Key Features

  • Generation of synthesizable IEEE 1076 compliant VHDL® code and IEEE 1364-2001 compliant Verilog® code
  • Control over generated code content, optimization, and style
  • Distributed arithmetic and other options for speed vs. area tradeoff and architecture exploration
  • VHDL and Verilog test-bench generation for quick verification and validation of generated HDL filter code
  • Simulation and synthesis script generation

The generated VHDL and Verilog code adheres to a clean HDL coding style that enables architects and designers to quickly customize the code if needed. The test bench feature increases confidence in the correctness of the generated code and saves time spent on test bench implementation.


Working with Filter Design HDL Coder

Filter Design HDL Coder™ is integrated with DSP System Toolbox™ to provide a unified design and implementation environment. You can design filters and generate VHDL and Verilog code either from the MATLAB® command line or from DSP System Toolbox using the Filter Design and Analysis app or the Filter Builder app.

Generating HDL code through the Filter Design and Analysis app.

Designing Fixed-Point Filters

The design entry input to Filter Design HDL Coder is a quantized filter that you create in one of two ways:

  • Design and quantize the filter with DSP System Toolbox
  • Design the filter with Signal Processing Toolbox™ and then quantize it with DSP System Toolbox

Filter Design HDL Coder supports several important filter structures, including:

Discrete-time finite impulse response (FIR), which includes symmetric, anti-symmetric, and transposed structures

Second-order section (SOS) infinite impulse response (IIR), which includes direct form I, II, and transposed structures

Multirate filters, which includes cascaded integrator-comb (CIC) interpolator and decimator, direct-form FIR and transposed FIR polyphase interpolator and decimator, FIR hold and linear interpolator, and FIR polyphase sample rate converter structures

Fractional delay filters, which includes Farrow structures

Filter Design HDL Coder can generate HDL code from cascaded multirate and discrete-time filters. Each of these single-rate and multirate filter structures supports fixed-point and floating-point (double precision) realizations. In addition, the FIR structures support unsigned fixed-point coefficients.

Using DSP System Toolbox to prepare the filter design for code generation by quantizing, adjusting the scale values for, and re-quantizing the filter.

Generating HDL for Fixed-Point Filters

You can generate VHDL or Verilog code for fixed-point filters from either the Filter Design and Analysis app or the Filter Builder app. When generating HDL code from either app, you can set HDL generation options to specify the implementation architecture, select port data types, insert pipeline registers, and more. Other options let you generate and configure a test bench for your filter HDL design.

Options for generating HDL. After completing the design and quantization, you can specify options and generate the code and a test bench with a single click.

Customizing VHDL and Verilog Code

Filter Design HDL Coder generates filter and test bench HDL code for a quantized filter based on an option setting or on property name and property value pairs. These settings let you:

  • Name language elements
  • Specify port parameters
  • Use advanced HDL coding features

All properties have default settings. You can customize the HDL output by adjusting the settings with the Filter Design and Analysis app or the Filter Builder app. The apps let you set properties associated with:

  • HDL language specification
  • File name and location specifications
  • Reset specifications
  • HDL code optimizations
  • Test bench customizations

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Advanced options for defining the characteristics of the generated code and specifying test benches.

Testing and Synthesizing Generated HDL Code

You can generate a VHDL or Verilog test bench to simulate and test the generated HDL code. Additionally, with HDL Verifier™, you can generate a Simulink® cosimulation block to connect your behavioral filter model and tests running in Simulink to the generated HDL running in Cadence® Incisive®, Mentor Graphics® ModelSim®, or Mentor Graphics Questa® HDL simulators. Cosimulation simplifies verification of your filter design by enabling you to directly compare results from the generated HDL code and results from a behavioral filter model running in Simulink. This integration lets you apply the advanced analysis and visualization capabilities of MATLAB and Simulink to test, debug, and verify the HDL implementation of your filter designs.


Architectural Optimizations

After quantizing the filter, you can invoke Filter Design HDL Coder and configure it with optimization, content, style, and test bench options for your filter application. Supported optimizations include:

  • Canonical signed digit (CSD), for optimizing coefficient multiplier operations in the filter to reduce the area used and maintain or increase clock speed
  • Speed vs. area tradeoff, for exploring hardware architectures for tradeoff between the chip area and the circuit operating frequency
  • Distributed arithmetic (DA), for implementing FIR filters through a DA architecture without using multipliers

In addition, Filter Design HDL Coder generates synthesis scripts that accelerate your synthesis work flow.

ModelSim simulation results of a fifth-order Butterworth filter and the original filter specification results from DSP System Toolbox. Automatically generated ModelSim test benches simplify and speed up the testing and verification of the VHDL and Verilog code generated by Filter Design HDL Coder.