Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design Suite 1

This course offers introductory training on the Vivado Design Suite and helps you to understand the FPGA design flow.

For those uninitiated to FPGA design, this course helps in designing an FPGA design, which includes creating a Vivado Design Suite project with source files, simulating the design, performing pin assignments, applying basic timing constraints, synthesizing, implementing, and debugging the design. Finally, the process for generating and downloading bitstream on a demo board is also covered.

Skills Gained

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

  • Use the New Project Wizard to create a new Vivado IDE project
  • Describe the supported design flows of the Vivado IDE
  • Generate a DRC report to detect and fix design issues early in the flow
  • Use the Vivado IDE I/O Planning layout to perform pin assignments
  • Synthesize and implement the HDL design
  • Apply clock and I/O timing constraints and perform timing analysis
  • Describe the "baselining" process to gain timing closure on a design
  • Use the Schematic and Hierarchy viewers to analyze and cross-probe a design
  • Use the Vivado logic analyzer and debug flows to debug a design

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction to FPGA Architecture, 3D IC, SoC
    Overview of FPGA architecture, SSI technology, and SoC device architecture.
  • UltraFast® Design Methodology: Planning
    Introduces the methodology guidelines covered in this course and the UltraFast® Design Methodology checklist.
  • HDL Coding Techniques
    Covers basic digital coding guidelines used in an FPGA design.
  • 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. Optionally, generate and download the bitstream to the demo board.
  • Basic Design Analysis in the Vivado IDE
    Use the various design analysis features in the Vivado Design Suite.
  • Vivado Design Rule Checks
    Run a DRC report on the elaborated design to detect design issues early in the flow. Fix the DRC violations.
  • 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.
  • 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 Vivado Reports
    Generate and use Vivado timing reports to analyze failed timing paths.

Day 2

  • Introduction to Clock Constraints
    Apply clock constraints and perform timing analysis.
  • I/O Constraints and Virtual Clocks
    Apply I/O constraints and perform timing analysis.
  • Setup and Hold Timing Analysis
    Understand setup and hold timing analysis.
  • Report Clock Networks
    Use report clock networks to view the primary and generated clocks in a design.
  • Xilinx Power Estimator Spreadsheet
    Estimate the amount of resources and default activity rates for a design and evaluate the estimated power calculated by XPE.
  • Introduction to FPGA Configuration
    Describes how FPGAs can be configured.
  • Introduction to the Vivado Logic Analyzer
    Overview of the Vivado logic analyzer for debugging a design.
  • Introduction to Triggering
    Introduces the trigger capabilities of the Vivado logic analyzer.
  • Debug Cores
    Understand how the debug hub core is used to connect debug cores in a design.
  • HDL Instantiation Debug Probing Flow
    Covers the HDL instantiation flow to create and instantiate a VIO core and observe its behavior using the Vivado logic analyzer.
  • Netlist Insertion Debug Probing Flow
    Use the Netlist Insertion flow to insert ILA cores into an existing synthesized netlist and debug a common problem.
  • Introduction to the Tcl Environment
    Introduces Tcl (tool command language).
  • Using Tcl Commands in a Vivado Design Suite Project Flow
    Explains what Tcl commands are executed in a Vivado Design Suite project flow.
  • Tcl Syntax and Structure
    Understand the Tcl syntax and structure.

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Education Investment Options

Standard Registration
Standard Registration
18 Training Credits
Advanced Registration
Advanced Registration
16 Training Credits
Basic Follow-on Coaching
Comprehensive Follow-on Coaching

  • To qualify for the Advanced Registration Price, full payment must be received 21 days prior to the first day of class.
  • Basic follow-on coaching includes 2 hours (max 2 calls)
  • Comprehensive follow-on coaching includes 10 hours (max 5 calls)
  • Follow-on Coaching must be purchased at time of registration.


Training Duration:

2 Days

Who should attend:

Digital designers new to FPGA design who need to learn the FPGA design cycle and the major aspects of the Vivado Design Suite


  • Basic knowledge of the VHDL or Verilog language
  • Digital design knowledge

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