Polyphase filters are a class of specialized filters used in sample rate conversion. Whereas most FIR filters have one delay line, Polyphase filters have multiple. To understand the logic behind this, we’ll first have to dive into the topic of sample rate conversion.
So far, the spotlight has fallen over the FIR filter design and its various forms. However, there is a problem that is just as important – how to ensure the implementation is working correctly. Whereas there are some standard techniques, it’s not always clear whether the design is error-proof. Therefore, this post discusses the most essential testing procedures and introduces a verification method that can easily incorporate them.
A binary operator is an operator that takes exactly two arguments. Examples of such are addition or multiplication and, of course, the familiar Boolean logical operators we use in VHDL: and, or nand nor xor and xnor.
The previously discussed filter describes a general-purpose device that can fit in many applications but is not necessarily the optimal solution. This is where application-specific FIR structures come in. Therefore, this post aims to present some of the more popular filter structures used in specialized applications.
As an FPGA designer, you have the freedom to implement the (finite impulse response) FIR filter either parallel or in series. Read the article to find out how to implement a FIR filter using VHDL!
Finite Impulse Response (FIR) and Infinite Impulse Response (IIR) are the two types of digital filters you’re most likely to use in FPGAs. This article discusses the implementation of the filters seen from the eyes of a hardware developer.
The ‘stable and ‘quiet attributes are predefined in the VHDL standard and work on signal objects. We can use these special features in simulation to check that a signal’s value remains untouched for a given period.
Have you ever wanted to run a VHDL simulation that includes a Quartus IP core through the VUnit verification framework?
This tutorial shows you how to generate, incorporate, and link external Quartus IP libraries to VUnit.
VUnit is one of the most popular open-source VHDL verification frameworks available today. It combines a Python test suite runner with a dedicated VHDL library to automate your testbenches.
When designing VHDL for safety-critical FPGA applications, it’s not enough to write testbenches at best-effort. You have to present proof that the module works as intended and without undesirable side-effects. Formal verification techniques can help you map a requirement to a test, proving that your VHDL module conforms to the specification. It’s an instrumental tool…
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