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XabiOdri
Beginner
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FPGA boot time (Cyclone 4 with EPCS & Cyclone 10 with EPCQ)

Hello,

We are migrating from Cyclone 4 with EPCS to Cyclone 10 with EPCQ. Until now with the first FPGA the startup time until the Nios2 softcore was launched was about 300ms. But now with the new Cyclone 10 FPGA this time is about 800ms.

Is it possible to investigate why Cyclone 10 LP family takes so long time to boot NIOS?

Best regards,

Xabi

 

 

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Eliath_G_Intel
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Hello Xabier,

First of all, thanks for reaching us,

could you please tell me how exactly are you taking the measurement for the booting time?


Thanks ,

-Eliath


XabiOdri
Beginner
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Hello Eliath,

To measure the Nios startup time, we move an output IO in the first softcore instruction.

We have also been looking at the communication SPI between the FPGA and the EPCS and EPCQ memories (in the Cyclone 4 and 10 respectively). We can see that the configuration process is done in two reading blocks, after seeing the DQ1 signal. In the first one, the HW of the FPGA is configured and in the second one, the SW program is copied to the RAM (on-chip memory).

We have seen that the first part always lasts more or less 90ms, but the second part varies. With the EPCS memory, the SW copiing task takes another 90ms but the same process in the EPCQ takes about 800ms.
We have also noticed that the SPI clock stops moving when the reading process in the EPCS is finished, but it keeps changing the state in cyclone 10 with EPCQ.

 

1) Booting SPI process with Cyclone 4 & EPCS:

XabiOdri_1-1595401894636.png

2) Booting SPI process with Cyclone 10 & EPCQ:

XabiOdri_0-1595401878466.png

The blue signals refers to DQ1 data output from memory and the green one refers to CLK from FPGA to memory.

Eliath_G_Intel
Employee
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Hi Xabier ,

My apologize for the delay on answering ,

 

  • For your NIOS design , did you select Nios Fast option , or Economy?
  • What is the speed of the memory clock you set up and what's the speed of the NIOS clock?
  • What was the project size before and after migrating the project from Cyclone 4 to Cyclon 10?
    • To know the seize you can use the following command on your Nios console:
      • nios2-elf-size<project>.elf 

 

Regards,

-Eliath Guzman

 

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