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General Description: What are the differences between the 1.5 and 1.4 versions of the LogiBLOX and CORE Generator tools, and the functions supplied with them?
INTEGRATION ----------- The LogiBLOX GUI is integrated into Viewlogic and Foundation flows. The CORE Generator is available only as a standalone tool in versions up to the C1.5 release. In the 2.1i release, the CORE Generator is integrated into the Foundation Project Manager and Schematic Editor menus and can also be invoked in standalone mode from the Windows Start Menu
FLEXIBILITY ----------- LogiBLOX also allows greater flexibility in selecting which pins will be present on a module, and whether the implementa- tion should aim for minimum area or maximum speed.
4K, CORE Generator: Some of the 4K versions of the Coregen modules may not give you as much flexibility in terms of pinout, but the degree of flexibility in the Virtex cores have been enhanced.
AREA/SPEED TRADEOFFS ------------------------ CORE Generator cores almost always aims for maximum performance. In some of the newer Virtex cores, you may have the option to
RELATIVE CLB PLACEMENT (RPM/RLOC support) ----------------------------------------- Another difference is that ALL cores generated with the CORE Generator are relatively placed.
(Note that in LogiBLOX v1.4, modules that utilize carry logic such as adders and subtracters do use RLOCs, but only to specify the how combinational logic is mapped into the the same CLB with carry logic, not to specify relative placement.) This particular difference will disappear for some additional modules in the M1.5 release, as RLOCs will be used to constrain placement in LogiBLOX accumulator, comparator, and counter modules as well.
RAM implementation: ------------------- - COREGEN: RAMs are 100% relatively placed, and single and dual port RAMs of depth 64 or greater use TBUFs for muxing/address decoding.
- LOGIBLOX: In pre-M1.5 versions of LogiBLOX, RAMs are not relatively placed. In M1.5, the RAMs are relatively placed, but the associated address decode muxes are not.
Also, LogiBLOX v1.5 allows the user to specify the use of TBUFs for muxing in RAMs, if desired.
Architecture Support --------------------
- VIRTEX LogiBLOX does not support Virtex, while the CORE Generator will have limited support of Virtex block RAM modules in the V1.5 release.
- XC3000A, XC5200, XC9500 Only LogiBLOX supports both XC3000A, XC5200 and XC9500 architectures, as well as all XC4000 families. COREGEN does not support XC3000A and XC5200 FPGAs.
THIRD PARTY MODULES ------------------- The CORE Generator also differs in that it also includes datasheets for Xilinx PCI modules, and third-party AllianceCORE modules.
RECOMMENDATIONS --------------- 1. If you need to target XC3000, XC5200, or XC9500 devices, you must use LogiBLOX. Conversely, if you need to generate a Virtex module, you must use the CORE Generator.
2. In general, where a given function is available in both CORE Generator and LogiBLOX, the CORE Generator version should give better performance because the CORE Generator implementation is relatively placed. Not all the LogiBLOX modules are relatively placed.
3. Use LogiBLOX if you want to be able to control the implementation style of your function.
4. Use CORE Generator if you wish to access new functions which are not supported by LogiBLOX, such as:
- square root function - multipliers - FIR filters - Comb filter - other DSP related functions
5. Use CORE Generator if you wish to take advantage of the improved performance associated with the more extensive use of relative placement constraints (ALL CORE Generator modules are relatively placed.)
If you do not need any of the functions supported in the CORE Generator, you can continue to use LogiBLOX.
ROADMAP: ------------------ No new modules are planned for LogiBLOX. All new cores will be supplied through CORE Generator. However, LogiBLOX support will continue to support the cores and architectures it was designed for, namely, 9500, 4K, 5200 and Spartan.
X = supported - = not supported
LogiBLOX COREGen --------- ------------- Accumulators Standard scale by 1/2 Adders Standard Registered Clock Dividers X - Comparators X - Constants X - Counters X - Data Registers X - Decoders X - Inputs/Outputs X - Memories X - Asynchronous RAM X Registered Synchronous Dual Port X Registered FIFO - Registered Multiplexers Variable size 2-, 3-, & 4-input only Pads - Shift Registers X X Simple Gates X - Subtracters X Registered Tristate Buffers X - Parallel-Serial Converter Shift Register option X
COREGEN-only Functions ----------------------- Time Skew Buffers - X Sine-Cosine LUTs - X PDA FIR - X SDA FIR - X Comb Filter - X Registered Scaled Adder - X Complementer - X Integrator - X Square Root - X Delay Element - X ALLIANCE CORES - X
Architecture Support -------------------- XC3000A/L, XC3100A/L Yes No; not planned XC5200 Yes No; not planned XC4000/E/EX/XL/XV Yes Yes Spartan Yes Yes Virtex No limited support in v1.5 9500/XL Yes No; not planned
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