100 POWER TIPS FOR FPGA DESIGNERS PDF

It is not evident from the title, but this book focuses almost entirely on the Xilinx, while Altera, Lattice and Microsemi are mentioned just briefly in an FPGA vendor list and every once in a while. Due to a fast-paced development of the FPGAs and corresponding tools, it is clear that a book from would be slightly outdated in Nonetheless, this book is ideal for somebody who already has some formal education about the FPGA but lacks the real world experience. The book as the title suggest is organized into tips. Here are my notes and comments to some tips this book provides. Tip 9 The FPGA field has seen some new tools emerge in the past few years, while some other tools ceased to exist or were integrated in other software suites.

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Any unauthorized use of the material in this book without the prior permission of Evgeni Stavinov may violate copyright, trademark and other applicable laws. Stratix, Arria, and Cyclone are trademarks of Altera Corporation. All other copyrights and trademarks are the property of their respective owner.

In addition, the publisher and the author do not represent or warrant that the information in this book accurate, complete or current. Writing a book takes time, commitment, and discipline. It also requires a very different skill set. Unfortunately, many engineers, including myself, are trained to use programming languages better than natural languages.

Despite all that, writing a book is definitely an intellectually rewarding experience. I would like to express my gratitude to all the people who have provided valuable ideas, reviewed technical contents, and edited the manuscript: my colleagues from SerialTek, former colleagues from Xilinx, technical bloggers, and many others.

Evgeni is a creator of OutputLogic. Contents Introduction 1. Introduction 2. FPGA Landscape 3. FPGA Applications 4. FPGA Architecture 5.

Lesser Known Xilinx Tools Naming Conventions Verilog Coding Style Instantiation vs. Inference Designing a Clocking Scheme Clock Domain Crossing Clock Synchronization Circuits Using FIFOs Counters Signed Arithmetic State machines Using Xilinx DSP48 primitive Reset Scheme Designing Shift Registers Interfacing to external devices Using Look-up Tables and Carry Chains Designing Pipelines Using Embedded Memory FPGA Configuration Estimating Design Size Estimating Design Speed Pin Assignment Thermal Analysis GPGPU vs.

Porting Clocks Porting Latches Porting Combinatorial Circuits Porting Non-synthesizable Circuits Modeling Memories Porting Tri-state Logic Simulation Types Improving Simulation Performance Simulation and Synthesis Results Mismatch Simulator Selection Overview of Commercial and Open-source Simulators Designing Simulation Testbenches Simulation Best Practices Ethernet Cores Designing Network Applications IP Core Selection IP Core Protection IP Core Interfaces Serial and Parallel CRC Security Cores Memory Controllers USB Cores PCI Express Cores Design Area Optimizations: Tool Options PCB Instrumentation Protocol Analyzers and Exercisers Using ChipScope Using Xilinx SystemMonitor Timing Constraints Performing Timing Analysis Timing Closure Flows Timing Closure: Tool Options Timing Closure: Constraints and Coding Style Build Management and Continuous Integration Verilog Processing and Build Flow Scripts Report and Design Analysis Tools Resources Acronyms 1.

Introduction Target audience FPGA logic design has grown from being one of many hardware engineering skills a decade ago to a highly specialized field. Nowadays, FPGA logic design is a full time job. It requires a broad range of skills, such as a deep knowledge of FPGA design tools, the ability to understand FPGA architecture and sound digital logic design practices. It can take years of training and experience to master those skills in order to be able to design complex FPGA projects.

This book is intended for electrical engineers and students who want to improve their FPGA design skills. Both novice and seasoned logic and hardware engineers can find bits of useful information in this book. It is intended to augment, not replace, existing FPGA documentation, such as user manuals, datasheets, and user guides.

The book is intended to be very practical with a lot of illustrations, code examples and scripts. Code examples are written in Verilog HDL. This will enable more concrete examples and in-depth discussions.

The book provides an extensive collection of useful online references. This book is intended for both referencing and browsing. There is little dependency between Tips.

The reader is not expected to read the book from cover to cover. Instead, you can browse to the topic that interests you at any time. This book is not a definitive guide into Verilog programming language, digital design or FPGA tools and architecture. Neither does it attempt to provide deep coverage of a wide range of topics in a limited space.

Instead, it covers the important points, and provides references for further exploration of that topic. Some of the material in this book has appeared previously as more complete articles in technical magazines. It also contains links to referenced materials, and errata.

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