Libero IDE Quick Start Guide

Libero IDE Quick Start Guide
Libero® IDE Quick Start Guide
for Software v9.0
Libero® IDE Quick Start Guide
Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Design Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
1 Tutorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Step 1 - Create a New Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Step 2 - Creating Counter and PLL Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Step 3 - Creating a Top Level with SmartDesign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Step 6 - Synthesizing the Design Using Synplify Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Step 7 - Implementing the Design with Designer (Place-and-Route) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Step 9 - Programming the Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
A Product Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Customer Technical Support Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Contacting the Customer Technical Support Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Non-Technical Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
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This tutorial introduces you to the Microsemi SoC group FPGA development flow using the Libero
Integrated Design Environment. It is a starting point for any FPGA design engineer who is new to
Microsemi SoC, or just wants to learn more about the Libero IDE. After completing this tutorial, you will
know the basics of how to use the Libero IDE and its tools to create a simple design incorporating Libero
IDE Catalog IP core macros, library primitives, and Verilog or VHDL code.
This tutorial uses the IGLOO nano Starter Kit and AGLN250 device, but the same design could be ported
to a different development board with slight changes in pin assignments.
This tutorial includes an introduction to the following tools and features:
Libero IDE Project Manager
Design Explorer
Project Flow Window
Core Catalog
Mentor Graphics ModelSim
Synplicity Synplify Pro
Microsemi Designer
I/O Attribute Editor in MultiView Navigator
Design Overview
The example design that you build in this tutorial is a counter design with a PLL (Phase Locked Loop)
that blinks LEDs on the target board. Figure 1 shows the block diagram of the design.
Figure 1 • Sample Design Block Diagram
The example design contains the following blocks:
2 Counters
1 AND gate
The example design contains the following inputs and outputs:
Inputs: Clock and Reset
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Outputs: 3 LED Drivers
The function of the PLL in the design is to slow down the oscillator clock frequency from 50 MHz to 0.75
MHz. Counter1 is an 18-bit counter with clock input frequency of 0.75 MHz, which slows down the clock
to 2.86 Hz. The Counter2 clock is driven by the 17th bit of the Counter1 and its 3-bit count is displayed on
external LEDs.
The reset provided on the board is used for Asynchronous clear (Aclr) signal. The Lock signal and the
nRESET are connected to a logical AND gate to generate the Aclr signal to the Counter1. This way, the
Counter1 is reset on power-up by the PLL Lock signal, and you have the option to reset the device using
an external reset if needed.
Note: Counter2 is reset by external nRESET only, so that we can see the Flash*Freeze (FF) demo. The
LEDs driven by Counter2 would restart from the same count, as we get in and out of Flash Freeze
using the external switch SW3.
When the FPGA is in Flash*Freeze mode, the lock signal is LOW. If we use a logically ANDed
reset for Counter2, this would have reset Counter2, clearing the data in registers.
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This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for developing and programing a design on the IGLOO
nano Starter Kit board.
Step 1 - Create a New Project
1. From the Start menu, choose Programs > Libero IDE v9.0 > Libero IDE v9.0. The Libero IDE
Project Manager opens (Figure 1-1).
Figure 1-1 • Libero IDE Project Manager
2. From the Project menu, choose New Project.
3. Enter the following values (as shown in Figure 1-2), and click Next.
Project Name: Libero_tutorial
Project Location: c:\Actelprj\Libero_tutorial
Preferred HDL Type: Verilog or VHDL (this tutorial uses Verilog but either option will return the
same results)
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Figure 1-2 • Libero IDE New Project Wizard
4. Enter the following values for Family, Die, and Package (as shown in Figure 1-3) and click Next:
Family: IGLOO
Die: AGLN250V2Z
Package: 100VQFP
Figure 1-3 • Select the Family, Die and Package
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5. Select the tools you wish to use in the Libero IDE (Figure 1-4). If the Libero IDE cannot locate a
tool it displays a ‘?’. If necessary, click the tool and click the Edit button to update the tool profile.
Click Next to proceed.
Figure 1-4 • Select Integrated Tools in the New Project Wizard
Note: With Libero IDE v9.0 and onwards you will see a ‘?’ for WFL, unless you had an earlier version of
Libero IDE (such as v8.6) installed on the same PC.
