The actel libero ide was designed with this capability in mind. These languages support various abstraction levels of design, including architecturespecific design. The online manuals are in pdf format and available from libero s start menu and on the cdrom. Uart mirosemi m1a3pe1500pq208 a3pe starter kit pdf. Refer to the documentation included with your simulator for information about performing simulation. Chapter 5 quick start tutorial contains a stepbystep tutorial. And no, im not planning a parallel tutorial with respect to verilog hdl, so dont bother asking. Tutorial 1 design of logic for actel fpgas using schematic capture, including placement and routing using actel tools. Chang from korea 2 vhdl examples and microprocessor models from uk 3 lots of examples pdf doc both on vhdl and verilog from actel 4 essential vhdl design examples 5 advanced electronic design automation. Libero soc is the most comprehensive and powerful fpga design and development software available.
Tools for this lab, you will use the following tools. Libero soc and softconsole flow tutorial for a smartfusion csoc design files rar. T16 lesson 2 basic vhdl simulation modelsim tutorial preparing the simulation 1 start by creating a new directory for this exercise in case other users will be working with these lessons. For more information about actel s products, call 88899 actel. The polarfire fpga family is now supported by libero soc design suite v12. This tutorial introduces you to the microsemi soc group fpga development flow using the libero.
The mss configurator provides graphical configuration for current, voltage and temperature. The vhdl language requires that the library names begin with an alpha character. Start libero by doubleclicking on the actel libero ide icon. Department of electrical and computer engineering university. These tools, combined with custom developed tools from actel, are all integrated into a single. Tutorial 2 design for actel fpgas using vhdl synthesis. This is a beginning guide to create a project flow within libero to develop custom hardware for the fpga and configure microcontroller subsystem mss. The new project dialog box appears, as shown in figure 2. The file is available in the synthesis directory if you wish to perform. Creating the working library in modelsim, all designs, be they vhdl, verilog, or a combination of the two, are compiled into a library. Among them are a soft arm core and the latest libero. Programming microsemi actel fpga chips superpro is01 programmer has an inbuilt stapl player which can be used to program microsemi actel fpga chips.
In 2000, actel acquired gatefield which expanded actel s antifuse fpga offering to include flashbased fpgas. Technology editor bill wong finally cracked open actel s fpga starter kit, which includes a number of interesting technologies. Can i use modelsim sepe with actel libero ide standalone modelsim does not from ee 2007 at national university of singapore. This guide is available in pdf format on the designer series cd rom and the actel web site. Chapter 1 design flow describes the basic design flow for creating actel designs with hdl synthesis and simulation tools. Vhdl lab guide for libero ide ver 23 2 overview purpose the purpose of this lab is to become familiar with the actel vhdl design flow for this exercise, we will implement a 16bit loadable counter with an asynchronous reset and synchronous enable in an ax500 fpga tools for this lab, you will use the following tools. The designer software supports both timing and physical constraints. The actel hdl coding style guide is divided into the following chapters. Each actel fpga family has a slightly different mix of these resources, optimized for different cost, performance, and density requirements. Open up the parts library for the actel parts by selecting the librariesactel libraries item from the pull down menus and clicking on act1 in the schematic palette. If the users developed their designs using these fpga families in libero soc v11.
These tools, combined with custom developed tools from actel, are all integrated into a single fpga development package. You typically start a new simulation in modelsim by creating a working library called work. Btw, i did the counter tutorial from actel and got 8 warnings. Quick start tutorial illustrates a basic vhdl design for the apa evaluation board targeted at the actel proasicplus family. Online help specific to each actel software tool is available for designer, chipedit, pinedit, and libero s integrated tool suite viewdraw, modelsim, synplify, and waveformer lite. Actel smartfusion mss configurators and drivers users guides. The counter description will be visible in the hdl editor and on the design hierarchy tab as shown in the figure. Create a new project in libero ide and import the coreconsole project from the liberoexport directory. This guide contains information about designing an actel fpga using the actmap vhdl synthesis tool, including preferred hdl coding styles and design considerations. Appendix a board connections provides a table listing the board connections. Actel hdl coding style guide is divided into the following chapters. Fpga pin assignments files are imported with this tool. Actel manuals actel hdl coding style guide 11 actel manuals designer and libero include printed and online manuals.
Vhdl online a collection of vhdl related internet resources. You use constraints to ensure that your design meets its performance goals and pin assignment requirements. Actel does not recommend that you use standalone versions of innovedas epd or dxviewdraw with libero. To simulate your design targeting actel technology, it is required to have vital or verilog simulation library. Actel manuals designer and libero ide include printed and online manuals. One example is the efficient sharing of the clocking and memory resources between multiple ip blocks on the actel fusion mixed. Vhdl family variable with act1, act2 for act 2 and 1200xl devices, act3, a3200dx, a40mx, a42mx, a54sx, a54sxa, ex, a500k, apa, or axcelerator as needed. Depending on your project preferences and the version of libero soc you installed, the software creates directories for your project. Microsemi soc, or just wants to learn more about the libero ide. Hi, i had many largescale games machine, pc is used as control centre,and used actel s chip to implement the interface,protocol,maybe it is single chip,make our customer have a good feeling at their products security. Actgen produces a vhdl file which instantiates the ramfifo blocks it creates two or more fifo256x9sst, depending on fifo depth and provides an interface to make. The major elements of the actel fpga architecture are thus the io modules, interconnect resources, clocking resources, and logic modules. We welcome your feedback about this guide and our online help.
