7.1.2. Chip Planner GUI
Chip Planner Toolbar
The Chip Planner toolbar provides access to the main Chip Planner functions for visualizing and modifying device resources. Alternatively, you can access the same Chip Planner commands from the Chip Planner View menu.
Chip Planner Floorplan Views
The Chip Planner includes multiple views to shows various levels of detail for the targeted Intel FPGA device. You can toggle between these different views when you require more or less detail. As you zoom in to the chip, the level of abstraction decreases, revealing more details about the resources that your design targets.
Click the Bird’s Eye View button to instantly display a summary high-level chip view, on top of your current Chip Planner view. Use this Bird's Eye view to show your current selection within the larger chip, and to navigate quickly between areas of interest.
The Bird’s Eye View is particularly useful when the parts of your design that you want to view are at opposite ends of the chip, allowing you to quickly navigate between resource elements without losing the current frame of reference.
When you select any element in the Chip Planner, the Properties window displays the detailed properties of the objects (such as atoms, paths, Logic Lock regions, or routing elements). To display the Properties window, right-click the object and select View > Properties.
Layers Settings Pane
clicking View > Layers Settings to customize which device structures the Chip Planner displays.
You can select the Basic, Detailed, or Floorplan Editing settings that are preconfigured for specific planning tasks, or specify your own layer settings.
The Chip Planner has two editing modes.
- Assignment—editing mode allows you to make assignment changes that are implemented the next time you run the Fitter.
- ECO—editing mode allows you to make post-compilation changes, commonly referred to as engineering change orders (ECOs), without running a full compilation.
The Locate History window records all searches you perform using the Locate in Chip Planner command, allowing you to quickly rerun common searches.