The introduction of the Xilinx Virtex-5 LX family of devices has significantly advanced operation speeds and increased the available resources for FPGAs. As FPGAs have grown in complexity, it is increasingly problematic to manually route-out signals of interest for debugging and validation.

The Virtex-5 family, with up to 330,000 logic cells and 1,200 I/O pins, lends itself extremely well to modern measurement cores and related logic analyzer and mixed signal-oscilloscope FPGA measurement applications. This article provides several examples that will help you save significant time in general logic debugging and validation with the MicroBlaze version 5.0 soft-processor core.

Reprinted with permission from Xcell Journal / Fourth Quarter 2006. Article © Xcell Journal.