Advanced Debug Techniques for Hardware Engineers


This 1-day course is for hardware engineers, system architects, and anyone who wants to learn best practices for debugging challenging issues encountered while developing FPGAs, SoCs, PCBs, and embedded systems using the Vivado Design Suite. The features and capabilities of the Vivado Integrated Logic Analyzer are covered in lectures, demonstrations and labs, along with general debugging concepts, tools and techniques.

Additionally, this course will cover common gotchas and roadblocks engineers commonly face when both implementing FPGA designs and bringing up PCBs for the first time. The hands-on labs provide students with experience designing, expanding and modifying an embedded system, including techniques for triggering on boot and hardware-software co-debugging.

1-Day Instructor-led CoursePrice USDTraining Credits
Hosted Online - $600/day$6006
In-Person Registration - $600/day$6006
Printed Course Book (A PDF book is included in the course fee)$1001
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Training Duration:

1 Day

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Who should attend:

Hardware engineers, system architects, and anyone who wants to learn how to debug challenging issues encountered while developing with FPGAs, SoCs, Adaptive SoCs, and PCBs.

Skills Gained

After completing this comprehensive training, you will know how to:

  • Identify synchronous design techniques
  • Use the Vivado logic analyzer and debug flows to debug a design
  • Debug a design with multiple clock domains with the help of multiple debug cores using the Vivado logic analyzer
  • Debug a design at the device startup phase to debug issues related to startup events, such as MMCM lock and design coming out of reset

Course Outline

Day 1
  • Vivado Debug Methodology
  • Introduction to Vivado Logic Analyzer
  • Debug Cores – Overview Netlist Insertion Flow
  • Lab: Inserting a Debug Core Using the Netlist Insertion Flow
  • HDL Instantiation Flow
  • Lab: Adding a Debug Core Using the HDL Instantiation Flow
  • Introduction to Triggering
  • Trigger Using the Trigger State Machine in the Vivado Logic Analyzer
  • Lab: Triggering Using the Trigger State Machine
  • Capturing Data in Multiple Clock Domains
  • Lab: Sampling and Capturing Data in Multiple Clock Domains
  • Trigger and Debug at Device Startup
  • Debugging Using TCL Commands
  • Lab: Debugging a Design Using Tcl Commands
  • Transceiver Test and Debugging
  • Lab: IBERT Lab on the ZCU104 Board

Please note: The instructor may change the content order to provide a better learning experience.


  • Working HDL knowledge (VHDL or Verilog)
  • Digital or system design experience


Updated 12-18-2023
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