Stratix 10 - Mailbox Client Intel FPGA IP Core Design Example(QSPI flash Access and Remote System Update)

Stratix 10 - Mailbox Client Intel FPGA IP Core Design Example(QSPI flash Access and Remote System Update)



This reference design implements the Mailbox Client Intel FPGA IP Core in Stratix 10 FPGA.
IP Cores (23)
IP Core IP Core Category
Altera In-System Sources & Probes SimulationDebugVerification
Reset Controller QsysInterconnect
MM Interconnect QsysInterconnect
Avalon-MM Master Translator QsysInterconnect
Avalon-MM Slave Translator QsysInterconnect
altera_jtag_avalon_master QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST Packets to Bytes Converter QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST Timing Adapter QsysInterconnect
Avalon Packets to Transaction Converter QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST Single Clock FIFO QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST Channel Adapter QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST Bytes to Packets Converter QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST JTAG Interface QsysInterconnect
altera_config_stream_endpoint Debug & Performance
Top level generated instrumentation fabric Debug & Performance
Altera SDM Mbox Bridge Configuration and Programming
Altera SDM IRQ Configuration and Programming
Altera SDM2FPGA Bridge Configuration and Programming
Altera SDM GPO Configuration and Programming
Altera SDM GPI Configuration and Programming
Altera FPGA2SDM Bridge Configuration and Programming
Memory-Mapped Multiplexer QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST Handshake Clock Crosser QsysInterconnect

Detailed Description

The Mailbox Client Intel FPGA IP is a bridge between a host and the Secure Device Manager(SDM) You use the Mailbox Client Intel FPGA IP to send commands and receive status from SDM peripheral clients. The Mailbox Client Intel FPGA IP is an Avalon MM slave component that must connect
to an Avalon MM master.

In this reference design, JTAG-to-Avalon Master act as the host controller connecting to Mailbox Client Intel FPGA IP core. The JTAG-to-Avalon Master Bridge IP translate the commands it receives from the System Console to Avalon Memory-Mapped (Avalon MM) format that the Mailbox Client Intel FPGA IP requires. Mailbox Client Intel FPGA IP: drives commands and receives responses from the SDM.

The rsu1.tcl script provides examples to perform the available command functions supported by SDM. You can run the functions available in the rsu1.tcl script via System Console of the Intel Quartus Prime software to perform the following operations,
- QPSI flash access operations such as program QSPI flash with .rpd file.
- Remote System Update(RSU) operations such as reading RSU status and trigger reconfiguration from the data source which can be either an application image or factory image.

The rsu1.tcl script can be downloaded from the link provided below.

For more details,
1. Refer to Mailbox Client Intel FPGA IP User Guide

2. Refer to Chapter 5. Remote System Update(RSU) in Intel Stratix 10 Configuration User Guide

Prepare the design template in the Quartus Prime software GUI (version 14.1 and later)

Note: After downloading the design example, you must prepare the design template. The file you downloaded is of the form of a <project>.par file which contains a compressed version of your design files (similar to a .qar file) and metadata describing the project. The combination of this information is what constitutes a <project>.par file. In releases 16.0 or newer, you can simply double click on the <project>.par file and Quartus will launch that project.

The second means to bring up the project template is through the New Project Wizard (File -> New Project Wizard). After entering the project name and folder on the first panel, the second panel will ask you to specify an empty project or project template. Select project template. You will see a list of Design Templates projects that you have loaded prior as well as various "Baseline Pinout Designs" that contain the pinout and settings for a variety of development kits. If you don't see your design template in the list, click on the link that states install the Design Templates circled below:

Browse to the <project>.par file you downloaded, click next, followed by Finish, and your design template will be installed and displayed in the Project Navigator pane in Quartus.

Note: When a design is stored in the Design Store as a design template, it has been previously regression tested against the stated version of Quartus software. The regression ensures the design template passes analysis/synthesis/fitting/assembly steps in the Quartus design flow.

Prepare the design template in the Quartus Prime software command-line

At the command-line, type the following command:

quartus_sh --platform_install -package <project directory>/<project>.par

Once the process completes, then type:

quartus_sh --platform -name <project>


* ACDS Version: 20.4.0 Pro

Design Details

Device Family

Intel® Stratix® 10 FPGAs and SoC FPGAs

Quartus Edition

Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition

Quartus Version