Software Application Example Design - 2.3 English

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The CAM IP generator core provides a quick way to run a C based software example application and observe the behavior of the core by using the provided Software Application example design, which has a self-checking testbench. The Software Application example design makes use of functions defined in the CAM Driver API Description (

Standalone driver details can be found on the CAM IP product page.

After configuring the CAM IP based on your design requirements, and selecting the Generate Output Productsā€¦ option to generate the core outputs, the Software Application example design is created.

If the default directory location is specified, then a sw directory will be created at the following location:


For example, if the CAM IP instance name is cam_0, then the location would be:


This sw directory contains the sub-directories detailed in the following table:

Table 1. Sub-directory Descriptions
Sub-directory Description
sw/cam_src CAM IP obfuscated source code.

DPI library generation.

Refer to the readme.txt file on instructions on how to use this if customization is required.

sw/sw_example Software Application Example Design

The following three file names will be prepended with the CAM IP instance name chosen. For instance, if the CAM IP instance name is cam_0, then the files would be named:

  1. cam_0.c
  2. cam_0.h
  3. cam_0_example.c ā€“ top level containing "main"

data_stim.c ā€“ the stimulus file restricted to 10 entries only.

Makefile ā€“ used by make to generate the executable. Name of the executable would be cam_0_example.

The Software Application example design performs the following tasks:

  1. Creates an instance of the CAM, based on the settings you selected, via the CAM API functions.
  2. Based on the input stimulus file data_stim.c.
    • insert entry
    • read entry by key
    • read entry by response
    • delete entry
  3. Print out the results to the console window.