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1Hao wang and Jyh-Charn (Steve) Liu FPGA IntroductionHao wang and Jyh-Charn (Steve) Liu
2What is an FPGA? Field Programmable Gate Array Configurable Logic blocks (CLB), interconnection resources, and I/O pads.
3How FPGA works?CLB consists of two slices, each of which contains look-up tables (LUT), registers, multiplexers, and carry logic.LUT implement logic functionsRegisters store dataMultiplexers select the desired outputCarry logic enables fast arithmetic functionInterconnections are routing resources including channels, switch boxes, clock distribution networks, etc.
4CLB architectureArrangement of slices within the CLB
7How LUT works An 2-input LUT configured as follows implements AND gate It can be easily reconfigured to implement OR, XOR, NAND, and NOR gates, which are the basics to build up more complex functions.Modern FPGAs have 6-input LUTs which can be cascaded to implement complex digital circuits.Input 1Input 2Output1
10Which takes more chip area, logic or interconnects?
11How to Reconfigure FPGA Logic block functions and interconnections are specified using Hardware Description Language (HDL).The HDL code is synthesized, mapped, placed ,routed and download onto the chip by vendor-provided tools
12How to Reconfigure FPGA Each time a new configuration is downloaded, the FPGA behaves like a new chip implementing a new function.The configuration is lost when powered off, because theyare stored in SRAM.However, the configuration file can be stored in external storage such as flash card or PROM so that the chip can automatically load it when powered on
13Why use FPGA? Compared to CPU, FPGA has the following benefits PerformanceThroughputReliabilityCompared to ASIC, FPGA has the following benefitsReconfigurabilityCostTime to market
14Benefit over CPU: Performance FPGA code runs in real time in nanoseconds.All the logic blocks inside FPGA can run concurrently in parallel, since they are real hardware circuits.If fully utilized, FPGA can implement a high performance many-core system.
15Benefit over CPU : Throughput FPGA has many high speed I/O pins to interface with memory, Ethernet, etc. It has dedicated channels for peripherals, unlike CPU whose peripherals share a bus.FPGA vendors provide many high speed communication IP cores.
16Benefit over CPU : Reliability Software programs are usually built upon several layers of abstractions (driver, OS, etc) to help schedule tasks and share resources. They are at risk of incompatibility, resource contention, deadline violation, etc.FPGA circuitry is a hard implementation, which is deterministic and well predictable.
17Benefit over ASIC : Reconfigurability ASIC can only do a specific job. If you want an extra function after an ASIC has been manufactured, design another one! While for FPGA, that is nothing but adding a piece of code and re-compile it.Certain bugs are caught after the ASIC has been manufactured and distributed to customers. A recall may put the company into bankrupt. While for FPGA, developers can fix the bug in the HDL code and distribute the update to customers.
18Benefit over ASIC : Cost ASIC development is usually non-recurring engineering. Product fabrication also costs a lot of money.FPGA vendors produce large volume of chips so that end users do not need to eat the fabrication cost. Reconfigurability of FPGA makes it reusable for different projects.
19Benefit over ASIC : Time to market ASIC needs cost many man-years to design, test, validate, and fabricate.FPGA development boards usually come with a rich set of peripherals and IP cores which makes it ideal for rapid prototyping.