What’s New in AMD Vivado™ Design Tools


Vivado 2024.1 Release Highlights

General Access of MicroBlaze™ V soft processor (based on RISC V Open-Source ISA)

QoR (FMAX) Enhancements for Versal Devices ​

  • Optimized clocking and P&R across SLR boundaries (for multi-SLR Versal devices)​
  • User-controlled retiming during physical optimization​
  • User-controlled clock tree selection for clock skew minimization​

Dynamic Function eXchange (DFX) Enhancements​

  • Enhanced reporting of DFX designs to assist with design closure​
  • Add support for tandem configuration and DFX targeting Versal SSIT devices to meet PCIe® timing requirements​

Power Design Manager​

  • Added Zynq™ RFSoC family support​
  • Built-in graphs for what-if analysis and visualization of power categories​
  • Ability to export PDM content to spreadsheet for fast information sharing

Vivado What's New by Category

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  • Optimized clocking and P&R for designs spanning SLR boundaries (multi-SLR Versal devices)
  • User-controlled retiming during physical optimization
  • User-controlled clock tree selection for clock skew minimization
  • Enhanced clock placement and partitioning for designs with many low fanout clocks
  • More consistent project recreation from TCL scripts to help with revision control of IPI-based designs
  • General access of MicroBlaze V soft processor (based on RISC V Open-Source ISA)
  • Enhanced reporting of DFX designs to assist with timing closure
  • Tandem configuration for meeting PCIe® timing requirements (Versal Premium and Versal HBM Series)
  • NoC clock gating for power reduction

What’s New - 2023.2 Release Highlights

Meeting Fmax targets​

  • Increase performance of designs in Versal Premium and Versal HBM devices with automatic place & route of SLR crossings
  • Faster device image generation with multi-threaded support

Ease of use enhancements in IPI, DFX, Debug and Simulation​​

  • New GUI window added for address path visualization from source and sink for Versal devices in IPI
  • Manually Assigned Address Locking Capability in BDs (IPI)
  • Improved visualization for DFX floorplans in Versal devices
  • Added support for Tandem+DFX in the same design for Versal Monolithic devices
  • Expanded support for Tandem Configuration for Queue DMA IP in UltraScale+ devices
  • Vivado Simulator VCD support for SystemC users

Vivado ML What's New by Category

Expand the sections below to learn more about the new features and enhancements in Vivado™ ML 2023.2.

Devices that are production-ready:

  • Versal HBM: XCVH1742 and XCVH1782
  • Versal Premium: XQVP1502, XQVP1202 and XQVP1402
  • Increase performance of designs in Versal Premium and Versal HBM devices with automatic place & route of SLR crossings
  • Faster device image generation with multi-threaded support
  • New GUI window added for address path visualization from source and sink for Versal devices in IPI
  • Manually Assigned Address Locking Capability in BDs (IPI)
  • Improved visualization for DFX floorplans in Versal devices
  • Added support for Tandem+DFX in the same design for Versal Monolithic devices
  • Expanded support for Tandem Configuration for Queue DMA IP in UltraScale+ devices
  • Vivado XSIM VCD support for SystemC users
  • Adding STAPL file support for UltraScale+ devices
  • Third-party simulator support updates

What's New in 2023.1 Key Highlights

  • Average QoR Improvement of 8% for Versal™ adaptive SoCs and 13% for UltraScale+ FPGAs using Intelligent Design Runs*
  • Power Design Manager (PDM) now a part of Unified Installer
  • Added support for Versal HBM devices in PDM  
  • Extending multithreading support for bitstream generation for Versal devices 
  • Enhancements in Report QoR Assessment (RQA)  

Vivado ML What's New by Category

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  • Devices that are production-ready
    • Versal AI Core Devices: XQVC1702 
  • Code Coverage Support
  • Updated simulation tools for 3rd party tools
  • Enhanced support for export simulation flow 
  • Bitstream generation via multithreading – Extending support for Versal
  • Flexible MARK_DEBUG Processing during PnR
  • New Post-Placement Physical Optimizations
  • VHDL-2019 Support 
  • Intelligent Design Run (IDR) improvements – For Versal and UltraScale+ Designs
  • Report QoR Assessment (RQA) enhancements
  • BSCAN Fallback for AXI Debug Hub for Versal
  • DFX Debug Support for ‘Insertion’ Flow – Versal 

PCIE subsystems

  • CPM5 x86 host drivers for Linux and DPDK
  • Improved performance in QDMA v5.0


  • DCMAC, HSC, QSGMII production on versal premium
  • Versal 400G RS-FEC with hard Interlaken on MRMAC FEC


  • RFSoC DFE IP- New FT PRACH IP, Updated PRACH IP for multiband, Eval tool EoU enhancements
  • ORAN-PL resource reduction for Macro/Small cell
  • Enhancement multiband support