6. Click Next in the Add Files to your Project dialog box.
Note: You can add files to your new project by clicking Add and selecting the types of files you wish to
add. We will not add any files for this tutorial.
7. Review your project information (Figure 1-5). Click Back to return to any step of the Wizard and
correct information in your project. Click Finish to close the Wizard and create your new project.
8. Click Save All to save your new project.
Figure 1-5 • Review Your Project Settings
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When you create a new project the Libero IDE Project Manager displays the Design Entry,
synthesis, simulation, and programming tools (Figure 1-6).
Figure 1-6 • Libero IDE Project Manager
The main components of the Project Manager are:
Design Explorer
This area provides a hierarchical listing of all the blocks (components) in your design
To view specific files in your design that have not been designated as blocks, such as HDL files, from the
Show pull-down menu choose Modules.
Project Flow
This window offers design flow navigation, enabling you to quickly invoke the tools you need, when you
need them. Your design flow status is tracked and displayed graphically in this window as you develop
your design.
The Catalog provides a browsable listing of all available macros and IP cores available for the selected
device family.
Log Window
This window actively displays important information about your design as you progress through the
various design stages. Errors and warnings can be viewed by selecting individual tabs.
Information Window
This window offers links to new features and lists important properties of your design, pertinent to the
active design stage.
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Step 2 - Creating Counter and PLL Designs
The blocks required in the design can be created using the Catalog. First you will create a PLL block and
the counter blocks, and then glue them together by creating a top level HDL module.
To create a PLL and counter block:
1. From the Catalog, in the Cores Tab, under Clock & Management, double-click PLL- Static (see
Figure 1-7).
Figure 1-7 • Project Manager Catalog - Cores Tab
2. Enter the following in the Static PLL: Create Core dialog box (as shown in Figure 1-8):
Input Clock (CLKA) Frequency: 50 MHz
Input Clock (CLKA) Source: External I/O
Primary Output Frequency: 0.75 MHz
VCO Phase Shift for Primary: 0 deg
Additional Output Delay: 0 ns
Hover your mouse pointer over a field to view a tooltip description of the field.
Accept the default settings for any values not listed above.
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Figure 1-8 • Static PLL Configuration
3. Click Generate. The Generate Core dialog box opens.
4. Name the core CLKGEN (as shown in Figure 1-9) and click OK.
Figure 1-9 • Generate Core Dialog Box
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A component named CLKGEN is now visible in the Design Explorer Hierarchy tab and the Files
5. In the Catalog, double-click Counter (in Basic Blocks) to generate the counter blocks for this
tutorial (Figure 1-10).
Figure 1-10 • Counter in the Catalog
6. The Counters: Create Core dialog box opens. Enter the following values; accept defaults for any
values not specified (Figure 1-11).
Width: 18 bits (this will reduce the frequency to 2.88 MHz)
Async Clear: Active Low
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Figure 1-11 • Counters: Create Core Dialog Box
7. Click Generate. Enter the Core name Counter1 and click OK to continue.
8. Double-click Counter in the Catalog to create another counter to drive the LEDs on the
development board. Enter the following values; accept defaults for any values not specified:
Width: 3 bits
Async Clear: Active Low
9. Click Generate. Enter the Core name Counter2 and click OK to continue.
The PLL and counters are visible on the Project Manager Hierarchy tab and Files tab (Figure
Figure 1-12 • Project Manager Hierarchy and Files Tabs
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10. Click the Save Project button to save your project.
Step 3 - Creating a Top Level with SmartDesign
The next step is to connect the components and make the top-level signal connections. This step can be
done multiple ways, including writing a VHDL or Verilog description. In this tutorial you will use
Microsemi’s SmartDesign tool to create the top level design.
To create a top level with SmartDesign:
1. In the Project Manager, click the SmartDesign button (under Design Entry Tools, Figure 1-13).
The New file dialog box opens with a SmartDesign component selected.
Figure 1-13 • Design Entry Tools in the Project Manager
2. Enter Top in the name field and click OK to continue (Figure 1-14).
Figure 1-14 • New SmartDesign Component Dialog Box
3. Right-click the PLL component CLKGEN in the Hierarchy tab and choose Instantiate in Top to
add it to the SmartDesign Canvas (Figure 1-15).
