EDK IPIF development workflow

I am new to EDK (but not ISE) and have some questions about the workflow for developing a custom IPIF peripheral.

The documentation implies that the peripheral is re-imported into EDK once it's development is *complete*. But what if one wants to work iteratively? That is, I would like to start with a stubbed-out design (the one provided in user_logic.vhd) and add to it incrementally, debugging and testing the peripheral from the processor along the way. Is there a simple way to do this? Or does one have to re-import the design every time a internal structural change is made? (The external specification will remain the same.)

Thanks, Anton

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Anton Kowalski
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In the MPD file for your peripheral, add the line:


This will cause EDK to not cache the synthesis results for your peripheral. For simulation, I just use the clean option, then regenerate the simulation files if I change the peripheral. If you are not changing the data files (MPD, TCL, etc), you do not need to rescan the repository.

If you are creating your own peripheral in EDK, you will want to read the "Platform Specification Format Reference Manual" located at $EDK/ doc/psf_rm.pdf


John McCaskill

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John McCaskill

Let me tell you some lessons that I learned over my last couple of EDK projects.

  1. The address decodes and register implementation in user_logic. vhd ist awfull. I stripped out 2ns from the critical path with 5 minutes of editing.
  2. In the design flow we are using we have a rather stable CPU system with complex hardware in development. When implementing the user logic in the EDK project every time you add a register you need to open EDK, change and wire up multiple hierarchy levels of entities and component declaration, etc.

The solution to both problems is simple: We create an IPIF with only one user address range. Usually with a size of 24 bits. (Larger address range means less hardware in the decoders)

Instead of instantiating the user logic inside EDK we bring out the IPIF signals to ports of the EDK system. We instantiate the EDK system in an ISE project and implement the user logic there, doing our own address decoding. This greatly speeds up iterations on the register set. We hardly ever touch EDK again during the design process.

Kolja Sulimma

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