Tutorial - Checking Signal Integrity on an FPGA Design

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Altium Designer's Signal Integrity tool can be used to find the optimum drive and slew settings for specific FPGA pins – for example IO pins used as data lines in an FPGA design.

In this tutorial, we are going to answer the question "How hard can I drive the signals D[31..0] before ringing and crosstalk will prevent correct operation?" Or alternatively, "What is the optimum slew and drive settings to use for FPGA pins driving signals D[31..0]?"

This tutorial relates to the example project Nbp-28.PrjPcb, which can be found in the \Examples\Signal Integrity\Nbp-28 folder of the Altium Designer examples. This example is based on the daughterboard, NBP28. This daughterboard includes a Xilinx Spartan 3, a Sharp LH79520 incorporating an ARM 7 processor, SRAM and Flash memory.

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