4. Right-click Counter1 in the Hierarchy tab and choose Instantiate in Top.
5. Right-click Counter2 in the Hierarchy tab and choose Instantiate in Top.
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You can Shift+click to select all three components, right-click, and choose Instantiate in Top to
instantiate them all at once.
Figure 1-15 • Instantiate Components to SmartDesign Canvas - CLKGEN
6. In the Catalog, right-click the AND2 macro and choose Instantiate to Top to add the AND2 cell
to the SmartDesign Canvas. The AND2 macro is in the Catalog > Cores tab under Actel
7. In the SmartDesign View menu, choose Maximize Work Area to expand the SmartDesign
Canvas. This will make it easier to work in SmartDesign.
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8. In the Canvas menu, choose Auto-arrange Instances. After adding and arranging the
components the SmartDesign Canvas resembles Figure 1-16. Click and drag your components to
arrange them if you are not satisfied with the auto-arrange.
Figure 1-16 • SmartDesign Canvas with Components
9. Connect the output LOCK port of the CLKGEN_0 component to the input A port of the AND2_0
component as follows:
Click the LOCK port on the CLKGEN_0 component.
Hold the CTRL key and select the A port of the AND2_0 component.
While holding the CTRL key, right-click and choose Connect.
10. Repeat the procedure above to make the following connections:
CLKGEN_0:GLA -> Counter1_0:Clock
AND2_0:Y -> Counter1_0:Aclr
11. In the Canvas menu, choose Auto-arrange Instances.
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12. Right-click the CLKGEN_0:CLKA port and choose Promote to Top Level (Figure 1-17) to
connect the port to the top level. This port will be connected to a dedicated input pin on the
Figure 1-17 • Connect CLKGEN_0:CLKA to Top Level
13. Right-click the AND2_0:B port and choose Promote to Top Level to connect the port to the top
14. Right-click the Counter2_0:Q[2:0] port and choose Promote to Top Level to connect the port to
the top level.
15. Right-click top-level port B and choose Modify Port to change the name. Enter the new name
as shown in Figure 1-18:
Direction: Input (default)
Figure 1-18 • Modify Port Name
16. Right-click Counter1_0 port Q[17:0] and choose Add Slice. The Add Slice dialog box appears.
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17. Enter 17:17 in the Add Slice dialog box and click OK to continue (Figure 1-19).
Figure 1-19 • Add Slice Dialog Box
18. Click the + sign on port Q of Counter1_0 to expose the slice created in the previous step.
Connect port Q[17] of Counter1_0 to the clock input (Clock) of Counter2_0 (Figure 1-20).
To connect Counter1_0:Q[17] to Counter2_0:Clock:
Click Counter1:0Q[17] to select it.
Control-click Counter2_0:Clock.
Right-click Counter2_0:Clock and choose Connect.
Figure 1-20 • Connecting a Sliced Port to a Clock Input
19. Right-click the CLKGEN_0:POWERDOWN port and choose Tie High to tie it to logic 1.
20. Connect the top level NSYSRESET port to Counter2_0:Aclr component as follows:
Click the Aclr port on the Counter2_0 component.
Hold the CTRL key and select the NSYSRESET of the Top level component.
While holding the CTRL key, right-click and choose Connect.
21. Click the Restore Work Area button to view the Catalog.
22. In the Catalog, under Actel Macros, double-click INBUFF_FF to instantiate it.
The input of the INBUFF_FF controls when the device goes into Flash*Freeze mode (active low
input) and must be promoted to the top level (this is the default setting). Leave the output of the
macro INBUFF_FF floating as it is hardcoded into the silicon to control FlashFreeze mode.
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After connecting the components on your SmartDesign your Canvas should resemble Figure
1-21. Click and drag the components if you are not satisfied with the auto-arrange.
Figure 1-21 • SmartDesign Canvas After Connecting Components
23. Click the Save Project button to save your design.
24. From the SmartDesign menu, choose Check Design Rules to run the Design Rule Checker.
The checker ensures that there are no errors in the design.
Ignore the warning about the floating driver on Counter1_0. Correct any other reported errors.
25. From the SmartDesign menu choose Generate Design. Confirm that the design was generated
successfully (Figure 1-22). Click OK to continue.
Figure 1-22 • Design Generated Successfully
26. From the View menu, choose Restore Work Area to restore the work area to its original size.
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The component Top is now visible in the Project Manager Hierarchy and Files tabs. The Hierarchy
tab displays the full design hierarchy (Figure 1-23).
