FPGA Data Capture Component Generator
Configure and generate FPGA data capture components
The FPGA Data Capture Component Generator tool configures and generates components for capturing data from a design running on an FPGA. The generated components capture a window of signal data from the FPGA and return the data to MATLAB® or Simulink®.
To use this tool, you must have an existing HDL design and FPGA project. To capture the signals, HDL Verifier™ generates an IP core that you must integrate into your HDL project, and deploy to the FPGA along with the rest of your design.
The Generate button in this tool generates these components:
HDL IP core, for integration into your FPGA design. Connect the signals you want to capture and use as triggers, and connect a clock and clock enable.
Generation report, with list of generated files and instructions for next steps.
Tool to set capture parameters and capture data to the MATLAB workspace. See FPGA Data Capture.
Customized version of the
hdlverifier.FPGADataReaderSystem object™ that provides an alternative, programmatic, way to configure and capture data.
Simulink model that contains a customized FPGA Data Reader block. If you have a DSP System Toolbox™ license, this model streams the captured signals into the Logic Analyzer waveform viewer. Otherwise, the Scope block displays the signals.
For a workflow overview, see Data Capture Workflow.
Open the FPGA Data Capture Component Generator
At the MATLAB command prompt, enter:
To reload the parameters of the most recent design, use the
Port Name — Name of input port on generated IP
character vector | string scalar
The name does not have to match the signal name in your HDL files. This name is used for:
Input port on the generated HDL IP core. Internal to the IP, this signal is routed to the capture buffer, or to use as part of trigger condition and capture condition, depending on your selection for Use As.
Structure field in the captured data returned to the MATLAB workspace
Port on the generated Simulink block
Table of signals in the trigger, capture condition, and data types parameters editor at capture time
Bit Width — Number of bits in signal
This number is used to generate the HDL IP port definition, and contributes to the total width of the capture buffer. You can specify the data type for the captured data at capture time.
If you do not have Fixed-Point Designer™, data capture can only return built-in data types, such as
uint8. You must specify ports for the generated
IP that match the sizes of the built-in data types, that is 1, 8, 16,
32, or 64 bits. We recommend Fixed-Point Designer to enable fixed-point data types and captured signals of
Use As — How signal is routed inside IP logic
Both trigger and data (default) |
When you specify a signal as
Data, the signal
is captured to the sample buffer and returned to MATLAB, but it cannot contribute to a trigger condition and capture
condition. When you specify a signal as
it is available for defining a trigger condition and capture condition at
capture time, but is not captured and returned to MATLAB. You can also specify that the signal is used as
Both trigger and data.
Generated IP name — Name of generated components
datacapture (default) | character vector
This name is used for the generated HDL IP core, the System object, and the Simulink model.
FPGA vendor — FPGA and software vendor
Altera (default) |
The available vendors depend on which HDL Verifier support package you have installed. There are separate support packages for Intel® (Altera®) and Xilinx® boards.
Generated IP language — Language used for generated HDL IP core
VHDL (default) |
Select the language used for the generated HDL IP core as
Connection type — Type of connection channel
JTAG (default) |
Select the type of connection channel as
Ethernet connection is available for Xilinx FPGA boards only.
Destination folder — Location to save generated files
hdlsrc (default) | character vector | string scalar
Location to save the generated files, specified as the name of a folder on the host computer.
Sample depth — Number of samples captured for each signal
128 (default) |
Use this parameter to specify the size of the memory in the generated HDL IP core. The width of the memory is the total bit width of the data signals.
When you specify the sample depth, consider the number of windows you plan
to configure when reading the data, because together they impact the window
depth of each capture window. The window depth is the
sample depth divided by the number of capture windows. Specify the number of
capture windows by using the Number of capture
parameter in the FPGA Data Capture tool or by
using the property
For example, if the sample depth is 4096 and the number of capture windows is 4, then each capture window has a window depth of 1024.
Max trigger stages — Maximum number of trigger stages for providing trigger conditions
1 (default) | integer from 1 to 10
Use this parameter to enable a sequential trigger. To capture specified data from an FPGA, give a set of trigger conditions in multiple stages. For more information on sequential trigger, see Sequential Trigger.
When you specify the Max trigger stages, consider the
maximum number of trigger stages in which you plan to configure the trigger
conditions. Specify the number of trigger stages by using the Number of trigger
parameter in the FPGA Data Capture tool or by
using the NumTriggerStages property for
For example, if the maximum number of trigger stages is 4, then the number of trigger stages can be 1, 2, 3, or 4.
Include capture condition logic — Option to include capture condition logic in HDL IP core
off (default) |
Select this parameter to include capture condition logic in the HDL IP core. Include capture condition logic to use a capture condition to control which data to capture from the FPGA. The HDL IP core evaluates the capture condition at each clock cycle and captures only the data that satisfies the capture condition. For more information on capture conditions, see Capture Conditions.