Spring 2021 Independent Research Results

During the Spring 2021 semester, I conducted reasearch into FPGA prototyping of RISC-V SoCs with Karl Hallsby. Specifically, during the course of this project we setup and experimented with the Chipyard SoC design framework and the Xilinx Arty A7-35T FPGA in order to generate SoCs with dynamically configurable IO. The majority of the semester long project was spend on understanding how Chipyard was laid out, however in the end we were successful in uploading and running bare-metal C programs on the generated RISC-V SoC and creating step-by-step documentation to reproduce our results. The purpose of generating this documentation was to familiarize ourselves with the production of high-quality publications using LaTeX, as is used in many professional journals.

This project was successful in introducing us to several aspects of SoC design, including programming languages like Scala and Chisel HDL, improved my personal debugging and codebase exploration abilities, and tested our abilities to add to large, open-source repositories.

See our complete documentation for this project here

Alexander Lukens
Alexander Lukens
Software Engineer

Electrical Engineering Graduate from Illinois Institute of Technology