Figure 1-23 • Top Component in Hierarchy and Files Tabs
27. From the File menu, choose Close to close SmartDesign.
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Step 4 - Modifying the SmartDesign Testbench
SmartDesign creates a testbench that you can use to simulate the design. The testbench has a default
clock frequency of 10 MHz. In this step you will modify the testbench to generate a 50 MHz clock.
To modify the SmartDesign testbench:
1. Click the + sign next to Top on the Project Manager Files tab to expand the hierarchy.
2. Click the + next to Stimulus Files to expose the testbench (testbench.v(hd)) (Figure 1-24).
Figure 1-24 • SmartDesign Testbench on Project Manager Files Tab
3. Double-click testbench.v(hd) to open the testbench in the Libero IDE text editor. From the File
menu, choose Save testbench.v(hd) As. Save the file with the following values:
Save in: C:\Actelprj \Libero_tutorial\stimulus
Filename: usr_testbench.v(hd)
The file usr_testbench.v(hd) is visible in the Design Hierarchy Files tab under User Files >
Stimulus Files (Figure 1-25).
Figure 1-25 • usr_testbench.v(hd) in Design Hierarchy Files Tab
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4. Double-click usr_testbench.v(hd) to open it in the Libero IDE text editor.
5. Change the SYSCLK_PERIOD constant (or parameter) from 100 to 20.
6. Click Save All to save your changes.
7. From the File menu, choose Close to close the usr_testbench.v(hd) file in the editor.
8. Confirm that Top is set as root in the Project Manager Project Flow window. If it is not, right-click
Top in the Hierarchy tab and choose Set as Root (Figure 1-26).
Figure 1-26 • Set As Root in Hierarchy Tab
9. Right-click Top in the Hierarchy tab and choose Organize Stimulus. The Organize Stimulus
dialog box appears (Figure 1-27).
Figure 1-27 • Organize Stimulus Dialog Box
10. Click testbench.v(hd), then click Remove.
11. Click usr_testbench.v(hd) and click Add, then OK. This forces the Libero IDE to use the
modified testbench for simulation.
12. Click the Save Project button to save your project.
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Step 5 - Performing Pre-Synthesis Simulation
In this step you will perform pre-synthesis simulation of the design.
To perform pre-synthesis simulation:
1. From the Project menu, choose Settings and click the Simulation tab (Figure 1-28).
2. Click Do File in ModelSim options and set
Simulation runtime: 200 ms
3. Click Waveforms in ModelSim options and set:
Include Do file: Unchecked (default)
Display waveforms for: DUT
Log all signals in design: Unchecked (default)
4. Click OK to close the Project Settings dialog box.
Figure 1-28 • Libero IDE Project Settings - Simulation ModelSim Options (DO File and Waveforms)
5. Click the Save All button to save your project.
6. Click the ModelSim button in the Project Flow window to launch ModelSim. ModelSim opens
and automatically imports a macro file that contains the links to the design files and gives
simulation commands. The simulator compiles the source files and runs for 200 ms. It will take a
few moments for ModelSim to finish the simulation.
ModelSim displays the signals in the component Top along with the simulation results. (Figure
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7. Scroll in the ModelSim Wave window to verify that the two counters are working properly. You can
undock the simulator to make it easier to view the signals.
Figure 1-29 • ModelSim Wave Window
8. In the ModelSim Wave window, from the File menu choose Quit to close ModelSim. Click Yes
when prompted about quitting.
Step 6 - Synthesizing the Design Using Synplify Pro
Synplify Pro compiles and synthesizes the design into an EDIF (*.edn) file. Your EDIF Netlist is then
automatically translated by Libero IDE into an HDL Netlist. The resulting *.edn and *.vhd files are visible
in the Project Manager Files tab under Synthesis Files.
To synthesize the design using Synplify Pro:
1. Click the Synthesis Synplify button in the Project Manager Project Flow window to launch
Synplify Pro.
2. Change the Frequency in the Synplify Pro GUI to 50 MHz (Figure 1-30).
3. Click the Run button to map the design. When the Ready on the user interface in Synplify Pro
changes to Done the design has been mapped successfully. For this tutorial you can IGNORE
warnings or notes. The warnings generated by the compiler are due to the removal of an instance
which is instantiated in the HDL code, but its output does not drive the outputs of the top-level
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4. From the File menu, choose Exit to close Synplify Pro. Select Yes if prompted about saving
changes to the project.