We want to help you learn about our products, so you can get your work done quickly. Smartfusion analog design flow part 1 libero ide project. Application note introduction to actel fpga architecture. Pdf files are intended for print but may be viewed online. For this tutorial we will add a custom hardware component to our design. Select vhdl entity or verilog module under file type in the new dialog box and specify the name as control figure 8. Among them are a soft arm core and the latest libero ide tools. Actel recommends that you use the integrated tools that come with libero ide. This webinar covers the complete design flow from design entry to programming using libero soc polarfire v2. Your comments actel corporation strives to produce the highest quality online help and printed documentation.
This tutorial will cover igloo nano fpga development with an. Quick start tutorial illustrates a basic vhdl design for the apa evaluation board. To open the synthesizer in manual mode, select synthesize, right click and. Modelsim tutorial basic simulation flow the following diagram shows the basic steps for simulating a design in modelsim. Actel manuals designer and libero include printed and online manuals. Structural vhdl netlist generation libero soc generates a gatelevel vhdl netlist from your edif netlist for use in postsynthesis prelayout structural simulation. Microsemi libero soc a3pe uart mirror example project. Glauert from german 2 an introductory vhdl tutorial by green mountain computing systems 3 a small vhdl tutorial by dr.
This guide is available in pdf format on the designer. Libero soc is also available free from actel microsemi at this link with all the. As part of a project im using a fifo generated by libero s actgen to save processed data that i also output through the pins of the fpga an actel apa300, for computer readback. Information in this document is subject to change without notice. This edif netlist is also used to generate a structural vhdl netlist for use in structural simulation. Table 1 shows the capabilities of each actel fpga family. View in hierarchy view source export to pdf export to word. Actel provides an overview on the analog design flow for the smartfusion intelligent mixed signal fpgas. Examples of vhdl descriptions by ami 6 example of adder and multiplexor. From the start menu, choose programs libero ide v9.
Microsemi libero catalog core instantiation for a pll, counters. Create a tutorial directory under your egre427 directory and start design architect da in it. Actel was founded in 1985 and became known for its highreliability and antifuse based fpgas, used in the military and aerospace markets. Libero soc design suite supports enhanced constraints flow only and it does not support classic constraints flow. Consider the following issues when deciding to use other tools with libero ide. Step 1 design creation your first step is to plan your design and enter it as either hdl vhdl or verilog, structural schematic, or. In 2004, actel announced it had shipped the onemillionth unit of its flashbased proasic plus fpga. Ian mccrum from uk 4 another vhdl guide, which includes nice block diagrams. Actel hdl coding style guide 5 introduction vhdl and verilog hdl are high level description languages for system and circuit design. The and2 macro is in the catalog cores tab under actel.
The stapl player is used to program proasicplus as well as third generation flash based fpga devices such as igloo, proasic3, proasic3l, and fusion mixed signal fpgas. Chapter 2 technology independent coding styles describes basic high level hdl coding styles and techniques. Design files rar, 124 mb, 1112 libero soc quick start guide for software v10. Microsemi igloo nano dev board tutorial logic eewiki digikey.
Design flow overview description of the design flow within the mentor tools for actel fpgas. Pdf file may point to external files and generate an error when clicked. Advanced training course on fpga design and vhdl for hardware. Actel makes no warranties with respect to this documentation and disclaims any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This tutorial guides you through the design flow using xilinx vivado software to create a simple digital. Can i use modelsim sepe with actel libero ide standalone. Chapter 4 actel vhdl apa design flow introduces the design flow for vhdl using the actel libero integrated design environment ide suite. Use the libero hdl editor enter the vhdl or verilog description of the control block. The online manuals are in pdf format and available from libero and designers start menus and on the cdrom.
Refer to the online help for additional information about using the soc software. For this exercise, we will implement a 16bit loadable counter with an asynchronous reset and synchronous enable in an ax500 fpga. Open the actel macros title under the cores tab, drag and drop the and2 gate onto the canvas. Actel libero is an integrated development environment ide used to configure the smartfusion chip on your kit. But to use the full version of modelsim in libero, you have to follow the steps described below.
It also covers industryleading smartdebug design capabilities. Actel training verilog lab guide for libero ide ver2. At the higher levels, these languages can be used for system design without regard to a specific technology. Step 1 design creation your first step is to plan your design and enter it as either hdl vhdl or verilog, structural. Libero s online help is available from the start menu and libero s help menu. Jul 17, 2007 since actel isnt as mainstream as altera and xilinx, there may still be a need to manually attach the library to your project. I would like to share about information actel fpga, vhdl design. Technology editor bill wong finally cracked open actels fpga starter kit, which includes a number of interesting technologies. Actel is known lying before, they namly claimed that the use of arm7 in actel fpga is free, actually the fpga with aes128 that allows the use of arm7 costs 100 usd more then fpga without the key, and well i would not call 100usd free now actel is about to release the smaller cortex based fpga eg another key for cortexenable, again actel.1115 1084 475 170 926 909 803 388 1350 303 592 873 736 1423 1248 1414 1067 1294 1378 104 622 12 530 1280 468 348 35 1358 542 1359 764 1043 576 158 87