University of Colorado Boulder
Introduction to FPGA Design for Embedded Systems
University of Colorado Boulder

Introduction to FPGA Design for Embedded Systems

This course is part of FPGA Design for Embedded Systems Specialization

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Timothy Scherr

Instructor: Timothy Scherr

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What you'll learn

  • Describe what an FPGA is and how this technology was developed

  • Determine how to select the best FPGA architecture for a given application

  • Use state of the art software tools for FPGA development and solve critical digital design problems using FPGAs

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There are 4 modules in this course

What's this programmable logic stuff anyway? In Module 1 you learn about the history and architecture of programmable logic devices including Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). You will learn how to describe the difference between an FPGA, a CPLD, an ASSP, and an ASIC, recite the historical development of programmable logic devices; and design logic circuits using LUTs. Examples will include designs of digital adders and multipliers in FPGAs.

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9 videos5 readings1 quiz1 peer review2 discussion prompts

In Module 2 you will install and use sophisticated FPGA design tools to create an example design. You will learn the steps in the standard FPGA design flow, how to use Intel Altera’s Quartus Prime Development Suite to create a pipelined multiplier, and how to verify the integrity of the design using the RTL Viewer and by simulation using ModelSim. Using the TimeQuest timing analyzer, you will analyze the timing of your design to achieve timing closure.

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10 videos2 readings2 quizzes1 peer review

FPGAs are programmable, and the program resides in a memory which determines how the logic and routing in the device is configured. In Module 3 you will learn the pros and cons of FLASH-based, SRAM-based, and Anti-Fuse based FPGAs. A survey of modern FPGA architectures will give you the tools to determine which type of FPGA is the best fit for a design. Architectures will be explored from the basic core logic cell up to consideration of large Intellectual Property (IP) blocks that are available on many FPGAs.

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8 videos2 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

In module 4 you will extend and enhance your design from module 2, completing the design by adding IP blocks, implementing pin assignments and creating a programming file for the FPGA. One outcome will be improved design productivity, by use of design techniques like pipelining, and by the use of system design tools like Qsys, the system design tool in Quartus Prime. You will complete a Qsys system design by creating a NIOS II softcore processor design, which quickly gives you the powerful ability to customize a processor to meet your specific needs.

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10 videos1 reading1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt

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Timothy Scherr
University of Colorado Boulder
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