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FPGA Design & Implementation

Learn everything about Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) implementation, testing, Image processing using FPGA, Spartan FPGA device, ProtoFlex etc.
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Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are programmable silicon chips with a collection of programmable logic blocks surrounded by Input/Output blocks that are put together through programmable interconnect resources to become any kind of digital circuit or system. FPGAs developed from programmable read-only memory (PROM) and programmable logic devices (PLDs). FPGA is an integrated circuit that combines internal hardware blocks with user-programmable interconnects to tailor operation to a given application. The interconnects may be reprogrammed easily, enabling an FPGA to accept design modifications or even enable a new application over the part's lifespan.

Unlike processors, FPGAs are truly parallel in nature. Each independent processing task is assigned to a dedicated section of the chip. Therefore, the performance of one part of the application is not affected when more processing tasks are added. FPGAs are semiconductor devices that are based around a matrix of configurable logic blocks (CLBs) connected via programmable interconnects. FPGAs can be reprogrammed to desired application or functionality requirements after manufacturing.


FPGA Architecture

• Programmable logic blocks: Logic blocks can be formed from thousands of transistors to millions of transistors. They implement the logic functions required by the design and consist of logic components such as transistor pairs, look-up tables (LUTs), and Carry and Control Logic (flip flops and multiplexers).

• Programmable I/O blocks: They connect logic blocks with external components via interfacing pins.

• Programmable interconnect resources: They are electrically programmable interconnections (pre-laid vertically and horizontally) that provide the routing path for the programmable logic blocks.


FPGA Design

Usually, FPGA design is created with hardware description languages such as Verilog and VHDL. These languages provide a discrete event computer model that generates hardware.  These languages are used to create synchronous design. Discrete-event models are commonly used in the modeling of complex systems. Where everything starts from idea development, then the idea is transformed to a code. The code is then simulated and debugged for functional verification. After all the verifications, the code is ready to download into the FPGA. There are primarily five stages in the FPGA design process. The five main steps are Functional Design, Synthesis, Place & Route, Integration, and Fabrication. Each stage, contains a complete generate-simulate cycle in which the design components are generated and then simulated to ensure appropriate functioning before moving on to the next stage. The parts that follow will go through each of these processes in greater depth.


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  • In this lecture session we learn about An analogy is that to program an FPGA is to paint a canvas. The source code in chip design is instructions for how the canvas should be painted. Another analogy would be to program an FPGA to cook a meal.

    • 31:48
  • In this tutorial we learn about Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are integrated circuits often sold off-the-shelf. They're referred to as 'field programmable' because they provide customers the ability to reconfigure the hardware to meet specific use case requirements after the manufacturing process.

    • 16:53
  • In this lecture session we learn about Standard cell library is a collection of well defined and pre-characterized logic cells with multi-drive strength and multi-threshold voltage cells in the form of a predefined standard cell layout.

    • 36:05
  • In this lecture session we learn about Verilog & FPGA Design' is a comprehensive training package that comprises 2 course modules: Designing with Verilog and Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design Suite 1. Based on Xilinx industry standard, this 6-day training package can be considered as the minimum training requirement for project readiness.

    • 16:27
  • In this lecture session we learn about If you are currently using Verilog for FPGA design, there are clear advantages in updating your design flow to use SystemVerilog instead (it will still be backwards compatible with all of your existing Verilog code).

    • 18:37
  • In this lecture session we learn about Some common data types including integers, floating point numbers, characters, strings, and arrays. They may also be more specific types, such as dates, timestamps, boolean values, and varchar (variable character) formats.

    • 17:22
  • In this lecture session we learn about Procedural assignments used for updating register data types and memory data types. The expression in a blocking procedural assignment is evaluated and assigned when the statement is encountered. In a begin-end sequential statement group, execution of the next statement is blocked until the assignment is complete.

    • 18:44
  • In this lecture session we learn about VHDL is a rich and strongly typed language, deterministic and more verbose than Verilog. As a result, designs written in VHDL are considered self-documenting. Its syntax is non-C-like and engineers working in VHDL need to do extra coding to convert from one data type to another.