Figure 1-30 • Synplify Pro GUI
5. Click the Save Project button to save your project.
Step 7 - Implementing the Design with Designer (Place-andRoute)
The next step is to implement the design using Designer. You can use Designer to place-and-route the
design into the FPGA fabric and perform various other implementation tasks such as setting I/O
constraints, performing static timing analysis, and analyzing/estimating power consumption.
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To place-and-route with Designer:
1. Click the Place&Route Designer button in the Project Manager. The Organize Constraints dialog
box appears (Figure 1-31).
Figure 1-31 • Organize Constraints Dialog Box
2. Confirm Top_sdc.sdc appears under Constraints for Designer and click OK. This is a timing
constraint file that was generated by Synplify
3. Accept the default die and package settings in the Device Selection Wizard and click Next.
4. Accept the default settings in the Device Selection Wizard - Variations dialog box and click Next.
5. Accept the default settings in the Device Selection Wizard - Operating Conditions dialog box and
click Finish.
Figure 1-32 • Designer GUI
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6. Click the Compile button in the Designer GUI to compile the design (Figure 1-32). Compile
contains a variety of functions that perform legality checking and basic netlist optimization. It also
calculates and displays the utilization of the design for the selected device.
7. In the Compile Options dialog box, choose Globals Management and enter the following
(Figure 1-33):
Promote regular nets whose fanout is greater than: Checked
Fanout limit: 15
Do not promote more than: 3
Figure 1-33 • Compile Options - Globals Management
8. Click OK to close the Compile Options dialog box and run compile. The Compile button turns
green to indicate the design compiled without any errors.
Designer includes an I/O Attribute Editor that enables you to make pin assignments and set I/O
configurations for your design.
9. Click the I/O Attribute Editor button in the Designer GUI to open the I/O Editor. The I/O Attribute
Editor opens in the MultiView Navigator (Figure 1-34).
Figure 1-34 • I/O Editor in MultiView Navigator
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10. To make a pin assignment, select the pin number for each port from the pull-down menu (Figure
Note: The pin assignments for the IGLOO nano Starter Kit are shown in figure Figure 1-35; if you are
using other boards or kits, see the schematics included with the kit for the correct port and pin
Figure 1-35 • I/O Attribute Editor with Pin Assignments for the IGLOO Starter Kit
11. From the MultiView Navigator File menu, choose Commit and Check to commit your changes.
12. From the MultiView Navigator File menu, choose Exit to close and continue.
13. In Designer, click the Save button to save your design.
14. Click Layout in Designer to run layout on the design.
15. Click OK to accept the default layout options (Figure 1-36).
Figure 1-36 • Layout Options in Designer
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The Layout button turns green to indicate the design completed layout without any errors (Figure
Figure 1-37 • Designer GUI - Successful Layout
Using SmartTime
Next we will perform static timing analysis using SmartTime. SmartTime reads your design and displays
postlayout timing information (pre-layout, if invoked before place-and-route). SmartTime includes a
Constraints Editor and a Timing Analyzer.
Timing constraints from Synthesis are imported into Designer by default. If you want to add additional
clock constraints or over-constrain the present clock for place-and-route, you can do that in SmartTime.
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To perform static timing analysis with SmartTime:
1. Click the Constraints Editor button to open the SmartTime Constraints Editor (Figure 1-38). You
will create a clock constraint for the clock in your design.
Figure 1-38 • SmartTime Constraints Editor
2. Right-click Clock in the Constraints Editor and choose Add Clock Constraint. The Create Clock
Constraint dialog box appears (Figure 1-39).
Figure 1-39 • Create Clock Constraint Dialog Box
3. Set the following values for your clock constraint:
Clock: CLKA
Frequency: 50 MHz
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Click OK to continue. A green flag next to the name of the clock indicates that the constraint was
entered correctly (Figure 1-40).