  • Versal HBMZE Public Access
  • HBM2E System C simulation

Infrastructure, Embedded, GT Wizards

  •  ECC enablement on soft CAN and AXI Stream FIFO


  • DisplayPort 2.1 Tx
  • HDMI 2.1 Compliance on ZU+
  • MPI CSI RX IP and DSP IP Enhancements
  • New MIPI CSI -2 RX example design on VEK280
  • VDU General Access 

* Testing done by Vivado engineering team as of March 26th, 2023 on 45 Customer designs for Versal using the Vivado ML Software tool version 2023.1 running with IDR (Intelligent Design Runs) mode versus without (default mode). Results reflect a single test run of all designs, differences calculated and averaged. Actual results will vary due to factors including specific design, system configuration, and software versions. VIV-003
* Testing done by Vivado engineering team as of April 14th, 2023 on 50 Customer designs for UltraScale+ on Vivado ML software 2023.1 in IDR mode and without (default mode).    Results reflect a single test run of all designs, differences calculated and averaged. Actual results will vary due to factors including specific design, system configuration, and software versions. VIV-004



What's New in 2022.2 Key Highlights

  • Introducing Power Design Manager for Versal™ ACAP & Kria™ SOM
  • Intelligent Design Run now supported for Versal devices shows average 5% QoR improvement over explore strategy *
  • 1.4X compile time speed-up for UltraScale+™ architecture designs with Incremental Compile Flow **
  • Abstract Shell for DFX now supported for Versal devices and in project mode
  • DFX support enabled for Versal Premium SSI devices

Vivado ML What's New by Category

Expand the sections below to learn more about the new features and enhancements in Vivado™ ML 2022.2.

  • Devices enabled in the Enterprise Edition of Vivado ML 
    • Versal™ Premium Series: XCVP1702, XCVP1802, XCVP1102
  • Devices enabled in Standard and Enterprise Editions 
    • Kria™ SOM: XCK24
  • Devices that are production-ready
    • Versal Premium Series: XCVP1202
    • Versal Prime Series: XCVM1502
    • Versal AI Core Series: XCVC1702, XCVC1502
  • 25% reduction in peak disk footprint installation

​Infrastructure and Embedded​

  • Soft Endpoint Protection Unit (EPU) IP for protecting AXI agents residing in the PL​


  • Embedded RDMA enabled NIC (ERNIC) now supports up to 2k Queue Pairs (QP)

Gigabit Transceiver (GT) Wizard

  • Versal GTMs now support rate switching between half and full density 
  • 16 configurations for Versal GTY/GTYP (limited to internal BRAM capacity)


  • 100G Multi-rate Ethernet MAC Subsystems (MRMAC) 
    • Enabled 100G Ethernet 106G serial lane support
  • 600G Multi-rate Ethernet MAC Subsystem (DCMAC) 
    • Enabled 100GE, 200GE, 400GE 106G serial per lane support 
  • Aurora 64B/66B 
    • Added support for 16 lanes of GTYP or Gigabit Transceiver Module (GTM) on Versal Premium 


  • Zynq™ RFSoC DFE IP Update: Channel Filter and DUC-DDC UL/DL sharing 
  • Zynq RFSoC DFE DPD Update: PL resource reduction 
  • Zynq RFSoC DFE O-RU TRD: Updated w/ Low PHY processing only

PCIe® Subsystems 

  • CPM5 x86 host drivers for Linux and DPDK in public release on GitHub 
  • Versal CPM5 PCIe BMD Simulation Design (from CED Store) 
  • Versal CPM Tandem PCIe Design (from CED Store) 
  • QDMA v5.0 improved performance/resource utilization 


  • Versal AI Edge enablement of soft IPs and Video Decoder Unit (VDU)
  • Warp Processor IP in production
  • Ultra HD 8K multimedia solution enablement for 
    • HDMI2.1
    • Video Mixer IP 
  • AXI streaming NoC MxN support in IP Integrator 
  • New address remap feature
  • Vivado for default syntax checking
  • Address path visualization
  • XML to JSON format for XCI files
  • Support for System Verilog “Interface Class”
  • Debug support for reference type System Verilog objects via tcl command and object window
  • VHDL-2008 support
  • Support for PCIe Debugger on new Versal architectures
    • VP1502
    • VP1702
    • VP1802
  • HBM2E Debugger support on Versal HBM devices
  • Integrated Bit Error Ratio Tester (IBERT) support on new Versal architectures
    • VP1502
    • VP1702
    • VP1802
  • QoR optimization for high fanout nets  
  • Placer replication for hard IP blocks 
  • Two new partitioning constraints for SSI designs  
  • LUT decomposition option to reduce congestion 
  • Incremental implementation enabled for monolithic Versal devices 
  • Support ECO flow for Versal devices 
  • New content added to QoR assessment report
  • Average 5% QoR improvement for Versal designs when Intelligent Design Runs is enabled 
  • DFX support for SSI devices 
  • Abstract Shell support for Versal Premium and Versal HBM devices 
  • Abstract Shell support for project-based mode 

