13 July 2009
The Speedy DDR2 controller is intended as an improvement on the Xilinx MIG controller for Virtex 5 FPGAs. Designed entirely from scratch on the ML505 development board, it achieves better performance at the same clock rate than the MIG controller while consuming comparable resources. The tight timing constraints imposed by high speed DDR2 clash with the worst case timing constraint style of FPGA design in a way that presents unique challenges. This paper discusses the primary design problems resulting from that paradox and contrasts approaches to their solution. Performance is then compared between the Speedy DDR2 controller and the MIG controller from Xilinx. The source code has been written to be more readable, maintainable and modifiable than the MIG design, and is also freely downloadable from the web.
In Proceedings Of ERSA 2009