx design methodology and who have need to understand Dynamic Function eXchange techniques Prerequisites ▪ Designing FPGAs with the Vivado Design Suite 2 course ▪ Designing FPGAs with the Vivado Design Suite 3 course ▪ Designing FPGAs with the Vivado Design Suite 4 course ▪ Working HDL knowledge (VHDL or Verilog) Software Tools ▪ Vivado Design Suite 2020.2 ▪ Vitis™ unified software platform 2020.2 Hardware ▪ Demo board: Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC ZCU104 board*
* Check with your local Authorized Training Provider 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 what Dynamic Function eXchange is
▪ Define DFX regions and Reconfigurable Modules with the Vivado® Design Suite
▪ Generate the appropriate full and partial bitstreams for a DFX design
▪ Implement a nested DFX design
▪ Use the ICAP and PCAP components to deliver the partially reconfigurable systems
▪ Implement a DFX system using the DFX Controller IP
▪ Identify how Dynamic Function eXchange affects various silicon resources, including block RAM, IOBs, fabric, and MGTs
▪ Implement a Dynamic Function eXchange system using the following techniques
▪ Direct JTAG connection, floorplanning, and timing constraints and analysis
▪ Debug a DFX designs using the Vivado Design Suite
▪ Implement a DFX system in an embedded environment using the Vitis IDE

Course Outline:

Course Outline
Day 1
Basics of DFX
▪ Introduction to Dynamic Function eXchange (DFX)
Explains what Dynamic Function eXchange is and defines the terminologies used in DFX. Also provides an overview of the configuration and reconfiguration processes. {Lecture, Demo}
DFX Tool Flow
▪ DFX Flow Using the Vivado Design Suite GUI
Illustrates the steps for creating a DFX project in the Vivado Design Suite and describes various supported and unsupported features. {Lecture, Lab}
▪ DFX Flow Using Vivado Design Suite Tcl Commands
Reviews the flow using non-project-based commands, including using implementation constraints and specific characteristics. {Lecture, Lab}
▪ Nested DFX
Describes using nested DFX, the process by which a Reconfigurable Partition (RP) can be segmented into smaller regions, each of which is partially reconfigurable. {Lecture, Lab}
▪ Abstract Shell for Dynamic Function eXchange
Describes how compilation time can be reduced by using an Abstract shell (UltraScale+ devices only). {Lecture}
DFX Design Considerations for Xilinx Devices
▪ DFX Design Considerations for All Xilinx Devices
Covers the requirements, characteristics, and limitations associated with DFX designs that can simplify the debug process and reduce the risk of design malfunctions. {Lecture}
▪ DFX Design Considerations for 7 Series, Zynq SoC, UltraScale, and UltraScale+ Devices
Discusses DFX design consideration methodologies for various Xilinx device families. {Lecture}
DFX Design-Specific IP Blocks
▪ DFX Intellectual Property (IP)
Reviews the various IPs that are specifically for use with with DFX designs. {Lecture, Lab, Demo}

Day 2
DFX Configuration
▪ Configuring Devices Using DFX
Reviews the basics of configuration and various configuration modes. {Lecture}
▪ Configuration Parameters
Covers various configuration parameters, including factors that affect configuration time and configuration debugging. {Lecture}
▪ DFX Bitstreams
Describes the different types of bitstreams for DFX compilation, including full, partial, blanking, and clearing. {Lecture}

▪ DFX Bitstream Integrity

Describes partial bit file integrity and implementing DFX through the ICAP for FPGA devices. {Lecture}

DFX Design Analysis and Debugging

▪ Floorplanning a DFX Design

Demonstrates how to create Pblocks for various devices and how to create a floorplan for a reconfigurable region. {Lecture, Lab}

▪ DFX Timing Analysis and Constraints

Illustrates how and when to apply different constraint files, the process of performing a DFX timing-level simulation, and the process of performing static timing analysis on a DFX design. {Lecture, Lab}

▪ DFX Debugging

Illustrates DFX debugging techniques using Vivado Design Suite debug cores. {Lecture, Lab}

DFX Designs in Embedded Systems

▪ DFX in Embedded Systems

Describes the embedded design flow in the Vivado Design Suite, the advantages of using a processor with DFX, and how to connect a processor to the PCAP to control DFX using the Vitis IDE. {Lecture, Lab}

▪ DFX Designs Using the PCIe Core

Reviews the advantages of using a PCIe core in a DFX design. {Lecture}