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Xilinx - Designing with the Versal ACAP: Architecture and Methodology


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Standard Level - 3 days 

Course Description

This course helps you to learn about Versal™ ACAP architecture and design methodology. The emphasis of this course is on:

  • Reviewing the architecture of the Versal ACAP
  • Describing the different engines available in the Versal architecture and what resources they contain
  • Utilizing the hardened blocks available in the Versal architecture
  • Using the design tools and methodology provided by Xilinx to create complex systems
  • Describing the network on chip (NoC) and AI Engine concepts and their architectures
  • Performing system-level simulation and debugging
Who should attend?

Software and hardware developers, system architects, and anyone who wants to learn about the architecture of the Xilinx Versal ACAP device.

  • Comfort with the C/C++ programming language
  • Vitis™ IDE software development flow
  • Hardware development flow with the Vivado® Design Suite
  • Basic knowledge of UltraScale™/UltraScale+™ FPGAs and Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoCs
Software Tools
  • Vivado Design Suite 2020.2
  • Vitis unified software platform 2020.2
  • PetaLinux Tools 2020.2
Hardware Tools
  • Architecture: Xilinx Versal ACAPs
Skills Gained

After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the necessary skills to:

  • Describe the Versal ACAP architecture at a high level
  • Describe the various engines in the Versal ACP device
  • Use the various blocks from the Versal architecture to create
    complex systems
  • Perform system-level simulation and debugging
  • Identify and apply different design methodologies
Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction Talks about the need for Versal devices
  • Architecture Overview Provides a high-level overview of the Versal architecture, illustrating the various engines available in the the Versal architecture. {Lecture}
  • Design Tool Flow Maps the various engines in the Versal architecture to the tools required and describes how to target them for final image assembly. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Adaptable Engines (PL) Describes the logic resources available in the Adaptable Engine. {Lecture}
  • Processing System Reviews the Cortex™-A72 processor APU and Cortex-R5 processor RPU that form the Scalar Engine. The platform management controller (PMC), processing system manager (PSM), I/O peripherals, and PS-PL interfaces are also covered. {Lecture}
  • PMC and Boot and Configuration Describes the platform management controller, platform loader and manager (PLM) software and boot and configuration. {Lecture, Lab}
  • SelectIO Resources Describes the I/O bank, SelectIO™ interface, and I/O delay features. {Lecture}
  • Clocking Architecture Discusses the clocking architecture, clock buffers, clock routing, clock management functions, and clock de-skew. {Lecture, Lab}
  • System Interrupts Discusses the different system interrupts and interrupt controllers. {Lecture}


Day 2

  • Timers, Counters, and RTC Provides an overview of timers and counters, including the system counter, triple timer counter (TTC), watchdog timer, and real-time clock (RTC). {Lecture}
  • Software Build Flow Provides an overview of the different build flows, such as the do it yourself, Yocto Project, and PetaLinux tool flows. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Software Stack Reviews the Versal ACAP bare-metal, FreeRTOS, and Linux software stack and their components. {Lecture}
  • DSP Engine Describes the DSP58 slice and compares the DSP58 slice with the DSP48 slice. DSP58 modes are also covered in detail. {Lecture}
  • AI Engine Discusses the AI Engine array architecture, terminology, and AIE interfaces. {Lecture}
  • NoC Introduction and Concepts Covers the reasons to use the network on chip, its basic elements, and common terminology. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Device Memory Describes the available memory resources, such as block RAM, UltraRAM, LUTRAM, embedded memory, OCM, and DDR. The integrated memory controllers are also covered. {Lecture}
  • Programming Interfaces Reviews the various programming interfaces in the Versal ACAP. {Lecture}
  • Application Partitioning Covers what application partitioning is and how the mapping of resources based on the models of computation can be performed. {Lecture}


Day 3

  • PCI Express & CCIX Provides an overview of the CCIX PCIe module and describes the PL and CPM PCIe blocks. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Serial Transceivers Describes the transceivers in the Versal ACAP. {Lecture}
  • Power and Thermal Solutions Discusses the power domains in the Versal ACAP as well as power optimization and analysis techniques. Thermal design challenges are also covered. {Lecture}
  • Debugging Covers the Versal ACAP debug interfaces, such as the test access port (TAP), debug access port (DAP) controller, and high-speed debug port (HSDP). {Lecture, Lab}
  • Security Features Describes the security features of the Versal ACAP. {Lecture}
  • System Simulation Explains how to perform system-level simulation in a Versal ACAP design. {Lecture, Lab}
  • System Design Methodology Reviews the Xilinx-recommended methodology for designing a system. {Lecture}

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