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Designing with Xilinx Serial Transceivers - LIVE ONLINE


Learn how to employ serial transceivers in UltraScale™ and UltraScale+™ FPGA designs or Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoC designs.
The focus is on:
•    Identifying and using the features of the serial transceiver blocks, such as 8B/10B and 64B/66B encoding, channel bonding, clock correction, and comma detection
•    Utilizing the Transceivers Wizards to instantiate transceiver primitives
•    Synthesizing and implementing transceiver designs
•    Discussing board design as it relates to the transceivers
•    Testing and debugging

The theoretical content is supplemented by exercises carried out by the participant.

Duration: 4 mornings of 4 hours each

Times:    9.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.    Lecture part 1

              11.00 a.m. - 11.15 a.m.  15 minute break

              11.15 a.m. - 1.15 p.m.    Lecture part 2

Exercises: self paced by the participants. Estimated time for completion appr. 2-3 hours. At the end of a lecture, the exercises to be performed by participants are discussed. The results / sample solutions are presented by the trainer the next day.

After registration: the participant receives the presentation documents in electronic form (PDF) as well as the workbook for the exercises, the login data and a list of 
requirements to be done in advanced.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Describe and use the ports and attributes of the serial transceivers in Xilinx FPGAs and MPSoCs
  • Effectively use the following features of the gigabit transceivers:
    • 64B/66B and other encoding/decoding, comma detection, clock correction, and channel bonding
    • Pre-emphasis and receive equalization
  • Use the Transceivers Wizards to instantiate GT primitives in a design
  • Access appropriate reference material for board design issues involving signal integrity and the power supply, reference clocking, and trace design
  • Use the IBERT design to verify transceiver links on real hardware


  • Introduction
  • UltraScale, UltraScale+, Zynq UltraScale+ Device Transceivers Overview 
  • UltraScale, UltraScale+, Zynq UltraScale+ Device Transceivers Clocking and Resets
  • Transceiver IP Generation – Transceiver Wizard
  • Transceiver Simulation
  • PCS Layer General Functionality
  • PCS Layer Encoding
  • Transceiver Implementation
  • PMA Layer Details
  • PMA Layer Optimization
  • Transceiver Test and Debugging
  • Transceiver Board Design Considerations
  • Transceiver Application Examples
  • Summary


Lab 1: Transceiver Core Generation – Use the Transceivers Wizard to create instantiation templates.
Lab 2: Transceiver Simulation – Simulate the transceiver IP by using the IP example design.
Lab 3: 64B/66B Encoding – Generate a 64B/66B transceiver core by using the Transceivers Wizard, simulate the design, and analyze the results. 
Lab 4: Transceiver Implementation – Implement the transceiver IP by using the IP example design.
Lab 5: IBERT Design – Verify transceiver links on real hardware.
Lab 6: Transceiver Debugging – Debug transceiver links.
Note: Lab 4, Lab 5, and Lab 6 require a KCU105 board. These labs will run remotely. All other labs can run locally. 

usable technology

UltraScale architectures


Basic knowledge in VHDL or Verilog

Familiarity with logic design (state machines and synchronous design)

Basic knowledge of FPGA architecture and Xilinx implementation tools are helpful

Familiarity with serial I/O basics and high-speed serial I/O standards is also helpful


07.12.2020 in PLC2 ONLINE

Duration and Cost

Duartion in days: 4Costs:: € 2.000,00 netto per participant incl. documents


Michael Schwarz

Michael Schwarz

+49 (0) 7664 91313-15


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