* Measurements are done by Vivado engineering team as of October 1st, 2022 on 48 Customer designs for Versal. Comparison is of Worst Negative Slack (WNS) on Explore Strategy vs. Intelligent Design on 2022.2 Vivado ML software tool. Actual improvement uplift for commercial systems may vary based on factors including system hardware, software and driver versions, and BIOS settings. 
** Measurements are done by Vivado engineering team as of October 1st 2022 on 68 designs comparing Default vs. Incremental compile on Vivado ML software tool 2022.2.  Six outlier compares in excess of 6x were discarded to provide a more representative performance average. 5% of design incrementally compiled for comparison. Actual improvement uplift for commercial systems may vary based on factors including system hardware, software and driver versions, and BIOS settings. 



Vivado ML What's New by Category

Expand the sections below to learn more about the new features and enhancements in Vivado™ ML 2022.1.

The following devices have been enabled both in the Enterprise Edition of Vivado ML

  • Defense-Grade Versal AI Core Series: XQVC1902      
  • Space-Grade Versal AI Core Series: XQRVC1902
  • Versal AI Core Series: XCVC1702, XCVC1502
  • Versal AI Edge Series: XCVE1752
  • Defense-Grade Versal Prime Series: XQVM1802
  • Versal Prime Series: XCVM1402, XCVM1302, XCVM1502
  • Versal Premium Series: XCVP1202

The following devices have been enabled both in standard and Enterprise Edition

  • Artix UltraScale+: XCAU15P, XCAU10P
  • Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs: XAZU1EG


  • Versal Premium support:
    • 600G Ethernet Subsystem
    • 600G Interlaken with RS-FEC Subsystem
    • High Speed Crypto Engine (HSC) Subsystem
    • Aurora 64B/66B NRZ GTM
    • JESD204C 64B/66B GTM
  •  Aurora 8B/10B supported in Artix UltraScale+ GTH
  •  GTM 64G Ethernet PAM4 preset available
  •  GTM XSR (Extra Short Range) preset available
  • ML Based resource estimation
  • Simpler format to user revision control
  • Module reference enhancement
    • Add Block Design as module reference into another BD
  • CIPS block automation now supports DDR and LPDDR simultaneously
  • Versal Hardblock planner in production in 2022.1 
  • Slice in aggregates – VHDL 2008
  • Design unit name for SystemC in scope window
  • Design Methodology Violation Awareness
    • Popup warnings when opening a design with violations
  • Interactive QoR Assessment Report
    • Report QoR Assessment (RQA) score displayed in Design Runs
  • Easily Access Timing Closure Features in Projects
    • For Versal we now have ML Strategies and Intelligent Design Runs
  • Automatic QoR Suggestions Flow
    • Use when iterating designs with difficult-to-meet timing
  • Versal QoR Improvements Throughout Vivado
    • 5-8% average QoR improvement
  • IBERT and PCIe debugger support for Versal H10
  • Support for trigger at startup with Versal ILA and Storage qualification 
  • Chipscopy enhancements 

Vivado ML What's New by Category

Expand the sections below to learn more about the new features and enhancements in Vivado™ ML 2021.2.

The following devices have been enabled both in the Enterprise and Standard Editions of Vivado ML​

  • Artix UltraScale+ Devices: XCAU20P andXCAU25P

Timing and QoR Enhancements:

  • Provide support for users to input high-level throughput constraints​
  • Improve HLS timing estimation accuracy: When HLS reports timing closure, the RTL synthesis in Vivado should also expect to meet timing

Ease of Use Enhancements

Add interface adaptors report in the C synthesis reports:

  • Users need to know the resource impact that interface adaptors have on their design
  • Interface adaptors have variable properties that impact design QoR
  • Some of these properties have associated user controls which should be reported to users
  • Text version of bind_op and bind_storage reports are provided

Analysis & Reporting

The Function Call Graph Viewer has some new features:

  • New mouse drag based zoom in and out capability
  • New Overview feature that shows the full graph and allows the user to zoom in on parts of the overall graph
  • All functions and loops are shown along with their simulation data

A new Timeline Trace Viewer is now available after simulation. This viewer shows the runtime profile of your design and allows the user to remain in the Vitis HLS GUI.

