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JGros12
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How to read data in FPGA out of external DDR3 SDRAM on an Terasic DE10-Nano

Hello everybody,

 

 

I have the Terasic DE10 Nano in a Cyclon V-SoC with 1 GB of external RAM. I can access the working memory via HPS (C code). So I can write values to a specific address space. Now I have to read these addresses in the FPGA. I know I need to add the F2H_SDRAM bridge, but I do not know how to write the VHDL code and the rest of the material.

 

I have already reserved some memory (512 MB for Linux) in u-boot.

 

 

For example, I would like to turn on an LED if the value is 48 in a particular DDR3 address.

 

I just want to read the DDR3 address space. That's all.

 

 

Can someone help me or give me a code? ....

 

 

Many thanks

 

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Hi,

 

To enable FPGA2SDRAM Bridge, you can do it from the Preloader or U-boot:

>from U-Boot:

At the U-boot command prompt add:

run bridge_enable_handoff

*This command puts the HPS and SDRAM into a safe state before enabling all bridges after appropriate checks.

 

> Can someone help me or give me a code? (to read the DDR3 address space):

There is actually a sample code from Terasic website on you specific board, on Nios access DDR3, you will need an account when clicking the Download link.

Jump to CD-ROM > DE10-Nano CD-ROM (rev. C Hardware) > Download:

https://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?Language=English&CategoryNo=205&No=1046&PartNo=4

 

Extract thenyou can find the project file example in > DE10-Nano_v.1.3.5_HWrevC_SystemCD\Demonstrations\SoC_FPGA\Nios_Access_DDR3

 

Feel free to ask if you have further questions.

 

Regards.

JGros12
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Thank you for your answer.

 

I have already seen the Nios_Access_DDR3 example.

My question is: Is there another way to access the addresses without DMA and NIOS? I would like to read the data only with VHDL / VERILOG code.

 

Regards.

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Hi,

 

There might be other way to access the addresses, but there are none from Intel that have the sample code that represent the address access.

Except the example that I provided which is external which is the Nios Access DDR3 example.

 

You may find some useful examples here:

https://github.com/robertofem/CycloneVSoC-examples

 

Regards.

JGros12
Beginner
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Hi,

 

thanks for your quick reply.

What do you think about the DDR3_RTL example (TERASIC GHRD). Maybe I can use this as an startpoint for my application.

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Hi,

 

Yes, I would recommend the the example as it demonstrate the FPGA site to access the DDR3 at HPS.

 

From there you can understand how the f2h bridge interfaces, etc..

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