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Xilinx - UltraFast Design Methodology ONLINE

Training Duration: 8 sessions (4 hours per session)

Previously known as Vivado Design Methodology by Xilinx.

The content of this course module is included within the Vivado Adopter Class Online (below) and Vivado Adopter Class for New Users Online.

Xilinx - Vivado Adopter Class ONLINE

This course comprises:
  • Vivado Design Suite,
  • Vivado Advanced XDC & STA
  • UltraFast Design Methodology *

PLEASE NOTE: This is a LIVE INSTRUCTOR-LED training event delivered ONLINE.

It covers the same scope and content as a scheduled in-person class and delivers comparable learning outcomes. Daily sessions comprise 4-6 hours of class contact time.

IMPORTANT: This Live Online Instructor-Led course is for existing Xilinx® users who want to take full advantage of the Vivado® Design Suite feature set.

If you are new to Xilinx FPGA development it is essential that you attend the full 5-day, Vivado Adopter Class for New Users Online (which includes additional sessions on Xilinx FPGA essentials).


This training provides an introduction to the Vivado Design Suite. Learn about the Vivado Design Suite projects, design flow, Xilinx design constraints, and basic timing reports.

You will also learn about 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.

In addition you will learn about:

  • making path-specific, false path, and min/max timing constraints, as well as timing constraint priority in the Vivado timing engine.
  • the scripting environment of the Vivado Design Suite and how to use the project-based and non-project batch scripting flows.
  • sophisticated aspects of the Vivado Design Suite, enabling you to use its advanced capabilities to achieve design closure.
  • the UltraFast™ Design Methodology, which encapsulates 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. The UltraFast design methodology checklist is also introduced.

* This training by Doulos is based on materials provided by Xilinx from the courses:

  • Vivado Design Suite for ISE Software Project Navigator Users
  • Vivado Advanced XDC and Static Timing Analysis for ISE Software Users
  • and UltraFast™ Design Methodology

FPGA designers looking to utilize Vivado who:

  • currently use the Xilinx ISE Design Suite
  • already have some familiarity with Xilinx 7-Series devices

PLEASE NOTE: Engineers who are unfamiliar with Xilinx devices with no prior Xilinx ISE Design Suite experience should attend Vivado Adopter Class for New Users. This course provides new users with a good grounding immediately prior to this more advanced training. Find out more using the link above or contact Doulos for further information.

  • Essential Tcl for Vivado (online) teaches the essentials of the Tcl language with particular focus on its application within the Xilinx Vivado™ Design Suite*. It can be taken independently either before or after Vivado Adopter training as convenient (subject to availability).
  • Vivado System Edition

Vivado Design Suite

  • Use the New Project Wizard to create a new Vivado IDE project
  • Describe the supported design flows of the Vivado IDE
  • Synthesize and implement the HDL design
  • Use the Vivado IDE I/O Planning layout to perform pin assignments
  • Use the Vivado IP integrator to create a block design
  • Create and package your own IP and add to the Vivado IP catalog to reuse
  • Create a Tcl script to create a project, add sources, and implement a design
  • Use Tcl scripting in non-project batch flows to synthesize, implement, and generate custom timing reports


Xilinx Vivado Advanced XDC and STA & UltraFast Design Methodology

  • Apply clock and I/O timing constraints and perform timing analysis
  • Apply timing exception constraints in a design as part of the Baselining procedure to fine tune the design
  • Describe and use the clock resources in a design
  • Generate a DRC report to detect and fix design issues early in the flow
  • Describe the "baselining" process to gain timing closure on a design
  • Apply baseline constraints to determine if internal timing paths meet design timing objectives
  • Apply appropriate I/O timing constraints and design modifications for source-synchronous and system-synchronous interfaces
  • Analyze a timing report to identify how to center the clock in the data eye
  • Use Vivado Design Suite reports and utilities to full advantage, especially the Clock Interaction report
  • Define a properly constrained design
  • Increase performance by utilizing FPGA design techniques
  • Utilize floorplanning techniques to improve design performance
  • Employ advanced implementation options, such as incremental compile flow and physical optimization techniques
  • Optimize HDL code to maximize the FPGA resources that are inferred and meet performance goals
  • Use the Schematic and Hierarchy viewers to analyze and cross-probe a design
  • Build resets into your system for optimum reliability and design speed
  • Build a more reliable design that is less vulnerable to metastability problems and requires less design debugging later in the development cycle.

