Xilinx

DSP Design/ Connectivity Design

Designing with the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the hard block capabilities for the Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC family with a special emphasis on the RF Data Converter and Soft-Decision FEC blocks.

The focus is on:

  • Describing the RFSoC family in general

  • Identifying applications for the RF Data Converter and SD-FEC blocks

  • Configuring, simulating, and implementing the blocks

  • Verifying the RF Data Converter on real hardware

  • Reviewing power estimation to help identify the power demands of the RFSoC device in various operating modes

  • Identifying proper layout and PCB considerations since the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC is both a high-speed and an analog and digital device

What's New for 2019.1

RF-ADC Hardware

▪ RF direct sampling parameters added

RF-DAC Hardware

▪ RF direct sampling parameters added

RFSoC Hardware (new)

▪ Kit overview and all steps for hardware and software setup for labs and practices

Data Converter Design

▪ New example design and SDK steps now included

Data Converter Practice (new)

▪ Evaluation tool and RF analyzer tool overview

▪ Introduction to the open-source project PYNQ

PCB Design for RFSoC Devices

▪ PCB design challenges introduction (new module)

▪ RF data converter power estimation (new module)

▪ Parameters update for Gen1; parameters for Gen2 added

▪ Insertion loss parameters clarification

▪ Clocking clarification; PCB routing guidelines added

Partners 

Upcoming Program

TechSource Systems is the Sole Distributor and Authorised Training Partner of Mathworks Products

Who Should Attend

Hardware designers interested in understanding the architecture and capabilities of the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC data converter and SD-FEC hard blocks.

Level

Connectivity 3

Duration

3 Days

Course Prerequisites

  • Suggested: Understanding of the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC architecture

  • Basic familiarity with data converter terms and principles

  • Basic familiarity with forward error correction terms and principles​

Software Tools

  • Vivado Design Suite 2019.1

  • SDK 2019.1

Hardware

  • Host computer for running the above software*

  • Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU111 board*

Skills Gained

After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the necessary skills to:

  • Describe in general the new Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC family

  • Identify typical applications for the RF data converters

  • Describe the architecture and functionality of the RF-ADC

  • Utilize the RF-ADC via configuration, simulation, and implementation

  • Describe the architecture and functionality of the RF-DAC

  • Utilize the RF-DAC via configuration, simulation, and implementation

  • Identify the requirements and options for data converter PCB designs

  • Describe the architecture and functionality of the Soft-Decision FEC hard IP

  • Utilize the Soft-Decision FEC via configuration, simulation, and implementation

Course Outline

Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Overview

Overview of the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC architecture, including brief introductions to RF, RF data converter solutions, SD-FEC solutions, driver support, and tool support. {Lectures, Demo}

RF-ADC Hardware

Covers the basics of RF-ADCs. Reviews RF-ADC architecture, functionality, interfaces, configuration, and driver support. {Lectures, Demo, Lab}

RF-DAC Hardware

Covers the basics of RF-DACs. Reviews RF-DAC architecture, functionality, interfaces, configuration, and driver support. {Lectures, Demo, Lab}

RFSoC Hardware

Provides an overview of the ZCU111 board and describes board setup. {Lectures}

Data Converter Design

Describes common features, the design flow, utilizing the example design by simulation and implementation, and verifying RF data converter functionality on real hardware. Includes practice of using a software driver to modify RF data converter parameters. {Lectures, Labs}

Data Converter Practice

Provides practical RF data converter experience using the ZCU111 board evaluation tool and RF analyzer tool. Demonstrates a PYNQ-based application to validate QPSK streams. Describes RF data converter frequency planning. {Lectures, Practices}

PCB Design for RFSoC Devices

Describes power requirements, performing power estimation, and utilizing the power design. Analog signal requirements, PCB materials and layer stackup options, and analog trace design are also covered. {Lectures, Demo, Lab}

Soft-Decision FEC Hardware

Covers the basics of forward error correction. Reviews SD-FEC architecture, functionality, interfaces, configuration, and driver support. {Lectures, Demo, Labs}

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