EEL4712 Labs (Spring 2018)

We will also be using the Digilent Analog Discovery Board. If you have not purchased it yet, you can here:

Lab workarounds

If you run into unexplainable errors, make sure your Quartus and/or Modelsim projects are stored in a path without any spaces. It seems to have fixed the problems for some people.

If you are doing a timing simulation, make sure to remove the original vhd file from the Modelsim project. If you don't, two files will define the same entity, which will likely cause problems.

If you can't find the USB-Blaster device in Windows, try the following suggestion from another student:
" within device manager, if you double click on the Altera USB-Blaster, and go to the Driver tab, press on Update Driver, then press Browse my computer for driver software -> browse. This is where you find the file. In my case, and for most people, it should be under: Local Disk (C:) -> intelFPGA_lite -> 17.1 -> quartus -> drivers -> usb-blaster. Select that folder and press ok. Then press next in the update driver window and it will load it with functional drivers. "

Lab 0: (Week 2: Jan 16-22)

  1. Obtain and test board in lab. If you have questions about the board, you can read the manual here.
  2. Install Quartus Prime 17.1 Lite Edition (free) . Before downloading, make sure the ModelSim option is selected. You can unselect device support for everything except the MAX 10, MAX II, and MAX V FPGAs if you need to save disk space.
  3. Read over the following tutorials (ignore references to lab assignment tasks. You will be using these tools as part of the next lab)
  4. Review Quartus Tutorials 1 and 3 (Appendices in textbook)
  5. Start reading the ModelSim tutorial. You do not need to finish the entire tutorial, but you will be using this tool all semester, so make sure you understand the basics. You can install a free version of Modelsim from the earlier Quartus link.

Lab 1: Introduction to EEL 4712 Digital Design Lab (Week 3: Jan 23-29)

Lab 2: Generic-Width Behavioral ALU (Week 4: Jan 30-Feb 5)

You will find these incredibly useful:

Lab 3: Ripple-Carry and Carry-Lookahead Adders (Week 5: Feb6-Feb12)

Lab 4: Finite State Machines (Week 7: Feb20-Feb26)

Lab 5: GCD Calculator (Week 8: Feb27-Mar12) (only the Monday section demos after spring break)

Lab 6: VGA Interfacing (Week 9-10: Mar13-March26) The second week is optional for those that finish early. Everyone must attend the first week.


Final Project: MIPS-like Microprocessor (3 weeks, Starts on Tuesday, April 3)