You can use the RTL design flow to create modules, instantiate IP, or assemble the top-level design, similar to previous architectures. However, you must follow AMD recommendations for using Versal device-specific blocks in the RTL design flow, including the CIPS and NoC IP. The CIPS IP provides access to device configuration features, and the NoC IP connects PL to one or several DDRMC hardened IP.
AMD highly recommends using the Vivado IP integrator to instantiate and configure the CIPS and NoC IP. However, you do not need to use the IP integrator for your entire design. The CIPS IP, NoC IP, and other memory-mapped components of the system can be configured in a block design using the IP integrator. The resulting block design can then be instantiated in the top-level RTL. Using this approach allows you to build the majority of your design using a traditional RTL flow.