  • Versal Premium GTM support 600G Interlaken preset​
  • Versal Premium GTM support for 100GE preset​
  • New Versal Premium Integrated 600G Interlaken Simulation Support​
  • EPC IP is now supported in Versal devices​
  • XPM Memory and XPM FIFO now support mixed RAM mode,​
    using 'ram_style = "mixed"'​
  • Lossless Compression IP added support for an enhanced decompression mode, doubling throughput for an added LUT cost​
  • Released PCIe Subsystems support for Artix UltraScale+ FPGAs​
  • Expanded PCIe Subsystems device support for Versal ACAPs

Intelligent Design Runs (IDR)

  • Improved reporting content: 
    • Removed irrelevant table entries and inactive links
    • Added design statistics for all stages
  • Bitstream generation available as a right-click menu selection
  • Terminate runs available as a right-click menu selection

ML-based placer directive prediction

  • Up to 3 top-performing placer directives are predicted at place_design run time
  • Use place_design -directive option with values: Auto_1, Auto_2, and Auto_3

Vivado ML What's New by Category

Expand the sections below to learn more about the new features and enhancements in Vivado™ ML 2021.1

  • Versal™ AI Core Series: - XCVC1902 and XCVC1802​
  • Versal Prime Series: - XCVM1802​
  • Virtex™ UltraScale+™ HBM device: ​XCVU57P
  • Flexlm version upgraded to
    • Support 64-bit versions of Linux and Windows only​
    • Customer using floating license must upgrade licensing utilities to Flexlm​
  • Block Design Container
    • 2021.1 is the production release for block design containers.  ​
    • Enables Modular Designing for Reusability​
    • Allows Team Based Designs​
    • Enables DFX Flow in the Project Mode​
    • Ability to specify variants for simulation and synthesis ​
    • Address management for BDCs from the Top-level BD
  • Vivado Store​
    • Download boards and example designs from GitHub​
    • 3rd party board partners can contribute to these repositories asynchronously to Vivado releases
  • IP/IPI Revision Control Improvements​
    • Migration of older Vivado projects to new directory structure 
  • CIPS 3.0 ​
    • IP Re-architecture of CIPS to Hierarchical Model​
    • New Modular User Interface​
  • Vivado Text Editor – Sigasi Backend​
    • Language protocol server supporting:​
      • Autocomplete​
      • Go to Definition / Find Usages​
      • Tool-tips​
      • Indent (Range only in VHDL)​
      • Syntax Errors and Warnings as you type​
      • Code folding​
      • Semantic Highlighting
  • IPI Designer Assistance for CIPS & NoC​
    • Enables intuitive Block Automation for NoC & CIPS connectivity​
    • Allows easier creation of designs that access all available memory connected to the device or on the board, e.g. DDR and LPDDR
  • Non-Power of 2 DDR Assignment through Interconnect​
    • IPI now supports non-power-of-2 (NPOT) address assignments across Address Paths with one or more SmartConnect IP​
  • IP Packager Enhancements
    • Packager customer experience improvements​
      • Connectivity of custom interfaces in IPI / Custom IP​
      • XPM memory in the packager​
      •   Ability to tag files as SV or VHDL-2008 in the packager from package an IP from a directory​
    • Production release for packaged RTL IP as Vitis kernel​
      • Kernel specific DRCs within IP packager​
      • Ease of use ​
      • Preservation of metadata in these packaged IPs for Vitis kernel usage
  • IP Enhancements – Data Center
    • PCIe Subsystems​
      • Early access support for CPM5, PL PCIE5, and GTYP in Versal Premium​
      • CPM4 support in Versal CIPS Verification IP (VIP) for simulation​
    • Introducing the Algorithmic CAM IP​
      • EA for US+ devices​
    • AXI IIC improvement to dynamic read mode function​
    • SmartConnect support for non-power-of-two address ranges​
    • XilSEM library API release & documentation in UG643​
    • SEM IP core device support additions for US+ devices
  • IP Enhancements – Video and Imaging ​
    • Video and Image Interface IPs​
      • CSI TX subsystem adds support for YUV422 10bit​
      • DisplayPort Subsystems add support for HDCP2.2/2.3 repeater feature​
      • HDMI2.1 (controlled access) adds support for Dynamic HDR, and enhanced gaming features (VRR, FVA, QMS and ALLM)​
    • New IP: Warp Processor for digitally manipulating images ​
      • Supports Keystone distortion, Barrel and Pincushion distortions and Arbitrary distortions​
      • Scaling: 0.5x, 1x, 2x; Rotation: -90 to +90 deg​
      • Resolutions from 320x240 to 3840x2160, with multichannel support​
      • Input and Output: 8/10/12 bpc YUV, RGB
  • IP Enhancements - Wired
    • 100G Multirate Ethernet Subsystem - MRMAC ​
      • 10G/25G/40G/50G/100G Ethernet NRZ GTM ​
      • MRMAC 25G Ethernet at –1LP​
  • IP Enhancements – Wireless  ​
    • O-RAN  ​
      • Static/Dynamic Compression/Decompression Function in the IP core (BFP + Modulation)​
      • New interface to support LTE Section Extension Type 3 information and feed an external LTE precoding block through a single interface​
      • Support for Beam ID mapping per Slot (in addition to existing per Symbol method)​
      • Support for DL Section Type 3 messages​
      • Section Type 0 added to PDxCH BID port​
      • Max Ethernet packet size increased to 16000 bytes (Support for 9600 byte jumbo frames)​
  •  IP Enhancements – Storage
    • NVMeHA now supports Versal and VU23P devices​
    • NVMeTC now supports Versal and VU23P devices​
    • ERNIC now supports Versal​
      • Native connection to the MRMAC​
    • AES-XTS available only by special request
  • IP Enhancements XPM
    • XPM_Memory and EMG now support all URAM sizes​
    • XPM_Memory and EMG now support mixed RAM combinations​
      • Use ram_style = "mixed"​ 
    • XPM_Memory and XPM_FIFO allow disabling of assertions for broader simulation support​
      •  DISABLE_XPM_ASSERTIONS define has been added
  • IP Enhancements - GT Wizard 
    • Versal GTY Wizard Production
    • Versal GTYP Wizard available as EA
    • Versal GTM Wizard available as EA    
  • Vitis HLS  2021.1 – Production Versal Support ​
  • Versal timing calibration and new controls for DSP block native floating-point operations​
  • Flushable pipeline option with lower fanout logic (free running pipeline a.k.a. frp) ​
  • Enhanced automatic memory partitioning algorithm and new config_array_partition option​
  • New “Flow Navigator” in GUI and merged views for synthesis, analysis and debug​
  • Vitis flow “never ending” streaming kernel support for low runtime overhead​
  • Function call graph viewer with heatmap for II, latency and DSP/BRAM utilization​
  • New synthesis report section for BIND_OP and BIND_STORAGE​
  • Improved data-driven pragma handling for better consistency​
  • Vivado report and new export IP widgets to pass options to Vivado​
  • New text report after C synthesis to reflect GUI information