    • 13:37
  • In this lecture session we learn about Design verification provides evidence (test results) that the design outputs (actual product) meet the design inputs (product requirements and design specifications). Depending on the item being verified, a test case or test suite would be run, or an inspection or analysis done to provide the required evidence.

    • 23:48
  • In this lecture session we learn about Finite state machine (FSM) is a term used by programmers, mathematicians, engineers and other professionals to describe a mathematical model for any system that has a limited number of conditional states of being.

    • 22:18
  • In this lecture session we learn about Finite automata, which is a state machine that takes a string of symbols as input and changes its state accordingly. Finite automata is a recognizer for regular expressions.

    • 32:31
  • In this lecture session we learn about Ethernet, Software Defined Radio, custom embedded processors, Image Processing, storage and interface. We support design on Xilinx, Altera and Lattice, on single FPGAs or proprietary platforms. We stand ready to meet your needs! FPGA DESIGNS.

    • 40:02
  • In this lecture session we learn about FPGA vendors have touted their wares as ideal replacements for DSPs, CPUs, and GPUs – even for all of them in a single device – but they are notoriously difficult for software engineers to program as they are not anything like a conventional processor.

    • 16:43
  • In this lecture session we learn about SystemVerilog allows design and verification. engineers to create new, user-defined data types. Both variables and nets can be declared as user-defined. types. If neither the var or a net type keyword is specified, then user-defined types are assumed to be.

    • 17:02
  • In this lecture session we learn that a package is a collection of related classes and interfaces while an interface is a collection of fields and abstract methods. Package and interface are two main concepts in Object Oriented Programming based languages such as Java.

    • 08:47
  • In this lecture session we learn about SOPC Builder provides a graphical environment for creating system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) designs that include components such as processors, memory interfaces, peripherals, DSPs, DMA engines, hardware accelerators, and custom peripherals created in the Component Editor.

    • 27:15
  • In this lecture session we learn about A peripheral is a “device that is used to put information into or get information out of the computer.” There are three different types of peripherals: Input, used to interact with, or send data to the computer (mouse, keyboards, etc.).

    • 08:39
  • In this lecture session we learn about UART to connect to multiple devices such as EEPROMs, memory devices, temperature sensors, etc. A serial port can be used to download firmware to a new board or recover a corrupted flash image in the field where access to a JTAG header might be difficult.

    • 21:30
  • In this lecture session we learn about script executive in quatus and modelsim NIOS and also talk about features and functions of script execution.

    • 13:46
  • In this lecture session we learn about FPGA image processing performs compute-intensive video and image processing using dedicated hardware that delivers low latency and high throughput computation. These techniques often involve pre-processing an incoming video stream for further processing in software or a deep learning network.

    • 31:45
  • In this lecture session we learn about challenges in using FPAA FPGA in mixed signal technology and also talk about Field Programmable Gate Arrays, or FPGAs for short, are semiconductor devices that provide designers with large programmable logic arrays that can be interconnected to create almost any digital circuit one can think of.

    • 04:52
  • In this lecture session we learn about ProtoFlex is an FPGA-accelerated platform for fast architectural full-system simulation of multiprocessors. Using commodity FPGA plat- forms, the ProtoFlex Simulator models the architectural behavior of a 16-CPU UltraS- PARC III SMP Server and can execute unmodified, commercial applications in Solaris.

    • 20:15
  • In this lecture session we learn about Reconfigurable hardware devices are hardware devices in which the functionality of the logic gates is customizable at run-time. The connections between the logic gates are also configurable. The main ingredient used in building today's reconfigurable hardware fabrics is the memory cell.

    • 29:39
  • In this lecture session we learn about MapReduce Word Count is a framework which splits the chunk of data, sorts the map outputs and input to reduce tasks. A File-system stores the output and input of jobs. Re-execution of failed tasks, scheduling them and monitoring them is the task of the framework.

    • 18:34
  • In this lecture session we learn about FPGA devices that provide a reconfigurable DSP solution for various DSP applications. FPGA devices incorporate a variety of embedded features such as embedded processors, DSP blocks, and memory blocks. These device features provide very high DSP capability in FPGAs compared to DSP processors.