Figure 1-40 • SmartTime Constraints Editor - Clock Constraint with Frequency of 50 MHz
The generated clock is set automatically based on the PLL input (which is CLKA), and the PLL
setting. Click Generated Clock in the SmartTime constraint editor to see the generated clock
(Figure 1-41)
Figure 1-41 • Automatically Generated PLL Clock in Constraints Editor
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4. From the Tools menu, choose Timing Analyzer > Maximum Delay Analysis. Select the
Register to Register path set for the CLKGEN_0/Core:GLA clock domain. Observe that the
Slack column is positive, indicating that there are no timing violations (Figure 1-42).
Figure 1-42 • SmartTime Max Delay Timing Analysis
Click one of the source pins to view detailed timing analysis for the selected path in the Path
5. From the Tools menu, choose Timing Analyzer > Minimum Delay Analysis. Select the
Register to Register path set for the CLKGEN_0/Core:GLA clock domain. Note that there are
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no hold violations, as the slack column is positive. Double-click a path to view path details (Figure
Figure 1-43 • SmartTime Min Delay Timing Analysis
6. From the SmartTime File menu, choose Commit to commit your changes.
7. From the SmartTime File menu, choose Exit to close SmartTime.
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Using SmartPower (Optional)
SmartPower (Figure 1-44) enables you to estimate the power consumption in your design. This enables
you to make adjustments (where possible) to reduce it.
Figure 1-44 • SmartPower Analysis GUI
The constraints that we set in Smart Time are imported into Smart Power. SmartPower includes the
following tabs:
Summary - Displays the total power consumption, the temperature and voltage operating
conditions, battery capacity in mA/hr and the projected battery life.
Domains - Displays a list of existing domains with their corresponding clock and data
frequencies. Use the Domains tab to set different clock frequencies and observe the effect on
power consumption.
Analysis - Displays detailed hierarchical reports of the power consumption.
Activity - Used to attach switching activity attributes to the interconnects of the design.
Back-Annotation generates a SDF file that contains timing information for your design. It is used for postlayout, timing-accurate simulation.
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To run Back-Annotation:
1. Click Back-Annotate to extract post-layout timing delay information from your design for
simulation. The Back-Annotate dialog box appears (Figure 1-45).
Figure 1-45 • Back-Annotate Dialog Box
2. Leave the default settings and click OK to continue. The Designer Log window shows the
command succeeded. The Back-Annotate icon in Designer turns green.
3. In Designer, from the File menu, choose Save to save your changes to Top.adb. Close Designer
to continue the tutorial (File > Exit).
4. In the Project Manager Hierarchy tab, right-click Top and choose Run Post-Layout Simulation.
ModelSim opens.
5. In ModelSim, let the simulation run for a short period of time (wait 10-20 seconds). You can stop
the simulation from the ModelSim menu (Simulate > Break). Use the zoom buttons to change the
scale and view details in the waveforms.
6. Close ModelSim.
Generating a Programming File
1. Click Designer in the Project Manager to open it. Make sure that the Top.adb file is open.
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2. Click Programming File to open the FlashPoint Programming File Generator (Figure 1-46).
Figure 1-46 • FlashPoint Programming File Generator Dialog Box
3. Leave the default options in FlashPoint and click Finish.
The Generate Programming Files dialog box appears (Figure 1-47).
Figure 1-47 • Generate Programming Files Dialog Box
4. Specify the PDB output format and click Generate.
That the Programming File button in Designer turns green and the log window shows that the
programming command succeeded. Save the file and close ModelSim.
IMPORTANT: Before programming the device, ensure that the I/O bank voltages are configured
properly on the target board. Table 1-1 lists the default software settings for I/O voltages on the
target devices. If you are using the default I/O voltage settings use this table to define the
appropriate I/O voltage settings on your target board. If you modified the I/O voltage settings, set
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the I/O voltages on the target board to match the I/O voltage settings you have selected in
Table 1-1 • Default Software Settings for I/O Supply Voltage
Target Development Board
IGLOO Icicle Board
IGLOO nano Starter Kit
IGLOO PLUS Starter Kit
ProASIC3 Starter Kit
Cortex-M1 enabled IGLOO or ProASIC3 Starter Kit (with 3 I/O connectors)
Cortex-M1 enabled ProASIC3 Starter Kit (with 2 I/O connectors)
3.3 V
Step 9 - Programming the Device
These instructions are written specifically for the IGLOO nano Starter Kit. Jumper and LED numbers are
different for other boards.
