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Xilinx Partial Reconfiguration Tools & Techniques ONLINE

Training Duration: 4 sessions (4 hours per session)

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.

Course Description

Learn how to construct, implement, and download a Partially Reconfigurable (PR) FPGA design using the Vivado® Design Suite. This course covers both the tool flow and mechanics of successfully creating a PR design.


The emphasis is on:
  • Identifying best design practices and understanding the subtleties of the PR design flow
  • Using the PR controller and PR decoupler IP in the PR process
  • Implementing PR in an embedded system environment
  • Applying appropriate debugging techniques on PR designs
  • Employing best practice coding styles for a PR system.
Who should attend?

Digital designers who have a working knowledge of HDL (VHDL or Verilog) and the Xilinx design methodology and who have need of partial reconfiguration techniques

Software Tools

Vivado Design or System Edition 2019.1

  • Architecture: UltraScale and 7 series FPGAs*
  • Demo board: Kintex® UltraScale FPGA KCU105 board, Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 board, and ZedBoard**


* This course focuses on the UltraScale and 7 series architectures. Check with Doulos for the specifics of the in-class lab board or other customizations.

** The UltraScale architecture versions of the "Using the PRC IP in a Partial Reconfiguration Design" lab and the "Using ILA Cores to Debug Partial Reconfiguration Designs" lab are not available because of QSPI and PRC issues on the KCU105 board. These two labs support only the 7 series architecture. The "Partial Reconfiguration in Embedded Systems" lab requires a ZedBoard for implementation.

Skills gained
After completing this comprehensive training, you will know how to:
  • Build and assemble a Partially Reconfigurable system (UltraScale, 7 series, and Zynq® devices)
  • Define PR regions and reconfigurable modules with the Vivado Design Suite
  • Generate the appropriate full and partial bitstreams for a PR design
  • Use the Internal Configuration Access Port (ICAP) and Processor Configuration Access Port (PCAP) components to deliver the partially reconfigurable systems
  • Identify how Partial Reconfiguration affects various silicon resources, including block RAM, IOBs, fabric, clock buffers and MGTs
  • Implement a Partial Reconfiguration system using the following techniques:
    • Direct JTAG connection
    • Floorplanning
    • Timing constraints and analysis
  • Implement a PR system using the Partial Reconfiguration Controller (PRC) IP
  • Implement a PR system in an embedded environment
  • Debug PR designs
Course Outline

Sessions 1 & 2

  • Introduction to Partial Reconfiguration
  • Demo: Introduction to Partial Reconfiguration
  • Partial Reconfiguration Flow
  • Lab 1: Partial Reconfiguration Tool Flow
  • Lab 2: Partial Reconfiguration Project Flow
  • Lab 3: Floorplanning the PR Design
  • Partial Reconfiguration Design Considerations
  • Optional: FPGA Configuration Overview
  • Partial Reconfiguration Bitstreams
  • Demo: Partial Reconfiguration Controller (PRC) IP
  • Lab 4: Using the Partial Reconfiguration Controller in a PR Design

Sessions 3 & 4

  • Partial Reconfiguration: Managing Timing
  • Lab 5: Partial Reconfiguration Timing Analysis and Constraints
  • Partial Reconfiguration in Embedded Systems
  • Lab 6: Partial Reconfiguration in Embedded Systems
  • Debugging Partial Reconfiguration Designs
  • Lab 7: Debugging a Partial Reconfiguration Design
  • Partial Reconfiguration Design Recommendations
  • PCIe Core and Partial Reconfiguration 
Lab Descriptions
  • Lab 1: Partial Reconfiguration Tool Flow – Illustrates the basic Vivado Design Suite Partial Reconfiguration flow. At the completion of this lab, you will download a partial bitstream to the demo board via the JTAG connection.
  • Lab 2: Partial Reconfiguration Project Flow – Illustrates Partial Reconfiguration (PR) project flow in the Vivado Design Suite. At the end of this lab, you will be able to create multiple RMs and configurations using Partial Reconfiguration Wizard.
  • Lab 3: Floorplanning the PR Design – Illustrates how to create efficient Pblocks for a Partial Reconfiguration design. At the end of this lab, you will understand the impact of the SNAPPING_MODE property for a Pblock.
  • Lab 4: Using the Partial Reconfiguration Controller in a PR Design – Illustrates using the PRC IP and hardware triggers to manage partial bitstreams.
  • Lab 5: Partial Reconfiguration Timing Analysis and Constraints – Shows how area groups and Reconfigurable Partitions affect design performance.
  • Lab 6: Partial Reconfiguration in Embedded Systems – Illustrates implementing PR designs in an embedded environment.
  • Lab 7: Debugging a Partial Reconfiguration Design – Demonstrates using ILA cores to debug PR designs and shows which signals to monitor during debugging.

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