Sessions 1-3

  • Introduction to Vivado Design Flows
    Introduces the Vivado design flows: the project flow and non-project batch flow
  • Vivado Design Suite Project Mode
    Create a project, add files to the project, explore the Vivado IDE, and simulate the design
  • Synthesis and Implementation
    Create timing constraints according to the design scenario and synthesize and implement the design
  • Basic Design Analysis in the Vivado IDE
    Use the various design analysis features in the Vivado Design Suite
  • Vivado Design Suite I/O Pin Planning
    Use the I/O Pin Planning layout to perform pin assignments in a design
  • Vivado IP Flow
    Customize IP, instantiate IP, and verify the hierarchy of your design IP
  • Using an IP Container
    Use a core container file as a single file representation for an IP
  • Designing with IP Integrator
    Use the Vivado IP integrator to create the uart_led subsystem
  • Introduction to the Tcl Environment
    Introduces Tcl (tool command language)
  • Managing Remote IP
    Store IP and related files remote to the current working project directory
  • Introduction to the Tcl Environment
    Introduces Tcl (tool command language)
  • Scripting in Vivado Design Suite Project Mode
    Explains how to write Tcl commands in the project-based flow for a design
  • Vivado Design Suite Non-Project Mode
    Create a design in the Vivado Design Suite non-project mode
  • Scripting in Vivado Design Suite Non-Project Mode
    Write Tcl commands in the non-project batch flow for a design
  • Design Analysis Using Tcl Commands
    Analyze a design using Tcl commands
  • Timing Constraints Wizard
    Use the Timing Constraints Wizard to apply missing timing constraints in a design
  • Timing Constraints Editor
    Introduces the timing constraints editor tool to create timing constraints
  • Introduction to Clock Constraints
    Apply clock constraints and perform timing analysis
  • Report Clock Networks
    Use report clock networks to view the primary and generated clocks in a design
  • Setup and Hold Timing Analysis
    Understand setup and hold timing analysis
  • Introduction to Vivado Reports
    Generate and use Vivado timing reports to analyze failed timing paths


Sessions 4-8

  • I/O Constraints and Virtual Clocks
    Apply I/O constraints and perform timing analysis
  • Timing Summary Report
    Use the post-implementation timing summary report to sign-off criteria for timing closure
  • Generated Clocks
    Use the report clock networks report to determine if there are any generated clocks in a design
  • Clock Group Constraints
    Apply clock group constraints for asynchronous clock domains
  • Introduction to Timing Exceptions
    Introduces timing exception constraints and applying them to fine tune design timing
  • Synchronization Circuits
    Use synchronization circuits for clock domain crossings
  • Report Clock Interaction
    Use the clock interaction report to identify interactions between clock domains
  • Timing Constraints Priority
    Identify the priority of timing constraints
  • Case Analysis
    Understand how to analyze timing when using multiplexed clocks in a design
  • Revision Control Systems in the Vivado Design Suite
    Use version control systems with Vivado design flows.
  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Planning
    Introduces the methodology guidelines on planning and the UltraFast Design Methodology checklist
  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Design Creation and Analysis
    Overview of the methodology guidelines covered in this course.
  • HDL Coding Techniques
    Covers basic digital coding guidelines used in an FPGA design
  • Resets
    Investigates the impact of using asynchronous resets in a design
  • Baselining
    Use Xilinx-recommended baselining procedures to progressively meet timing closure
  • 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
  • System-Synchronous I/O Timing
    Apply I/O delay constraints and perform static timing analysis for a system-synchronous input interface
  • Source-Synchronous I/O Timing
    Apply I/O delay constraints and perform static timing analysis for a source-synchronous, double data rate (DDR) interface
  • Report Datasheet
    Use the datasheet report to find the optimal setup and hold margin for an I/O interface
  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Design Closure
    Introduces the UltraFast design methodology guidelines on design closure
  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Advanced Techniques
    Introduces the methodology guidelines for advanced techniques
  • Introduction to Floorplanning
    Introduction to floorplanning and how to use Pblocks while floorplanning
  • Physical Optimization
    Use physical optimization techniques for timing closure

The following topics are included in the course materials and, if time permits, may be covered during the course at the instructor’s discretion and according to the delegates’ interest.

  • Timing Simulation
    Simulate the design post-implementation to verify that a design works properly on hardware.
  • Creating and Packaging Custom IP
    Create your own IP and package and include it in the Vivado IP catalog.
  • Introduction to the Xilinx Tcl Store
    Introduces the Xilinx Tcl Store.
  • Inference
    Infer Xilinx dedicated hardware resources by writing appropriate HDL code.
  • Design Analysis and Floorplanning
    Explore the pre- and post-implementation design analysis features of the Vivado IDE.
  • Vivado Design Suite ECO Flow
    Use ECO flow to make changes to a previously implemented design and apply changes to the original design.
  • Bitstream Security
    Understand the Xilinx bitstream security features such as readback disable, bitstream encryption, and authentication.

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