    • 25:34
  • In this tutorial we learn about reversible logic operations that can't erase information and dissipate zero heat. The circuit actually operates in a backward operation, allows reproducing the inputs from the outputs and consumes zero power. As the basic elements of any logic circuit, logic gates are used to realize Boolean functions.

    • 23:59
  • In this tutorial we learn about implementation of divider in finite field in FPGA design and implementation.

    • 13:12
  • In this lecture session we learn about the Automobile and auto components sectors are a part of the PLI scheme this time around from many industries. For the Automotive sector.

    • 13:21
  • In this lecture session we learn about AMD-Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA offers advanced power management technology. The AMD-Xilinx, Spartan-6 FPGA family delivers an optimal balance of low risk, low cost, low power, and performance for cost-sensitive applications. These FPGAs use a proven low-power 45nm process technology.

    • 13:13
  • In this tutorial we learn about A programmable chip is an electronic component that contains a series of instructions that are executed each time the chip functions. Some of these chips have fixed programming, while others contain rewritable code.

    • 28:30
  • In this tutorial we learn that Memristive devices are electrical resistance switches that can retain a state of internal resistance based on the history of applied voltage and current.

    • 29:39
  • In this lecture session we learn about Mentor Graphics is a technology leader in electronic design automation (EDA), providing software and hardware design solutions that enable companies to develop better electronic products faster and more cost-effectively.

    • 32:08
Objectives Back to Top

·       Basics of Digital Design

·       Combinational Logic design using FPGA

·       Sequential Logic Design Using VHDL

·       Finite State Machines using FPGA

·       FPGA design Fundamentals

Syllabus Back to Top

1.     Introduction to FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays)

2.     FPGA Testing

3.     FPGA Design Flows & Design Tools

4.     FPGA Design using Verilog - Introduction

5.     FPGA Design using Verilog - Verilog overview

6.     FPGA Design using Verilog - Data Types

7.     FPGA Design using Verilog - Procedural Assignments

8.     FPGA Design using Verilog - VHDL Design using Verilog

9.     FPGA Design using Verilog - Visual Verification of Designs

10.  FPGA Design using Verilog - Finite State Machines - part 1

11.  FPGA Design using Verilog - Finite State Machines - part 2

12.  FPGA Design using Verilog - Design Examples

13.  FPGA Design using Verilog - Test Benches

14.  FPGA Design using Verilog - SystemVerilog for Synthesis

15.  FPGA Design using Verilog - Packages & Interfaces

16.  Simulate and implement SOPC Design

17.  Reading Data from Peripherals

18.  UART SDRAM Python

19.  Script execution in Quartus and ModelSim NIOS

20.  Image Processing using FPGA

21.  Challenges in using FPAA FPGA in Mixed Signal Technology

22.  Protoflex

23.  Reconfigurable Hardware

24.  Wordcount using MapReduce for FPGA

25.  FPGA implementation of DSP Circuits

26.  Reversible Logic Circuits

27.  FPGA implementation of Divider in Finite Field

28.  Principles of PLI

29.  Spartan FPGA implementation

30.  Programmable Chips and Boards

31.  Memristive FPGA

32.  Mentor Graphics Tools & Guidelines

Certification Back to Top

The FPGA Design & Implementation Certification ensures you know planning, production and measurement techniques needed to stand out from the competition.  

FPGAs include customizable logic blocks (CLBs) and programmable interconnects that enable the designer to link and configure the blocks to accomplish a wide range of tasks, from basic logic gates to complicated functions. On a single FPGA chip, whole SoC architectures with various processes may be implemented.

This is the process of determining which physical resources on the FPGA to program with which logic, and how to connect (route) them. This produces the bitstream that is loaded onto the device for FPGA programming.

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are semiconductor devices that are based around a matrix of configurable logic blocks (CLBs) connected via programmable interconnects. FPGAs can be reprogrammed to desired application or functionality requirements after manufacturing.

FPGAs consist of logical modules connected by routing channels. Each module is made up of a programmable lookup table that is used to control the elements that each cell consists of and to perform logical functions of the elements that make up the cell.

