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Sunburst Design - Expert Verilog-2001 for Synthesis & Verification
by Recognized Verilog & SystemVerilog Guru, Cliff Cummings of Sunburst Design, Inc.

Cliff Cummings is the only Verilog & SystemVerilog Trainer who helped develop every IEEE & Accellera Verilog, Verilog Synthesis and SystemVerilog Standard.

4-Day Expert Verilog Syllabus in PDF

4 Days
50% Lecture, 50% Lab
Advanced Level

Course Objective

Simply stated, to give engineers world class Verilog, synthesis & verification training using award winning materials developed by renowned Verilog & SystemVerilog Guru, Cliff Cummings

Upon completion of this course, students will:

Course Overview

Sunburst Design - Expert Verilog-2001 for Synthesis & Verification is a 4-day fast-paced intensive course on design and RTL coding styles for synthesis and verification. This is a design course, not a language syntax course.

The 1,000+ page binder for this 4-day course covers all of the important Verilog-2001 RTL coding styles for synthesis. More than a dozen problematic coding styles that cause mismatches between pre-synthesis and post-synthesis simulations are explained, and award-winning materials describing the problems associated with the synthesis directives "full_case" and "parallel_case" are both detailed in lecture and observed in lab exercises. Numerous proven RTL coding guidelines are taught and explained.

Complete coverage of blocking and nonblocking assignments is also presented using materials from two of Cliff's award-winning presentations on nonblocking assignments. 70 slides and a copy of an award-winning paper on nonblocking assignments with delays support the coding guidelines presented. Additional materials show transport delay-mode modeling for mixed RTL and gate-level simulation. 100+ pages will help you to master one of the most difficult and powerful topics in the Verilog language. No other course comes close to this coverage.

Another 100+ slides and two more award winning papers help to demonstrate multiple Finite State Machine (FSM) expert techniques including detailed techniques using four efficient FSM coding styles, and warnings about two common and inefficient coding styles. Labs include PCI bus arbiters and partial PCI target FSM designs (no silly traffic-light controllers, black jack games or soda pop change machines in this course!)

Included in the class are techniques for synchronous vs. asynchronous reset design and doing multi-asynchronous clock design. These techniques are not only advanced Verilog techniques, they are also advanced digital design techniques not covered by college courses. With more than 100 slides dedicated to this section and four award-winning and highly acclaimed papers for added reference material, this section alone is worth the price of admission.

After three days of coding, simulating and synthesizing actual designs, engineers will be shown the tricks and techniques used to build all of the self-checking testbenches used to test the RTL models on days 1-3. In-depth lecture on day four of the course is dedicated to teaching techniques for creating self-checking testbenches, including correct application of stimulus vectors and proper timing of output capture for verification while making use of the "SIMUTIL" self-checking testbench tasks and functions that were used to write all of the testbenches for the synthesis labs. All students will be given a copy of the SIMUTIL testbench utilities to take back and use at their own companies on their own designs.

A 1,000+-page student guide and 49-page Verilog-2001 HDL Quick Reference Guide supplement the lecture and provide excellent reference material for after the class. Numerous exercises and labs reinforce the principles presented. After you take this course, you will understand why Cliff Cummings has won 13 "Best Paper" awards for presentations made over the past 13 years.

By design, this course has more labs than can probably be completed in four days. Students will code each lab experimenting with multiple coding styles to observe first-hand the impact that coding styles have on synthesis results. You will learn the best coding styles through experimentation and comprehensive lab reviews. All of the synthesis labs include pre-coded Verilog headers and are accompanied by self-checking testbenches to maximize experimentation and minimize useless typing. Gate-level Verilog models for an ASIC library are included to permit experimentation with post-synthesis, gate-level simulation with SDF backannotation. All labs solutions are given to each course participant who completes the course.

FPGAs or ASICs? - There are small differences in the course materials based on the target audience. FPGA combinational coding and synthesis issues differ slightly from ASIC issues, so companies are encouraged to indicate their synthesis preference. For open enrollment classes and upon request, both ASIC and FPGA topics and lab reviews are included to accommodate both synthesis styles.

Target Audience

Sunburst Design - Expert Verilog-2001 for Synthesis & Verification

Target Audience

Expert Verilog-2001 for Synthesis & Verification is intended for experienced ASIC and FPGA design and verification engineers that require in-depth instruction on Verilog-2001 RTL synthesis coding styles, advanced state machine design techniques, advanced multi-clock design techniques and Verilog verification skills. Engineers with less Verilog and synthesis experience will complete fewer labs. Engineers with more Verilog and synthesis experience will complete most of the labs.

