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The Xilinx EDK Toolset: Custom IP Cores The Xilinx EDK Toolset: Custom IP Cores Creating and using custom IP cores By Jason Agron
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What is an IP Core? What is an IP Core? IP = Intellectual Property Why is it called this? • In our case, IP is “soft”. Not physical. • It is merely a (soft) “description” of a device. Usually in VHDL or Verilog. Why is this cool? • Can be open-source. Can be understood and studied. Can be customized. • Portable… It is a model - can be simulated or implemented. FPGA. ASIC.
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Where Do IP Cores Come From? Where Do IP Cores Come From? For those who do not design HW… Many are provided by vendors. Xilinx provides many within it’s IP catalog. For those that can design HW… You can make your own. • From scratch. • Using other soft/hard components.
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What Is A Typical IP Core? What Is A Typical IP Core? Any digital device that you have seen could be implemented as a soft IP core… As long as it can fit “inside” an FPGA. Some examples: CPUs Graphics cards Network cards Specialized processors (DSPs, FPUs, DataFlow) Memory banks
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What Do Soft IP Cores Enable? They enable a programmer/designer to combine pieces of IP at will in order to form a custom SoC within an FPGA. No soldering!
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