Static Timing Analysis (STA), Xilinx Design Constraints (XDC) and Advanced use of Vivado™


4 days - 28 hours


  • After completing this training, you will have the necessary skills to:
    • 1 - Optimize HDL code to maximize FPGA resources and performance and use the UltraFast™ design methodology.
    • 2 - Master the Vivado tool, apply timing constraints (XDC) and use appropriate timing reports.
    • 3 - Identify key areas to optimize your design, minimize metastability issues and make your reset in your system more reliable
    • 4 - Apply timing constraints on inputs/outputs to achieve performance targets
    • 5 - Use advanced implementation options, such as incremental build flow, physical optimization techniques and re-entrant mode
    • 6 - Use advanced techniques to improve design performance
    • 7 - Debug a design during the start-up phase and use advanced debugging functions


  • Intermediate knowledge in HDL language and a first experience with the Vivado™ Design suite and FPGAs.

Concerned public

  • Technicians and Engineers in Digital Electronics
  • All our training courses are given at a distance and are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • Our partner AGEFIPH accompanies us to implement the necessary adaptations related to your disability.
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  • Release date: 17/09/2023


Objective 1

  • Introduction to FPGA architecture and Static Timing Analysis (STA) {Lectures}
  • HDL coding techniques {Lecture}
  • Ultra-fast design methodology: Board planning and design creation {Lectures}

Objective 2

  • Flow of the Vivado Design software suite {Lectures, Lab}
  • Vivado synthesis and implementation {Lecture}
  • Introduction to Vivado reports {Lecture}

Objective 2

  • Baselining {Lecture}
  • Timing Constraints Editor {Lecture}
  • Clocking Resources {Lecture}
  • Introduction to Clock Constraints {Lecture}
  • Generated Clocks {Lecture, Lab}
  • Clock Group Constraints {Lecture}
  • Report Clock Interaction {Lecture}
  • Timing Summary Report {Lecture}
  • Setup and Hold Timing Analysis {Lecture}
  • I/O Constraints and Virtual Clocks {Lecture, Lab}
  • Introduction to Timing Exceptions {Lecture, Lab}

Objective 3

  • Synchronous Design Techniques {Lecture}
  • Synchronization Circuits {Lecture, Lab}
  • Resets {Lecture}
  • Register Duplication {Lecture}

Objective 4

  • I/O Timing Scenarios {Lecture}
  • System-Synchronous I/O Timing {Lecture}
  • Source-Synchronous I/O Timing {Lecture, Lab}
  • I/O Logic Resources {Lecture}
  • Report Datasheet {Lecture}
  • Timing Constraints Priority {Lecture}

Objective 5

  • UltraFast Design Methodology: Implementation {Lecture}
  • Timing Closure Using Physical Optimization Techniques {Lecture}
  • Incremental Compile Flow {Lecture}

Objective 6

  • QoR Reports Overview {Lecture, Lab}
  • Reducing Logic Delay {Lecture}
  • Reducing Net Delay {Lecture}
  • Improving Clock Skew {Lecture}
  • Improving Clock Uncertainty {Lecture, Lab}
  • Intelligent Design Runs (IDR) {Lecture, Lab}
  • Introduction to Floorplanning {Lecture}

Objective 7

  • Vivado Design Suite ECO Flow {Lecture, Lab}
  • JTAG to AXI Master Core {Lecture}
  • Trigger and Debug at Device Startup {Lecture}
  • Trigger Using the Trigger State Machine in the Vivado Logic Analyzer {Lecture, Lab}

Teaching Methods

  • Inter-company online training :
    • Presentation by Webex by Cisco
              • Webex de Cisco
    • Provision of course material in PDF format
    • Labs on Cloud PC by RealVNC
              • REALVNC

Methods of monitoring and assessment of results

  • Attendance sheet
  • Evaluation questionnaire
  • Evaluation sheet on:
    • Technical questionnaire
    • Result of the Practical Works
    • Validation of Objectives
  • Presentation of a certificate with assessment of prior learning


  • Authorized Trainer Provider AMD : Engineer Electronics and Telecommunications ENSIL
    • Expert AMD FPGA - Language VHDL/Verilog - RTL Design
    • Expert AMD SoC & MPSoC - Language C/C++ - System Design
    • Expert DSP & AMD RFSoC – HLS - Matlab - Design DSP RF
    • Expert AMD Versal – AI Engines – Heteregenous System Architect

PC Recommended

  • Software Configuration :
  • Hardware configuration:
    • Recent computer (i5 or i7)
    • OS Linux 64-bits (Windows 10 compatible)
    • At least 16GB RAM
    • Display resolution recommended 1920x1080


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