C-based HLS Coding for Software Designers

Course Description

C-based coding is increasingly used for the modeling and high-level synthesis of hardware components. This course provides software engineers with sufficient knowledge of FPGA hardware to efficiently code for high-level synthesis. Learn the high-level synthesis best practices, methodology, and subtleties of C-based coding for hardware modeling, synthesis, and verification.

Release Date

Sept 2012



Training Duration

1 Day

Who Should Attend?

Software engineers looking to utilize high-level synthesis


C, C++, or System C knowledge Software design experience

Software Tools

Vivado System Edition


Architecture: Zynq™-7000 All Programmable SoC and 7 series FPGAs

Skills Gained

After completing this comprehensive training, you will know how to:

  • Describe the difference between software programming and hardware design
  • Identify the fundamental principles of hardware design
  • Model and simulate hardware components using C
  • Code hardware components in C for high-level synthesis

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Hardware Design for Software Designers
  • Lab 1: Analyze a Simple Top-Level Hardware Design
  • C-based Algorithmic Coding for Hardware
  • Lab 2: High-Level Synthesis of a C Model
  • C-based Testbench Coding
  • Lab 3: Creating a C-based Testbench for a Simple Hardware Component

Lab Descriptions

  • Lab 1: Analyze a Simple Top-Level Hardware Design – Analyze a top-level, two-frequency pulse width modulator (PWM) hardware system. Identify and analyze hardware design components, parallel flow, and control.
  • Lab 2: High-Level Synthesis of C Model – Use various techniques and directives in Vivado HLS to improve design performance. The design under consideration accepts an image in a (custom) RGB format, converts it to the Y’UV color space, and applies a filter to the Y’UV image and converts it back to RGB.
  • Lab 3:Creating a C-based Testbench for a Simple Hardware Component – Develop a verification environment used for testing a C-based design and verification in Vivado HLS. The design under consideration is the same design used in the previous lab, a Y’UV filter.

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