Initial Setup
Flash-based FPGAs are programmed by configuring the flash switches in the device, which determine
the interconnect routing and configuration of logic to be used. The programming file created earlier in this
tutorial contains all the information that the programmer needs to program the device. Since no external
PROM is needed for flash FPGAs, you program and reprogram the device directly. Microsemi’s flash
FPGAs are programmable by either a generic, standalone device programmer or by In-System
Programming (ISP). Microsemi supports ISP using JTAG, which is supported by the FlashPro3, an onboard microprocessor, or other generic JTAG programmers.
Please visit Microsemi's website for more information about programming flash FPGAs
Please visit your specific board’s documentation for instructions on how to set up the hardware for
programming. Although the programming hardware may differ, the programming software is the same for
the FlashPro3 or FlashPro4.
You must set up the programmer before you can program your device. To do so:
1. Plug the USB cable into the board to power it up.
The board is powered by the USB connection and no external supply is required; a 5V wall-jack
connector is provided as an alternative if USB power is not available.
2. LED9 illuminates, indicating that power is supplied to the board.
3. Install the driver for the programmer once the system prompts and shows found new hardware.
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Libero® IDE Quick Start Guide
Programming the Device
To program the device:
1. Make sure that you have made all the connections on the board. In the Project Flow window in the
Project Manager click Programming-FlashPro. When you open FlashPro, the software
automatically connects to the Low Cost Programming Stick (LCPS) (Figure 1-48).
Figure 1-48 • FlashPro Programmer
The Programmer List window shows the programmer name, type, and port used. A successful
connection, or any error, appears in the FlashPro log window. The Top.pdb file is automatically
loaded when FlashPro3 is opened using the Libero IDE Project Manager.
2. Optional: If you want to load the file manually, click Configure Device, browse your project
directory and load the Top.pdb file.
3. When the configuration is complete, click Program in the FlashPro screen to program the device.
The FlashPro log and the Programmer List windows display current programming status (Figure
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Do not disturb the power cord when programming; it could damage the device.
Figure 1-49 • FlashPro Programming Status
Running the Design
After the programming completes, the device will be active, and you should observe the LEDs counting.
Perform a reset by pushing the reset button on the board to reset the counters at any time (SW1).
You can also observe the FlashFreeze mode for the device. When counter is running, use SW6 to assert
FF externally. The counter would go off, as the FPGA would be in low power FlashFreeze mode, while
the content of all the registers in the design are preserved. Turning on the switch starts the LED count
from the state where it was when FlashFreeze was asserted.
Congratulations! You have completed the Libero IDE tutorial.
A – Product Support
The Microsemi SoC Products Group backs its products with various support services including a
Customer Technical Support Center and Non-Technical Customer Service. This appendix contains
information about contacting the SoC Products Group and using these support services.
Customer Technical Support Center
The SoC Products Group staffs its Customer Technical Support Center with highly skilled engineers who
can help answer your hardware, software, and design questions. The Customer Technical Support
Center spends a great deal of time creating application notes and answers to FAQs. So, before you
contact us, please visit our online resources. It is very likely we have already answered your questions.
SoC Products Group Technical Support
Visit the SoC Products Group Customer Support website (
for more information and support. Many answers available on the searchable web resource include
diagrams, illustrations, and links to other resources on the website.
You can browse a variety of technical and non-technical information on the SoC Products Group home
page, at
Contacting the Customer Technical Support Center
Highly skilled engineers staff the Technical Support Center from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time,
Monday through Friday.
You can communicate your technical questions to our email address and receive answers back by email,
fax, or phone. Also, if you have design problems, you can email your design files to receive assistance.
We constantly monitor the email account throughout the day. When sending your request to us, please
be sure to include your full name, company name, and your contact information for efficient processing of
your request.
The technical support email address is [email protected]
Our Technical Support Center answers all calls. The center retrieves information, such as your name,
company name, phone number and your question, and then issues a case number. The Center then
forwards the information to a queue where the first available application engineer receives the data and
returns your call. The phone hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.
The Technical Support numbers are:
Customers needing assistance outside the US time zones can either contact technical support via email
([email protected]) or contact a local sales office. Sales office listings can be found on the
website at
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Non-Technical Customer Service
Contact Customer Service for non-technical product support, such as product pricing, product upgrades,
update information, order status, and authorization.
Actel's customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM Pacific
Time, to answer non-technical questions.
Phone: +1 650.318.2470
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