Designing with the Versal Adaptive SoC: Architecture

Course Code: ACAP-VARCH

Learn about the AMD Versal adaptive SoC architecture building blocks, such as Adaptable Engines, high-speed I/O, clocking, Scalar Engines, Intelligent Engines, and the programmable network on chip (NoC). Also learn how to use leading-edge memory and interfacing technologies to deliver powerful heterogeneous acceleration for any application.

The emphasis of this course is on:

  • Reviewing the architecture of the Versal adaptive SoC
  • Describing the different engines available in the Versal architecture and what resources they contain
  • Describing the architectures of the network on chip (NoC) and AI Engine
  • Outlining the memory solutions and programming interfaces available in the Versal adaptive SoC
  • Identifying the PCI Express® and serial transceiver solutions available in the Versal adaptive SoC

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3-Day Instructor-led CoursePrice USDTraining Credits
Hosted Online - $600/day$180018
In-Person Public Registration - $600/day$180018
Printed Course Book (A PDF book is included in the course fee)$1001
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Training Duration:

3 Days

I gained a lot of information

The class was pretty great and I gained a lot of information from it that I will certainly be applying at my job going forward!!

– Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 1

Thanks for a great class!

I have attended a bunch of training courses over the years. This one was definitely one of the best I have attended. Erich did a great job, and the material is very well done. Thanks for a great class!

– Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 1

A lot of insights beyond the course

Glenn was a great instructor and provided us with a lot of insights beyond the course material

– Student from Embedded Design with PetaLinux Tools

My instructor was very capable

My instructor was very capable of answering any of my questions even when they were an extension of the material being presented. If he wasn’t sure of an answer, he made sure to verify his thoughts before answering my question

– Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 1

My instructor took time

My instructor took time during some of the breaks to look up and distribute information about questions that he didn’t happen to know direct answers to, and I always appreciate when instructors take the time to do that.

Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 3

One of the best experiences for AMD Xilinx training that I’ve had

Bill was a great instructor and answered all of our questions. He went above and beyond to make this course a great experience. If/When I use BLT for Xilinx training in the future I will be on the lookout to see if he’s leading the lecture. One of the best experiences for AMD Xilinx training that I’ve had.

– Student from Designing with VHDL

Expert tidbits

I liked the expert tidbits my instructor threw in to keep in mind when working on projects in the future regarding best practices. I also appreciated the questions the more experienced students asked, and how he was knowledgeable in order to address them.

Student from Designing with VHDL

They had answers for just about every question

Erich and Nathaniel were great, they had answers for just about every question/issue and linked relevant Xilinx/Vivado user manuals for further explanation/documentation.

– Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 2

All in all a great experience

Tom was a great instructor, very knowledgeable and polite throughout the course. All in all a great experience.

– Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 2

Elie was an exceptional instructor

Elie was an exceptional instructor, and I would welcome the opportunity to take another class from him and BLT in the future.

– Student from Designing with Verilog

Can quickly and concisely answer technical questions

I really like the expertise of the presenters and that they can quickly and concisely answer technical questions, Tom did great!

– Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 3

This one was definitely one of the best

I have attended a bunch of training courses over the years. This one was definitely one of the best I have attended. Erich did a great job, and the material is very well done. Thanks for a great class!

– Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 1

Impressed with the effort

Glenn is a good instructor – I’m impressed with the effort he put into the presentation.
I hope I didn’t annoy him with too many questions.

– Student from Designing with Versal AI Engine 3: Kernel Programming and Optimization

College course fit into 3 days

The instructor certainly knew the material and could explain the concepts as well as answer questions. Even the instructor said that this is a college course fit into 3 days.

Student from Designing with VDHL

The instructor was excellent

The instructor for this class, Glenn, was excellent. He presented the material with great examples and encouraged students to ask questions at any point in the course. Whenever there was a question he could not answer, he mentioned that he would bring it to his colleagues for answers, and after we came back from lunch, he had the answer.

– Student from Embedded Design with PetaLinux Tools

Knowledgeable instructor

Elie was a knowledgeable instructor, and did a really good job of making sure students were comfortable interrupting for questions. He answered questions well and communicated very clearly.

– Student from Designing with VHDL

I would endorse him to teach a friend

Cole was a fantastic instructor and was very proactive in answering any questions that came up. I would endorse him to teach if a friend had to learn from this course.

– Student from Designing with Verilog

Erich was engaging

Erich was engaging and had good pacing during the course. Although the course was all day for 3 days I didn’t feel exhausted at the end of sessions.

– Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 1

I had a wonderful instructor

I had a wonderful instructor. His pacing throughout the course was good and made sure to allow for student questions and have conversations about related topics and experiences. I think the atmosphere was great for everyone to both learn and to share experiences, tips, and tricks about using the tool and the features discussed throughout the course.

Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 3

Labs were great

The labs were great and really reinforced the topics.

– Student from Designing with Versal AI Engine 1: Architecture and Design Flow

My instructor was very professional

My instructor was very professional and answered all of my questions thoroughly. I enjoyed hearing about his professional experience with certain aspects of the course / labs as we went through the course.

– Student from Vivado Boot Camp for the FPGA User Phase 1

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Who should attend:

Software and hardware developers, system architects, DSP users, and anyone who wants to learn about the architecture of the Versal adaptive SoC.

SOFTWARE:

  • Vivado Design Suite
  • Vitis Unified Software Platform

HARDWARE:

  • Architecture: Versal adaptive SoC
  • Demo board: Versal VCK190 Evaluation Platform

Skills Gained

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

  • Describe the AMD Versal adaptive SoC architecture
  • Identify the different engines available in the Versal devices and what resources they contain
  • Utilize the hardened blocks available in the Versal architecture
  • Describe the NoC and AI Engine architectures
  • Outline the memory solutions and programming interfaces available in the Versal adaptive SoC
  • Identify the PCI Express and serial transceiver solutions available in the Versal adaptive SoC
  • Follow the high-level system migration recommendations provided in this course

Course Outline

Day 1Day 2Day 3
Introduction
Describes the need for Versal devices and offers an overview of the Versal portfolio. {Lecture}

Architecture Overview
Provides a high-level overview of the Versal architecture, illustrating the various engines available in 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}

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}

Processing System
Reviews the Arm® 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}

System Interrupts
Discusses the different system interrupts and interrupt controllers. {Lecture}

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}

DSP Engine
Describes the DSP58 slice and compares the DSP58 slice with the DSP48 slice. DSP58 modes and applications are also covered in detail. {Lecture, Lab}

AI Engine
Discusses the AI Engine array architecture, terminology, and AIE interfaces. {Lecture, Lab}

NoC Introduction and Concepts
Covers the reasons to use the network on chip, its basic elements, and common terminology. {Lecture, Lab}

Memory Solutions
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 device. {Lecture}

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 device. {Lecture}

System Migration
Compares the various functional blocks of the Versal devices to previous-generation devices. Describes the migration of designs from the UltraScale and UltraScale+ architectures to the Versal architecture. {Lecture}

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

Prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of AMD FPGAs and adaptive SoCs
  • Basic knowledge of the Vivado and Viti tools

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Updated 12-18-2023
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