FPGA tracing

HDL Works has developed a way to visualize FPGAs in a system based on the pin report file of the FPGA vendor. Below is a (simplified) example of a design with multiple boards (two of them containing an FPGA) with a backplane. FPGA1 is connected to the component DSP (on the same board) and to FPGA2 (on board4) and MEM1 and MEM2 (on board6) through the backplane. You can add the pin file(s) of an FPGA and use this data to visualize how the user IO of FPGA1 connects to FPGA2, MEM1 and MEM2 on the other boards.

FPGA tracing

Each FPGA (for which you specify a pin file) is visualized as a virtual connector (containing a pin for each pin present on the FPGA) and a virtual netlist (containing the signal names used in the FPGA pin file).
Using this approach ConnTrace uses the FPGA functional (HDL) names (instead of (often) generic netnames on the board). This technique also allows you to visualize how multiple FPGAs on a single board are connected.

It is not possbile to verify power, ground or control signals in ConnTrace FPGA.

Supported FPGAs

All device families from Lattice Semiconductor, Intel (Altera), Microsemi and Xilinx.

A dedicated ConnTrace FPGA brochure can found here: Data SheetData Sheet (PDF)

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