This course will update experienced ISE software users to utilize the Vivado Design Suite. Learn the underlying database and static timing analysis (STA) mechanisms. Utilize Tcl for navigating the design, creating Xilinx design constraints (XDC), and creating timing reports. Learn to make appropriate timing constraints for SDR, DDR, source-synchronous, and system-synchronous interfaces for your FPGA design.
You will also learn to make path-specific, false path, and min/max timing constraints, as well as learn about timing constraint priority in the Vivado timing engine. Finally, you will learn about the scripting environment of the Vivado Design Suite and how to use the project-based scripting flow.
You will also learn the FPGA design best practices and skills to be successful using the Vivado Design Suite. This includes the necessary skills to improve design speed and reliability, including: system reset design, synchronization circuits, optimum HDL coding techniques, and timing closure techniques using the Vivado software. This course encapsulates this information with an UltraFast™ design methodology case study. The UltraFast design methodology checklist is also introduced.
Who should attend?Existing Xilinx ISE Design Suite FPGA designers
• Completion of the Vivado Design Suite for ISE Project Navigator Users course is strongly recommended.
• Working HDL knowledge (VHDL or Verilog)• Digital design experience
Vivado® System Edition 2017.3
Architecture: UltraScale™ and 7 series FPGAs*
- Demo board: None*
Skills Gained: After completing this training, you will be able to:
• Create appropriate clock and input, output delay constraints and describe timing reports that involve input and output paths
• Analyze different timing reports
• Define a properly constrained design
• Describe setup and hold checks and describe the components of a timing report
• Identify key areas to optimize your design to meet your design goals and performance objectives
• Describe all of the options available with the report_timing and report_timing_summary commands
• Build a more reliable design that is less vulnerable to metastability problems and requires less design debugging later in the
• Describe the timing constraints required to constrain system-synchronous and source-synchronous interfaces
• Identify timing closure techniques using the Vivado® Design Suite
• Describe how the UltraFast design methodology techniques work effectively through case studies and lab experiences
Lab 1: Introduction to Clock Constraints
Apply clock constraints and perform timing analysis.
Lab 2: I/O Constraints and Virtual Clocks
Apply I/O constraints and perform timing analysis.
Lab 3: Timing Constraints Wizard
Use the Timing Constraints Wizard to apply missing timing constraints in a design.
Lab 4: Introduction to Timing Exceptions
Introduces timing exception constraints and applying them to fine tune design timing.
Lab 5: Synchronization Circuits
Use synchronization circuits for clock domain crossings.
Lab 6: Baselining
Use Xilinx-recommended baselining procedures to progressively meet timing closure.
Lab 7: Pipelining
Use pipelining to improve design performance.
Lab 8: Source-Synchronous I/O Timing
Apply I/O delay constraints and perform static timing analysis for a source-synchronous, double data rate (DDR) interface.
Lab 9: Physical Optimization
Use physical optimization techniques for timing closure.
Essential Tcl Scripting for the Vivado Design Suite course
- Vivado Design Suite for ISE Software Project Navigator Users course
1. Introduction to Clock Constraints
2. Generated Clocks
Use the report clock networks report to determine if there are any generated clocks in a design.
3. Report Clock Networks
Use report clock networks to view the primary and generated clocks in a design.
4. Clock Group Constraints
Apply clock group constraints for asynchronous clock domains.
5. I/O Constraints and Virtual Clocks
6. Timing Constraints Wizard
7. Introduction to Vivado Reports
Generate and use Vivado timing reports to analyze failed timing paths.
8. Setup and Hold Timing Analysis
Understand setup and hold timing analysis
9. Timing Summary Report
Use the post-implementation timing summary report to sign-off criteria for timing closure.
10. Report Clock Interaction
Use the clock interaction report to identify interactions between clock domains.
11. Introduction to Timing Exceptions
12. Timing Constraints Priority
Identify the priority of timing constraints.
13. Synchronization Circuits
14. Report Datasheet
Use the datasheet report to find the optimal setup and hold margin for an I/O interface.
15. UltraFast Design Methodology: Implementation
Introduces the methodology guidelines covered in this course.
18. I/O Timing Scenarios
Overview of various I/O timing scenarios, such as source- and system-synchronous, direct/MMCM capture, and
edge/center aligned data.
19. System-Synchronous I/O Timing
Apply I/O delay constraints and perform static timing analysis for a system-synchronous input interface.
20. Source-Synchronous I/O Timing
21. Introduction to Floorplanning
Introduction to floor planning and how to use Pblocks while floor planning.
Identifies congestion and addresses congestion issues.
23. Physical Optimization
24. UltraFast Design Methodology: Design Closure
Introduces the design methodology guidelines covered in this course.