This design example demonstrates how to reload coefficients from a file when using the Altera® finite impulse response (FIR) Compiler IP MegaCore®function. FIR Compiler provides the flexibility to change the coefficients at run time. While the FIR Compiler is processing the data with one set of coefficients, you can reload another set without halting core processing.
To optimize silicon efficiency, coefficients are not stored in their natural order. This example explains the steps for reordering the coefficients using the precompiled executable coef_seq.exe. The filter uses four sets of coefficients: low pass, high pass, band pass, and band reject filters. The first two are parameterized in the IP Toolbench; the latter two must be reloaded at run time and require reordering in advance. The provided testbench shows you how to set up controls to reload the coefficients to meet the timing requirements.
Download the files used in this example:
- Download FIR Coefficient Reload Example Design File (Version 91)
- Download FIR Coefficient Reload README File (Version 91)
The use of this design is governed by, and subject to, the terms and conditions of the Altera Hardware Reference Design License Agreement.
Files in the zip download include:
- fir91.v - FIR compiler wrapper file
- coef_reload_tb.v - Testbench file
- coef_reload_msim.tcl - Tcl script for running a functional simulation using the ModelSim® tool
- coef_seq.exe - Windows executable that reorders the coefficients
Table 1 lists the FIR compiler ports and gives a description for each.
Table 1. FIR Compiler Port Listing
|Input||Synchronous active low reset signal|
|Input||Sample input data|
|Input||Select which coefficient set used for the calculation|
|Input||Asserted when input data is valid|
|Input||Asserted by the downstream module if it is able to accept data|
|Input||Error signal indicating Avalon®-ST protocol violations on the sink side|
|Input||Selects which coefficient set to be reloaded|
|Input||Active high write-enable signal|
|Input||Input coefficient value when reloading coefficient|
|Output||Asserted by the FIR filter when it is able to accept data|
|Output||Asserted by the FIR filter when there is valid data to output|
|Output||Error signal indicating Avalon-ST protocol violations on the source side|
Table 2 shows the FIR compiler parameters.
Table 2. FIR Compiler Parameters
|# of Input Channels||1|
|Output Bitwidth||38 (Full Resolution)|
|# of Coefficient Set||
|# of Coefficient in Each Set||
|Device Family||Stratix® IV|
|Structure||DA: Fully Parallel Filter|
|Data Storage||Logic Cells|
|Coefficient Reload Box||Checked|
|Use Single Clock Box||Checked|
- DSP Builder
- FIR Compiler MegaCore Function
- FIR Compiler User Guide (PDF)
- MegaCore IP Library Release Notes and Errata (PDF)
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