fpga >> Matlab/Simulink - System Generator HDL Co-Simulation

by mukesh_chugh » Wed, 04 Aug 2004 08:28:53 GMT

I am using Mathworks Simulink and Xilinx ISE tools for digital designs
related to wireless communications. People who are using this design
flow are requested to answer/ share their experience. The
descreptionof my problem is as follows:

I am using Xilinx black box in a Simulink Model and am using my VHDL
code for its hardware implementation. The idea is to use the Simulink
model as a test bed for checking my hardware model for Wireless/ DSP
based algos. I have successfully checked the behavioral simulation of
my Code using HDL Co-simulation. The next stage in my design flow is
to take it to the target Xilinx FPGA device and complete synthesis and
place and route. At this stage, I want to go back to my Simulink model
and use it to test my placed and routed model (now available in the
form of flat netlist with Xilinx Simprims and SDF file (timing info
file). I am able to verify post PAR outside Simulink by using my own
test bench and controlling the clock myself in it.

I want to do the same with the simulink model and check the results in
simulink environment. Now the problem is:

1) How to control the clock that is generated automatically, whenever
the simulation is started from within simulink. I dug into the files
that are generated by Simulink for making a simulation model for HDL
Co simulation, and found that it generated the clock with period 6.25
ns always. Question is that is it possible to change this clock
period.

2) How to link the SDF file in the simulation model that is generated
from within Simulink for HDL Co simulation, for doing Post PAR
simulation with simulink data.

3) If all above is not possible, then is there any way to make a test
bench with the simulink generated data (the data that is available
right after the gateway blocks). If this is possible then I can test
my model outside simulink in modelsim environment.


Thanks,

Mukesh.

fpga >> Matlab/Simulink - System Generator HDL Co-Simulation

by Elliot Schei » Thu, 05 Aug 2004 03:14:31 GMT



Mukesh wrote:


Hi Mukesh

Here are some answers to your questions:

1) I think you are referring to the timing constraints that Sysgen is
creating during
generation. The actual clock will be provided from an external source,
either a
from a testbench stimulus, or in hardware from some oscillator feeding the
clock pin.
In Sysgen you specify how the Simulink sample period relates to the
hardware
clock, then Sysgen writes timing constraints based on what you specify.
The purpose
of the timing constraints are to ensure that the design will work properly
for a given
clock frequency. You can change the clock source to be of any frequency
that you
want, but to be sure that the design will work properly it is a good idea
to test the
design in a timing simulation using constraints specific to the desired
operating frequency.
If you set up a variable in Simulink that represents your sample period,
then it will be
very easy to re-define the variable in Matlab which will update the design
to work at
different sample rates. Re-generating the design will then write out new
timing constraints,
or you can directly modify the constraints in the .XCF file that is
written into the project
directory.

2) Simulink is only a behavioral simulation environment. The HDL Co-Sim
that is done
in the Simulink environment will be a behavioral simulation. If you want
to use SDF
information then you will need to do timing simulations outside of
Simulink. The good
news is that Sysgen will automatically create a testbench for you that can
be used for
timing simulations. This answers your question below....

3) Yes. When you double click on the Sysgen Token to generate, there is
an option
to tell Sysgen to generate a testbench. This takes any data that is
coming into a gateway
in block and writes the data into a text file. This text file is then
read in by a VHDL testbench
so the same inputs that are driving the Simulink design will now be used
as stimulus when
simulations are done using a standard HDL simulation tool.

If you have more questions about this then I encourage you to open a case
with Xilinx's hotline:
http://www.xilinx.com/support/clearexpress/websupport.htm
http://www.xilinx.com/support/techsup/northam.htm

Best Regards,
Elliot


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