Understanding Floorplanning Basics - 2023.2 English

Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Design Analysis and Closure Techniques (UG906)

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Not every design will always meet timing. You may have to guide the tools to a solution. Floorplanning allows you to guide the tools, either through high-level hierarchy layout, or through detailed gate placement.

You will achieve the greatest improvements by fixing the worst problems or the most common problems. For example if there are outlier paths that have significantly worse slack, or high levels of logic, fix those paths first. The Reports > Timing > Create Slack Histogram command can provide a view of outlier paths. Alternatively, if the same timing endpoint appears in several negative slack paths, improving one of the paths might result in similar improvements for the other paths on that endpoint.

Consider floorplanning to increase performance by reducing route delay or increasing logic density on a non-critical block. Logic density is a measure of how tightly the logic is packed onto the chip.

Floorplanning can help you meet a higher clock frequency and improve consistency in the results. There are multiple approaches to floorplanning, each with its advantages and disadvantages.