Step 6: Run Synthesis - 2022.1 English

Vivado Design Suite Tutorial: Designing with IP (UG939)

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For this design, there are two XDC files that are required: top_timing.xdc and top_physical.xdc. One of the XDC files is used in both synthesis and implementation (top_timing.xdc) while the other is used only during implementation (top_physical.xdc).

At this point in your Tcl script, you want to read the XDC file, using read_xdc, which is used in both synthesis and implementation.

  1. Add the following to your Tcl script:
    read_xdc ../Lab_3_4_sources/Constraints/top_timing.xdc

    The design is now ready for synthesis.

    In Non-Project Mode, unlike Project Mode, there are no design runs to launch, and no runs infrastructure managing the strategies used and the state of the design. You will manually launch the various stages of synthesis and implementation.

  2. For synthesis, you use the synth_design command. Add the following to your Tcl script:
    synth_design -top sys_integration_top

    Because you created an in-memory project and set the target part, defining the target part is not needed here; however, you must provide the top-level module name with the synth_design command.

    The various Verilog files read into the in-memory design in Step 1: Reading Design Source Files do not reference other files via an `include statement. If they did, you would need to define the `include search directories with the -include_dirs option.

    After synthesis, you should generate a design checkpoint to save the results. This way you can restore the synthesized design at any time without running synthesis again.

  3. Add the following write_checkpoint command to your Tcl script:
    write_checkpoint -force post_synth.dcp

    The -force option is used to overwrite the checkpoint file if it already exists.

    You can also generate any needed reports at this point, such as a post-synthesis timing summary report.

  4. Add the following line to your Tcl script:
    report_timing_summary -file timing_syn.rpt

    This command creates a comprehensive timing report for the design and writes the report to a file.