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Nios DDR3 Test Example Project TimeQuest Negative Setup Slack

Honored Contributor II

Hello everyone, 


I've been trying to understand the workings of the timing analyser recently. I need to implement an SDRAM Controller with Uniphy in my design.  

So I opened up an example project called "SoCKit_DDR3_Nios_Test. I noticed it is very similar to mine, it has a nios processor, onchip mem, clock, and so on.  


After compiling and constraining the I received a setup violation error. I don't know what is wrong with my constraint. I doubt I need to use set_input_delay or set_output_delay, since the sdc file doesn't even have clock groupings, which I added later on to try to repair the setup slack. The clock groupings managed to correct the negative slack on the generated clock "u0|pll_qsys|altera_pll_i|general[0].gpll~PLL_OUTPUT_COUNTER|divclk" 

This is my sdc file.  


create_clock -period 20 create_clock -period 20 create_clock -period 20 create_clock -period 20 derive_pll_clocks derive_clock_uncertainty set_clock_groups -asynchronous -group {OSC_50_B3B OSC_50_B4A OSC_50_B5B OSC_50_B8A } -group { u0|pll_qsys|altera_pll_i|general.gpll~FRACTIONAL_PLL|vcoph u0|pll_qsys|altera_pll_i|general.gpll~PLL_OUTPUT_COUNTER|divclk } -group { u0|mem_if_ddr3_emif_fpga|DDR3_Qsys_mem_if_ddr3_emif_fpga_p0_sampling_clock } -group { u0|mem_if_ddr3_emif_fpga|pll0|pll_addr_cmd_clk u0|mem_if_ddr3_emif_fpga|pll0|pll_avl_clk u0|mem_if_ddr3_emif_fpga|pll0|pll_dq_write_clk u0|mem_if_ddr3_emif_fpga|pll0|pll_write_clk } -group { u0|mem_if_ddr3_emif_fpga|pll0|pll_afi_clk } -group { DDR3_CK_n DDR3_CK_p DDR3_DQS_n_OUT DDR3_DQS_n_OUT DDR3_DQS_n_OUT DDR3_DQS_n_OUT DDR3_DQS_p_IN DDR3_DQS_p_OUT DDR3_DQS_p_IN DDR3_DQS_p_OUT DDR3_DQS_p_IN DDR3_DQS_p_OUT DDR3_DQS_p_IN DDR3_DQS_p_OUT }  


I can't really wrap my head around the behind-the-scene workings of Altera. Can someone please explain me? 

I look forward to any replies :) 


BTW I'm using Quartus 14.1
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Honored Contributor II

I can't read your screenshot to see what paths are failing, but the IP should have generated a .sdc file for you.

Honored Contributor II

Oh I'm sorry about the screenshot 


Please try this link (


The sdc file from the previous post was the generated sdc file. I just added the clock groups to see if that solves the failure. 



I added the source project folder to my attachments. This is in its original form. 

I would appreciate any help.