Static Timing Analysis (STA), Xilinx Design Constraints (XDC) and Advanced use of Vivado


4 days - 28 hours


  • After completing this training, you will have the necessary skills to:
    • 1 - Describe the UltraFast™ design methodology checklist
    • 2 - Optimize HDL code to maximize the FPGA resources that are inferred and meet your performance goals
    • 3 - Master the software flow in order to know the possibilities of the Vivado tool
    • 4 - Apply exhaustive design constraints (XDC) including timing exceptions, and use appropriate timing reports to locate critical paths
    • 5 - Identify key areas to optimize your design, minimize metastability issues and make your system reset more reliable
    • 6 - Apply advanced I/O timing constraints to meet performance goals
    • 7 - Employ advanced implementation options, such as incremental compile flow, physical optimization techniques, and re-entrant mode
    • 8 - Utilize floorplanning techniques to improve design performance
    • 9 - Debugging a design during the start-up phase and using the advanced debugging functions


  • Intermediate knowledge in HDL language and a first experience with the Vivado™ Design suite and FPGAs.

Concerned public

  • Technicians and Engineers in Digital Electronics
  • All our training courses are given at a distance and are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • Our partner AGEFIPH accompanies us to implement the necessary adaptations related to your disability.
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  • Release date: 20/12/2021


Objective 1

  • Introduction to FPGA Architecture, 3D ICs, SoCs {Lecture}
  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Board and Device Planning {Lecture}
  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Design Creation {Lecture}

Objective 2

  • HDL Coding Techniques {Lecture}
  • Pipelining {Lecture}
  • Inference {Lecture}

Objective 3

  • Vivado Design Suite Flows {Lecture, Labs}
  • Scripting in Vivado Design Suite {Lecture}
  • Vivado Synthesis and Implementation {Lecture, Lab}
  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Implementation {Lecture}
  • Introduction to Vivado Reports {Lecture}
  • Design Analysis using Tcl Commands {Lecture}

Objective 4

  • Baselining {Lecture}
  • Timing Constraints Editor {Lecture}
  • Timing Summary Report {Lecture}
  • Clocking Resources {Lecture}
  • Introduction to Clock Constraints {Lecture}
  • Generated Clocks {Lecture, Lab}
  • Report Clock Networks {Lecture}
  • Clock Group Constraints {Lecture}
  • Report Clock Interaction {Lecture}
  • Setup and Hold Timing Analysis {Lecture}
  • I/O Constraints and Virtual Clocks {Lecture, Lab}
  • Timing Constraints Wizard {Lecture}
  • Introduction to Timing Exceptions {Lecture, Lab}

Objective 5

  • Synchronous Design Techniques {Lecture}
  • Synchronization Circuits {Lecture, Lab}
  • Resets {Lecture}
  • Register Duplication {Lecture}
  • Report QoR {Lecture}
  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Design Closure {Lecture}

Objective 6

  • Report Datasheet {Lecture}
  • I/O Timing Scenarios {Lecture}
  • System-Synchronous I/O Timing {Lecture}
  • Source-Synchronous I/O Timing {Lecture, Lab}
  • I/O Logic Resources {Lecture}
  • Timing Constraints Priority {Lecture}

Objective 7

  • Physical Optimization {Lecture, Lab}

Objective 7

  • Incremental Compile Flow {Lecture, Lab}
  • Vivado Design Suite ECO Flow {Lecture, Lab}
  • Congestion {Lecture}

Objective 8

  • Introduction to Floorplanning {Lecture}
  • Design Analysis and Floorplanning {Lecture, Lab}

Objective 9

  • JTAG to AXI Master Core {Lecture}
  • Remote Debugging Using the Vivado Logic Analyzer {Lecture}
  • Trigger and Debug at Device Startup {Lecture}
  • Trigger Using the Trigger State Machine in the Vivado Logic Analyzer {Lecture, Lab}

Teaching Methods

  • Inter-company online training :
    • Presentation by Webex by Cisco
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    • Provision of course material in PDF format
    • Labs on Cloud PC by RealVNC
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Methods of monitoring and assessment of results

  • Attendance sheet
  • Evaluation questionnaire
  • Evaluation sheet on:
    • Technical questionnaire
    • Result of the Practical Works
    • Validation of Objectives
  • Presentation of a certificate with assessment of prior learning


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