ML model Integration

  • Machine Learning models to predict and select optimizations​
    • 30% compilation speedup for Versal designs

New Synthesis Features

  • XPM_MEMORY supports heterogeneous RAM mapping​
    • Memory array mapped using all device resource types: UltraRAM, Block RAM, and LUTRAM​
    • Most efficient use of all resources​
    • Use parameter or generic: MEMORY_PRIMITIVE(“mixed”)​
    • Does not support WRITE_MODE = NO_CHANGE​
    • VHDL-2008: new support for the to_string() function​
    • Log report includes RTL overrides of IP generics and parameters

Machine Learning models in implementation​

  • Predict routing congestion and route delays​
  • Better correlation between placement-based estimation and actual routing à better Fmax and reduced compile times​

opt_design -resynth_remap​

  • New timing-driven logic cone resynthesis optimizations that reduce logic levels​

Manually retime LUTs and registers during placement with XDC properties ​


New Features for Versal Devices​

  • Calibrated Deskew adjusts the clock network delay taps before device startup to further minimize skew​
  • Automatic pipeline insertion improves clock speed by on paths…​
    • Between PL and NoC and between PL and AI Engines
    • Available both from the AXI Regslice IP and by using auto-pipeline properties​
    • Adds latency to pipelined paths​
  • Elastic pipelines from shift register primitives (SRLs) ​
    • pipelines are built around an SRL which holds excess pipeline stages​
    • Placer builds the ideal pipeline based on source and destination placement ​
    • Stages can be pulled out of the SRL to cover a wider distance​
    • Stages are absorbed by the SRL to shrink the pipeline for shorter distances​
    • Preserves latency on pipelined paths

Intelligent Design Runs:

  • Intelligent Design Runs (IDR) gives pushbutton access to a new, powerful automated timing closure flow ​
    • report_qor_suggestions​
    • ML strategy prediction​
    • Incremental Compile​
  • Available in Vivado projects and is launched by a right-click menu selection of an implementation run that fails timing. ​The IDR Reports dashboard details the flow progress and provides hyperlinks to the related reports.​A great option for users with timing closure difficulty​
    • QoR gain average >10%

Report QoR Suggestions (RQS) Improvements​

  • DFX-aware QoR suggestions​
    • Suggestions given only on DFX modules when static is locked​
    • No suggestions that disrupt DFX boundaries​
    • Synthesis suggestions correctly scoped to global or out-of-context runs
  • Assessment included in the interactive report_qor_suggestions (RQS) GUI report

Methodology Violations in Timing Reports​

  • Timing reports now include Report Methodology summary​
    • Draws attention to methodology violations​
    • Neglected methodology violations may cause timing failures​
  • Includes the summary of the methodology violations from the latest report_methodology run​
    • Methodology violations summary stored with design checkpoint

