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12-25-2010 06:39 PM
Hi everybody!Now I'm trying to examine the FPGA project design flow. And I'm confused because of some concepts. Do RTL- and gate-lavel synthesis mean the same? If they differ could you explain their differences? thank you in advance!
01-27-2021 05:32 AM
In a nutshell, RTL (Register Transfer Level) (Pre-Synthesis simulation) is the digital circuit that consists of combinational logic, memory elements, and clocks. The simulation takes place without any delays. Eg: Consider a half adder. module HalfAdder( output sum, output carry, input input1, input input2); assign sum=input1^input2; assign carry=input1&input2; endmodule The RTL schematic contains an XOR gate and an AND gate. This RTL schematic is generated by simulation tool. GATE level simulation (Post synthesis simulation): The synthesized RTL schematic is run with the provided timing delays. Gates are taken from the cell library. Note: Sometimes, GATE level simulation results and RTL simulation results may not match. The answer is simple. If you use constructs that are not available to the synthesis tool, results vary.