The HDL Workflow Advisor guides you through the stages of generating HDL code for a Simulink® subsystem and the FPGA design process, such as:
Checking the model for HDL code generation compatibility and automatically fixing incompatible settings.
Generation of HDL code, a test bench, and scripts to build and run the code and test bench.
Generation of cosimulation or SystemVerilog DPI test benches and code coverage (requires HDL Verifier™).
Synthesis and timing analysis through integration with third-party synthesis tools.
Back-annotation of the model with critical path information and other information obtained during synthesis.
Complete automated workflows for selected FPGA development target devices, including FPGA-in-the-loop simulation (requires HDL Verifier), and the Simulink Real-Time™ FPGA I/O workflow.
This example illustrates how you can generate HDL code for the FIR filter model and synthesize the design on an FPGA device. Before you generate HDL code, the model must be compatible for HDL code generation. To check and update your model for HDL compatibility, see Check HDL Compatibility of Simulink Model Using HDL Code Advisor.
This example uses the Symmetric FIR filter model that is compatible for HDL code generation. To open this model at the command line, enter:
The model uses a division of labor that is suitable for HDL design.
symmetric_fir subsystem, which implements the filter
algorithm, is the device under test (DUT). An HDL entity is generated from this
The top-level model components that drive the subsystem work as a test bench.
The top-level model generates 16-bit fixed-point input signals for the
symmetric_fir subsystem. The Signal From Workspace block generates a
test input (stimulus) signal for the filter. The four Constant blocks provide
filter coefficients. The Scope blocks are used for simulation and are not
used for HDL code generation.
To navigate to the
Create a folder named
sl_hdlcoder_work, for example:
sl_hdlcoder_work stores a local copy of the example model and
folders and generated HDL code. Use a folder location that is not within the MATLAB
sl_hdlcoder_work folder your working folder, for
Save a local copy of the
sfir_fixed model to your current
working folder. Leave the model open.
If you do not want to synthesize your design, but want to generate HDL code, you do not
have to set the tool path. In the HDL Workflow Advisor, on the Set Target > Set Target Device and Synthesis Tool step, leave the Synthesis tool setting to the default
No Synthesis Tool Specified, and then run the workflow.
If you want to synthesize your design on a target platform, before you open the HDL
Workflow Advisor and run the workflow, set up the path to your synthesis tool. This example
Vivado®, so you must have already installed Xilinx
Vivado. To set the tool path, use the
hdlsetuptoolpath function to point to an installed Xilinx
Vivado 2019.2 executable. Optionally, you can use a different synthesis tool of your
choice and follow this example. To set the path to that synthesis tool, use
hdlsetuptoolpath. To learn about the latest supported tools, see
HDL Language Support and Supported Third-Party Tools and Hardware.
hdlsetuptoolpath('ToolName','Xilinx Vivado','ToolPath',... 'C:\Xilinx\Vivado\2019.1\bin\vivado.bat');
To start the HDL Workflow Advisor from a Simulink model,
In the Apps tab, select HDL Coder. The HDL Code tab appears.
Select the DUT Subsystem in your model, and make sure that this Subsystem name appears in the Code for option. To remember the selection, you can pin this option. Click Workflow Advisor.
When you open the HDL Workflow Advisor, the code generator might warn that the project folder is incompatible. To open the Advisor, select Remove slprj and continue.
In the HDL Workflow Advisor, the left pane lists the folders in the hierarchy. Each folder represents a group or category of related tasks. From the left pane, you can select a folder or an individual task. The HDL Workflow Advisor displays information about the selected folder or task in the right pane.
To learn more about each individual task, right-click that task, and select What's This?.
To learn more about the HDL Workflow Advisor window, see Getting Started with the HDL Workflow Advisor.
In the Set Target > Set Target Device and Synthesis Tool step, for Synthesis tool, select
Vivado and select Run This Task.
To generate code, right-click the Generate RTL Code and Testbench task, and select Run to Selected Task.
In the FPGA Synthesis and Analysis > Perform Synthesis and P/R > Run Implementation task, clear Skip this task and click Apply.
Right-click the Annotate Model with Synthesis Result and select Run to Selected Task.
To run the HDL workflow at a command line, you can export the Workflow Advisor settings to a script. To export to script, in the HDL Workflow Advisor window, select File > Export to Script. In the Export Workflow Configuration dialog box, enter a file name and save the script.
The script is a MATLAB file that you can run from the command line. You can modify the script directly or, import the script into the HDL Workflow Advisor, modify the tasks, and export the updated script. To learn more, see Run HDL Workflow with a Script.