Prerequisites (mandatory)

This is a design course, not a language syntax course. This course assumes that students have a practical working knowledge of Verilog HDL or have completed Verilog HDL training. Engineers with VHDL synthesis experience and some Verilog exposure will do well in this class. Engineers with no prior HDL training or experience will struggle in this class. This is an advanced class, not just an advanced beginner class!

The Sunburst Design - Advantage

Who is teaching your "expert" and "advanced" classes? Most companies will not tell you because their instructors might not have much design experience or may never have participated on any of the Verilog Standards groups or presented at industry recognized conferences. Go to our web site and read about the Sunburst Design - Instructors - they are simply the best at what they do and they have the experience and qualifications to offer best-in-class training.

Sunburst Design Courses:

Course Customization? - Sunburst Design courses can be customized to include your company's coding guidelines or to modify the course for a different audience. Sections can be added or deleted from a course to meet you company's needs.

Course Syllabus

Day One

Introduction & Overview of Verilog Synthesis Resources

- Important Verilog basics that are not generally understood by most Verilog users. Verilog-1995 and Verilog-2001 configurations, command lines switches, project directory structures, and commands for conditionally compiled Verilog designs and testbenches.

Latches & Priority Encoders
- Introduction to Verilog synthesis design flows. Detailed description of two synthesis problem areas: latches and priority encoders. Detailed description of the synthesis directives "full_case" and "parallel_case", and why they should generally be avoided.

Combinational Logic I
- RTL coding styles for combinational logic, including problems and inefficiencies that arise from poor coding styles. Includes Verilog-2001 (V2K1) combinational logic enhancements. Numerous combinational labs demonstrate many potential problem areas related to common combinational coding styles.

SDF Backannotation
- This section details SDF (Standard Delay Format) file generation, writing Verilog gate-level netlists, gate-level simulations and gate-level simulations using SDF timing (may be important for simulation of full-board and system designs where Static Timing Analysis is not generally practical)

Day Two

Combinational Labs Review
- An in-depth review of all the coding styles used in the combinational labs and the synthesized results. Conclusions are drawn about which coding styles infer the most efficient logic implementations.

Combinational Logic II
- Additional RTL coding styles for combinational logic, including more problems and inefficiencies that occur from poor coding styles. Verilog-2001 (V2K1) enhancements are discussed including reasons to avoid over-usage generate statements. Example of poor usage includes I/O pad instantiation (use the more concise and better supported Array of Instance). More combinational labs demonstrate many potential problem areas related to common combinational coding styles.

Sequential Logic
- This section covers coding styles for sequential logic. Inferring efficient designs using adders and other large resources is also detailed. Also discusses and includes advantages and disadvantages of instantiation.

Synchronous & Asynchronous Reset Design
- Detailed material for selection and usage of synchronous and asynchronous reset design taken from actual design experiences.

Day Three

Nonblocking Assignments
- Detailed instruction on how Verilog blocking and nonblocking assignments work. Verilog scheduling algorithms are discussed and blocking and nonblocking assignment synthesizable model, usage-guidelines are presented. Includes important information that must be considered when doing mixed RTL and gate-level simulations.

IEEE Verilog 2001 Enhancements
- A concise summary of the important IEEE Verilog-2001 enhancements for both design and verification.

State Machines
- Fundamental and advanced coding styles for state machines. Includes important considerations for coding designs for easy debug and optimal synthesis. Why parameter state definitions are used instead of `define. Binary encoded, and efficient onehot coding styles are presented. FSMs with combinational outputs and sequential outputs are also presented.

Day Four

Multi-Clock Design
- Detailed material for efficient coding, synthesizing, and verifying of multi-clock designs, taken from actual design experiences.

Multi-Clock FIFO Design
- Detailed material for efficient implementation of multi-clock FIFO designs.

Testing & Testbenches
- This section covers various testbench stimulus and verification techniques, including use of Verilog tasks to generate bus functional models. Includes a detailed discussion of hierarchical referencing to probe designs and generate self-checking testbenches. Also details the contents of SIMUTIL, a set of simulation tasks for rapid development of self-checking testbenches.

Classroom Details
Training is generally conducted at your facilities. For maximum effectiveness, we recommend having one workstation or PC for every two students, with licenses for your preferred Verilog simulator (we often can help provide the simulator and temporary training licenses).

For more information, contact:
Cliff Cummings - - Sunburst Design, Inc. - 801-960-1996