New Constraint Reporting Features​

  • report_constant_path: new command to identify the source of constant logic values observed on cells and pins​
    • report_constant_path <pins_or_cells_objects>​
    • report_constant_path -of_objects [get_constant_path <pins_or_cells_objects>]


   DFX for Versal

  • Versal DFX flows available with production status​
    • Compile DFX designs from block designs to device image creation​
    • Use Vivado IPI Block Design Containers (BDC) for creating Versal DFX designs​
  • Leverage DFX IP in Versal just as with UltraScale, UltraScale+ ​
    • DFX Decoupler IP, DFX AXI Shutdown Manager IP to isolate non-NoC interfaces​
  • All programmable logic is partially reconfigurable​
    • From NoC to clocks to hard blocks​
  • AIE full array Dynamic Function eXchange support​
    • Supported through Vitis platform flows


  • Block Design Containers (BDC) for DFX released in IP Integrator​
    • Supports all architectures, critical for Versal​
  • Place a block design within a block design to create and process DFX designs​
    • UG947 shows IPI BDC tutorials for Zynq UltraScale+ and Versal devices​
    • More DFX tutorials to be posted on GitHub

Classic SoC Boot Flow Using DFX​

  • Classic SoC Boot flow available for Versal designs​
    • Enables users to quickly boot their DDR-based processing subsystem and memory to run Linux prior to loading the programmable logic​
    • Separate programming events in Versal to emulate the Zynq boot flow​
    • Auto-Pblock generation used in this flow​
    • Not compatible with CPM

Versal Tandem configuration for CPM4

  • Tandem PROM and Tandem PCIe for CPM4 available​
  • Users who require 120ms configuration of ​a PCIe end point now have a selection in ​
    the CIPS customization GUI to select the ​Tandem Configuration mode​
    • Tandem PROM – load both stages from flash​
    • Tandem PCIe – load stage 1 from flash, ​
      stage 2 over PCIe link via DMA​
    •  None – standard boot      

Abstract Shell Support for Nested DFX Designs in UltraScale+

  •  Subdivide your Reconfigurable Partition (RP) into multiple nested RPs using Nested DFX (pr_subdivide)​
  • Create Abstract Shell for each nested RP (write_abstract_shell)​
  •  Accelerate the implementation of each Nested RP by using its Abstract Shell
  • VHDL-2008 Enhancements ​
    • Unconstrained Arrays​
    • ·Conditional Operators​
    • Unary Reduction Operators​
  • Code Coverage Support​
    • write_xsim_coverage command support for writing intermediate coverage database

SmartLynq+ module

  • Optimized for Versal High-Speed Debug Port (HSDP)​
    • Faster device programming & Memory access ​
    • High speed data upload & download​
    • Data storage: 14GB DDR memory on module​
  • High-Speed Debug Port (HSDP) Support​
    • Support for connecting to Aurora based HSDP over USB-C connector​
  • PC4 and USB based JTAG​
  • Serial UART support


  • Open-Source Python API for ChipScope​
    • Control and communicate with Versal Device and Debug Cores​
    • Vivado not required to use – just need a PDI/LTX​
    • Benefits​
      • Build custom debug interfaces​
      • Interface with python ecosystem​

Device Support

  • Versal AI Core series : XCVC1902 and XCVC1802
  • Versal Prime Series : XCVM1802
  • Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC: XCZU43DR, XCZU46DR, XCZU47DR, XCZU48DR, XCZU49DR

Install and Licensing

  • Petalinux is now a part of the AMD Unified installer in addition to the existing standalone installation offering.

IP Integrator

  • Revision Control Improvements
    • New directory structure separating sources from output products
    • BD/IP output products are no longer placed in the project.srcs directory.
    • All output products reside in the project.gen directory parallel to the project.srcs.
  • Address Map Enhancements
    • Graphical view of Address Map in HTML
  • Vitis Platform Creation Improvements
    • Ability to identify Vivado Project as an extensible platform project during Project Creation and in Project Settings​
    • Add new Platform Interface validation DRCs
    • Run Platform DRCs during validation for platform BDs​
    • New Platform Setup GUI​
  • IP Caching improvements
    • Ability to create and use Read-Only zipped IP Caches ​
    • Zipped Cached can be pointed to and need not be unzipped
  • Block Design Container 
    • Instantiate a BD inside another BD​
  • CIPS (Control, Interfaces and Processing System) – Versal
    • Example Designs in XHUB stores – Versal ​

