Accessing BRAM (Xilinx)

The okRegisterBridge module is unique among the FrontPanel endpoints in that it does not have an endpoint address. Instead, registers are read and written by referencing a data address, which is the same for both read and write operations. Also unlike other single FrontPanel endpoints, okRegisterBridge interacts with both incoming and outgoing data from the FrontPanel Host interface.

Note that the okRegisterBridge module receives and transmits register addresses and data, but does not store it or find it in memory. It is recommended that you instantiate Block RAM (BRAM) using the primitives provided by Altera and Xilinx in Quartus and the Xilinx ISE to properly access addressable memory. To both write to and read from registers, you will need dual-port RAM.

The example below maps a block RAM used to store filter coefficients to a range of addresses in the Register Bridge.

Note: This module can be tested with the “Setting and Getting Registers” and “Setting and Getting Multiple Registers” example code. The HDL in this section is designed to be set within the FrontPanel Framework HDL, available on the HDL Framework page for USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. For specific information about the FrontPanel methods or modules, consult the FrontPanel User’s Manual, the FrontPanel API guide, and the samples and README files provided with the FrontPanel download.


//Configured for XEM6310-LX45
module toplevel(
     // Framework I/O here
     // Framework wire declarations here
     wire [31:0] regAddress;
     wire [31:0] regDataOut;
     reg [31:0] regStore[31:0];
     wire [31:0] regDataIn;
     wire regRead;
     wire regWrite;
     wire [1*65-1:0] okEHx;
     reg [3:0] WriteEnByte;
     // Circuit behavior
     always @ (*) begin
          if(regWrite) WriteEnByte = 4'b1111;
          else WriteEnByte = 4'b0000;
     Xilinx_BRAM_Simple_Dual_Port (
// Framework FrontPanel module instantiations here
     okRegisterBridge regBridge (
          .okEH(okEHx[0*65 +: 65]),
//Generated by Xilinx ISE
module Xilinx_BRAM_Simple_Dual_Port(
     input [31:0] DI,
     output [31:0 DO,
     input [8:0] WRADDR,
     input [8:0] RDADDR,
     input [3:0] WE,
     input WREN,
     input RDEN,
     input RST,
     input SSR,
     input WRCLK,
     input RDCLK
// BRAM_SDP_MACRO: Simple Dual Port RAM
// Spartan-6
// Xilinx HDL Language Template, version 14.7
     .INIT_FILE ("NONE"),
     .WREN(WREN)      // 1-bit input write port enable
// End of BRAM_SDP_MACRO_inst instantiation
endmoduleCode language: PHP (php)


-- Configured for XEM6310-LX45
--Circuit signals
signal regAddress	: STD_LOGIC_VECTOR(31 downto 0) := x"00000000";
signal regDataOut	: STD_LOGIC_VECTOR(31 downto 0);
signal regDataIn	: STD_LOGIC_VECTOR(31 downto 0) := x"00000000";
signal regRead		: STD_LOGIC;
signal regWrite	: STD_LOGIC;
signal writeEn		: STD_LOGIC_VECTOR(3 downto 0);
--Circuit behavior
process (regWrite) begin
     if(regWrite = '1') then
          writeEn <= "1111";
          writeEn <= "0000";
     end if;
end process;
regBridge : okRegisterBridge port map(
     okEH=>okEHx(1*65-1 downto 0*65),
-- BRAM_SDP_MACRO: Simple Dual Port RAM
--                 Spartan-6
-- Xilinx HDL Language Template, version 14.7
generic map (
     BRAM_SIZE => "18Kb",
     DEVICE => "SPARTAN6",
     WRITE_WIDTH => 32, 
     READ_WIDTH => 32,
     DO_REG => 0,
     INIT_FILE => "NONE",
     --Register initialization omitted--  
port map (
     DO => regDataIn,
     DI => regDataOut,
     RDADDR => regAddress(8 downto 0),
     RDCLK => okClk,
     RDEN => regRead,
     REGCE => '0',
     RST => reset,
     WE => writeEn
     WRADDR => regAddress(8 downto 0),
     WRCLK => okClk,
     WREN => regWrite
     );Code language: PHP (php)