On-Demand Webinar

From MATLAB® to High-Quality RTL Using High-Level Synthesis - The Design Methodology

The Design Methodology

Estimated Watching Time: 50 minutes


MATLAB® is a de facto standard algorithm development tool in many image and signal processing hardware designs. Yet, the traditional path from an abstract floating-point MATLAB model to high-quality RTL code is long and often requires multiple manual coding stages, several designers and many code bases to be maintained. This process can be simplified by using Catapult® High-Level Synthesis (HLS) along with a sophisticated workflow. The model transformation from MATLAB to class-based C++ is much simpler than transformation from MATLAB to RTL because the abstraction level can be kept high. Using a systematic data type definition scheme, the conversion to fixed-point can be done in C++ using the same functional C++ code for both floating-point and fixed-point implementations. This reduces the number of code bases to be maintained down to two: one MATLAB and one C++ model that can be automatically validated. The whole process can be completed by 1-2 designers in a short time resulting in similar or even better power, performance and area metrics compared to a hand-coded implementation. This webinar introduces a design methodology that starts from a self-contained MATLAB script and goes through the different workflow steps to HLS generated, high-quality RTL. All design steps including fixed-point conversion are described in detail.

What you will learn:

  • MATLAB to RTL methodology overview

  • Model analysis, data type extraction and HLS structure planning

  • Fixed-point analysis basics

  • Validation of C++ model in MATLAB

  • Step-by-step walkthrough of the workflow

Who should attend:

  • Engineering Directors who need faster design cycles and lower verification costs than RTL design provides

  • RTL Design and verification managers who need to improve team productivity

  • RTL Designers concerned that RTL might no longer be enough to compete

  • System Architects looking for optimal design partitioning for power, performance and area

  • Algorithm Developers who are interested in HW bottlenecks in their algorithm

Meet the speaker

Siemens EDA

Petri Solanti

Senior Application Engineer

Petri Solanti is a senior application engineer at Siemens, with an HLS and low-power tools focus. He is a designer and application engineer with over 25 years of experience in Electronics System-Level design tools and methodologies. His areas of interest include design methodologies from algorithm to RTL, system analysis and HW/SW co-design. Prior to Mentor, Mr. Solanti held application engineer positions at Cadence, CoWare, Synopsys and MathWorks. He received his MScEE degree from Tampere University of Technology, Finland.