IP Enhancements

Data Center

  • Queue DMA Subsystem for PCI Express (QDMA) device support expansion
    • Gen3x8 in "-2LV" UltraScale+ devices
    • Gen4x8 in "-2LV" Virtex UltraScale+ VU23P device
  • Versal ACAP subsystems for PCI Express targeting GTY, PL PCIE4, and CPM4 integrated blocks
    • Integrated Block for PCI Express (GTY + PL PCIE4)
    • DMA and Bridge Subsystem for PCI Express (GTY + PL PCIE4 + Soft QDMA, XDMA, AXI-Bridge)
    • CPM Mode for PCI Express (GTY + CPM4)
    • CPM DMA and Bridge Mode for PCI Express (GTY + CPM4 + Hard QDMA, XDMA, AXI-Bridge)
    • PHY for PCI Express (GTY)

Video and Imaging

  • MIPI 
    • DPHY rates on Versal devices increased: 3200Mbs on -2 and -3 devices, 3000Mbs on -1 devices
    • Added YUV420 output support for CSI RX core
  • DisplayPort 1.4 Subsystems
    • YUV420 support, Adaptive sync, Static HDR
    • eDP IP option in general access 
  • SDI subsystems
    • HLG HDR support
    • Versal VCK190 pass thru example design
  • HDMI2.0 adds support for HDCP2.3

Wired and Wireless

  • JESD204C Full Production
  • New 200G RS-FEC for UltraScale+ and Versal
  • 1G/10G/25G Ethernet adds 1-step and TSN support
  • Versal MRMAC 1-step 1588 hardware timestamping​
  • 10G/25G MRMAC Ethernet 2-step 1588 linux driver support 


  • New ERNIC features
    • resource optimizations for 100G sustained bandwidth support
    • support for the new VU23P device
    • Improvements to Priority Flow Control (PFC)
  • NVMeTC now supports the new VU23P device
  • Lossless Compression IP, GZIP and ZLIB algorithms
  • NVMeOF Reference Design now available for both Alveo U50 and Bittware 250-SoC boards


  • XPMs
    • XPM_CDC is now available through IPI
    • URAM Initialization Support for Versal
  • Infrastructure and Embedded
    • New SmartConnect features
      • Priority arbitration
      • Low area mode
  • EMG (Embedded Memory Generator) in IPI for Versal, replacing Block Memory Generator
  • EFG (Embedded FIFO Generator) in IPI for Versal, replacing FIFO Generator


  • Wizards now available for Versal
    • GTY Transceivers Wizard
    • Advanced IO Wizard
    • Clocking Wizard
  • New Transceiver Wizard features
    • Full Block Automation, with lane selection
    • On-the-fly reconfiguration (Versal only)
    • Quad sharing (Versal only)
    • Transceiver Bridge IP (Versal only)
  • High level Synthesis
    • Vitis HLS replaces Vivado HLS in Vivado (was already default for Vitis in v2020.1)
    • Adds array reshape and partitioning directives for top ports
    • Simplified toolbar icon layout with new reporting sections for interfaces and AXI-4 bursts
    • Inference for single clock cycle floating point accumulation in DSP blocks for Versal
    • Tcl files can create a project and open it in the GUI directly (vitis_hls -p  <file>.tcl)
    • New single click filter for non-default options in “Solution Settings”→”General”
    • Constrained random testing for AXI interfaces now visible in the GUI
    • On-chip block RAM ECC flags option via the bind_storage pragma
    • Interactive FIFO depth sizing in GUI during CoSim
    • Support for SIMD programming (vector data types)

Add-on for Matlab & Simulink:

  • Unified installer will give them both Model Composer and System Generator in one launcher


  • VHDL-2008 support
    • Shift Operators (rol, ror, sll, srl, sla and sra)
    • Mixing Array and Scalar Logical Operators
    • Conditional Sequential Assignments on signal
    • Case Generate
    • Extensions to Globally Static and Locally Static Expressions
    • Static Ranges and Integer Expressions in Range Bounds
  • Support for cross language Hierarchical name
    • Verilog hierarchical name will be enabled to access VHDL signals from SV/Verilog modules 
  • Simulator support for Versal
    • AMD Simulator
    • 3rd party Simulators
      • Cadence Xcelium 
      • Mentor Graphics Questasim

Hardware Debug

  • Versal AXIS-ILA
  • Debug flow improvements
  • Debug block automation improvements
  • Support for selecting URAM and AXIS-ILA trace storage 


  • Support for System Verilog string type
  • Fixed and floating-point package support in VHDL-2008
  • Automatic pipelining for heterogeneous RAMs
  • Logic Compaction directive is extended to Versal LOOKAHEADs

Implementation Design Flow

  • Placer replication (PSIP) improvements
  • Power rail definition and power analysis
  • BUFG-to-MBUFG global buffer conversion (Versal)

Design Analysis and Timing Closure

  • RQA and RQS improvements

Dynamic Function eXchange (DFX) 