Uplatz online training guarantees the participants to successfully go through the  FPGA Design & ImplementationCertification provided by Uplatz. Uplatz provides appropriate teaching and expertise training to equip the participants for implementing the learnt concepts in an organization.

Course Completion Certificate will be awarded by Uplatz upon successful completion of the FPGA Design & Implementation Online course.

Career & Jobs Back to Top

The FPGA Design & Implementation Draws an average salary of $130,000 per year depending on their knowledge and hands-on experience.

VLSI, a career in FPGA is an evergreen choice.” As technology nodes have shrunk to very low level, thereby skyrocketing the application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) development cost, FPGA provides a very good alternative to quick and faster design, and development for any product.

FPGA engineers are in high demand throughout the world's defense industry. Military technology has extreme requirements for reliability and efficiency, things that can be provided by an FPGA.

FPGA Engineers are responsible at the operational level, to develop the hardware design of a new FPGA platform. As such, they work in conjunction with the software team to define and implement verification flow.

Note that salaries are generally higher at large companies rather than small ones. Your salary will also differ based on the market you work in.

FPGA Design & Implementation.

R&D Engineer.

VLSI Digital Design/Verification Engineers.





Interview Questions Back to Top

1. What is an FPGA and how does it work?

What is an FPGA? It is an acronym for field programmable gate array. It is a semiconductor IC where a large majority of the electrical functionality inside the device can be changed; changed by the design engineer, changed during the PCB assembly process, or even changed after the equipment has been shipped to customers out in the ‘field’.


2. How is the FPGA configuration specified?

The FPGA configuration is generally specified using a hardware description language (HDL), similar to that used for an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). Circuit diagrams were previously used to specify the configuration, but this is increasingly rare due to the advent of electronic design automation tools.


3. What is the future of FPGA architecture?

The exponential growth of data, and the emergence of fast-changing fields such as AI, machine learning, HPC and genomics, require architectures that are fast, flexible and adaptable. FPGAs are well-positioned to take advantage of these new opportunities.


4. What is FPGA image processing?

FPGA image processing performs compute-intensive video and image processing using dedicated hardware that delivers low latency and high throughput computation. These techniques often involve pre-processing an incoming video stream for further processing in software or a deep learning network.


5. How to implement image processing in FPGA using Verilog?

In this FPGA Verilog project, some simple processing operations are implemented in Verilog such as inversion, brightness control and threshold operations. The image processing operation is selected by a "parameter.v" file and then, the processed image data are written to a bitmap image output.bmp for verification purposes


6. What are the advantages of an FPGA?

FPGAs offer vast parallel processing capabilities, reliable data handling and data transfer, and flexibility in connecting to various interfaces. The raw image data signals captured by the camera sensor are conditioned before they can be used by the image processing module.


7. Is it possible to upload software over FPGA?

Unfortunately, uploading software over FPGA often gives disappointing results as many image processing algorithms are for serial processing rather than parallel computing. This lead to novel algorithms and hardware computational architecture , both for image processing operation level and also at the application level.


8. What are some design examples for FPGA?

Design Examples — FPGA designs with Verilog and SystemVerilog documentation 8. Design Examples ¶ 8.1. Introduction ¶ In previous chapters, some simple designs were introduces e.g. mod-m counter and flip-flops etc. to introduce the Verilog programming.


9. What programming language should I learn to design an FPGA?

We will write our design for FPGA using Verilog (as if you write microcontroller programs in C and Assembly). Learning Verilog is not that hard if you have some programming background. VHDL is also another popular HDL used in the industry extensively.


10. What is the process of FPGA development?

In the previous post in this series, we saw an overview of the entire FPGA development process. We saw from this how there are three main processes involved in an FPGA project - design, verification and implementation. In the rest of this post we talk about the tasks which form the design process.


11. What are FPGAs and why are they important?

FPGAs are increasingly being used in fast-evolving market segments (such as 5G, ML and AI) and safety-critical/high-reliability designs. This class of designs requires use of newer methodologies such as HLS or SEE mitigation. Additionally, it poses challenges to debug and verify these large designs.

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