  • Abstract Shell for Dynamic Function eXchange
  • Isolation design flow(IDF) + DFX in one design 

Install and Licensing 

  • Download Verification(Digest and Signature) support for Windows
  • Download only feature for Web installer now supports two options 
    • Download full image (All Products)
    • Download selected products only (smaller size)

IDE Enhancements

  • New example design and board file download utility.  Download only what you need and gain access to vast library of AMD and 3rd Party solutions on github.
  • New and improved example designs available by download 

IP Integrator

  • Introducing new “Path” and “Network” concepts
    • Maintains familiar look and feel
  • Full cross-probing with Address Editor
    • Highlight by paths and/or networks
  • Realtime error highlighting
    • Tooltip provides failure details
  •  New “Address Path” panel
    • Verbose path details
  • New “Addressing View” emotional view
    • Simplified for Addressable content only
    • Clean view of Addressing connectivity

IP Enhancements

Data Center

  • ERNIC IP Enhancements
    • Bandwidth and latency have been improved to operate at 100GE line rates.
    • Enhanced to support 64-bit address. New functions are now available: PFC function and Immediate Command.
  • New AES IP, for Data Center encryption applications.
  • New NVMe Target Controller IP joins the Host Accelerator for storage acceleration.
  • NVMeOF turnkey U50 Alveo solution is now available. Includes an FPGA bitfile and documentation.
  • Major revision to Queue DMA Subsystem for PCI Express (QDMA 4.0) to improve timing, reduce resource utilization, and simplify forward migration.


  • Wireless
    • JESD204C support added for GTH3/4 – Preproduction 2020.1
    • New ORAN Radio Interface IP which provides O-RU (O-RAN radio unit) function with dedicated SRS/PRACH AXI-stream and 32 spatial streams.
    • New 400G FEC IP soft and optional implementation that leverages US+ 58G GTM hard 50G KP4 FEC to save area and power.
  • Wired
    • AXI Ethernet added support for switchable SGMII and 1000BASE-X
    • 50G Ethernet Subsystem added optional soft 50G 'KP2' NRZ FEC
    • Integrated 100G Ethernet Subsystem added optional soft 100G 'KP4' NRZ FEC


  • Firewall IP - protects either the upstream or downstream directions. This IP helps isolate regions in FPGA-as-a-Service and other applications.
  • SmartConnect IP optimized for lower area modes, also 1x1 coupling and converting functions.

Video and Imaging IPs

  • SDI Subsystems adds 12bpc and HFR in native video interface mode
  • MIPI CSI Transmit subsystem adds support for raw16 and raw20 color formats
  • Video mixer adds options to select colorimetry  BT.709 and BT.601 Support
  • HDMI2.0 Subsystems add 32 channel audio and 3D audio support


  • Ability to override HDL attributes using XDC constraints enables modifying synthesis behavior without modifying HDL source code.
  • Reuse and integrate designs from different languages with enhanced generic- and parameter-passing between different languages in the same design.
  • Tool performance is significantly improved when handling function calls. Improvements were made for all languages.
  • A new directive called Logic Compaction implements lower-precision arithmetic functions using minimal logic resources.
  • Memory mapping is significantly improved by balancing arrays over different resource types to avoid high utilization of a particular resource type.


Dynamic Function eXchange (DFX)​

  • Nested DFX allows users to place one or more dynamic regions within a dynamic region to further extend the flexibility of DFX
    • Supports UltraScale and UltraScale+ 
    • Production status, no project support 
  • Benefits
    • Simpler verification
    • Data Center card uptime
    • Finer granularity
  • All existing IP for Partial Reconfiguration have been superseded by equivalent IP with Dynamic Function eXchange terminology 
    • IP are functionally equivalent to their predecessors and are easily upgraded from PR to DFX

Implementation Design Flow

  • Pblocks are now SOFT type by default
  • The only exception: DFX Pblocks have hard boundaries by definition and cannot become SOFT
  • Benefit
    • Cell placement outside Pblock boundaries can improve design performance(shorter wirelength, less congestion) 

Design Analysis and Timing Closure​

  • Report QoR Suggestions predicts up to 3 custom strategies for better performance 
    • Predicted to give better results than Default and Performance_Explore
    • Saves compile time and effort to sweep many strategies. 
    • Run report_qor_assessment (RQA) to check if the design is compatible with strategy prediction.
  • report_ram_utilization report has been completely overhauled to provide relevant information.
    • Make memory resource trade offs
    • Identify Inefficient DRAMs
    • See post opt optimizations
    • Performance / Power Bottlenecks

Power Analysis

  • Vivado now supports reporting by power rail
    • Power reports calculate total current vs. current budgets for both rails and supplies
    • Power rail definitions are included in board files
  • Rail reporting now available for Alveo U50