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6 Commits (5d282a950c5be5a92b2d705f529f13fc55cd0c59)

Author SHA1 Message Date
Benjamin Herrenschmidt 8e0389b973 ram: Rework main RAM interface
This replaces the simple_ram_behavioural and mw_soc_memory modules
with a common wishbone_bram_wrapper.vhdl that interfaces the
pipelined WB with a lower-level RAM module, along with an FPGA
and a sim variants of the latter.

Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>
5 years ago
Benjamin Herrenschmidt b1424e859e icache_tb: Initialize stop_mark
Too much red in gtkwave..

Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>
5 years ago
Benjamin Herrenschmidt f74e8a4f79 icache_tb: Improve test and include test file
The icache_test.bin file was missing. This adds it (along with a python3
script to generate it).

We also add better reporting on errors

Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>
5 years ago
Benjamin Herrenschmidt d40c1c1a25 icache: Use narrower block RAMs
We only ever access the cache memory for at most the wishbone bus
width at a time. So having the BRAMs organized as a cache-line-wide
port is a waste of resources.

Instead, use a wishbone-wide memory and store a line as consecutive
rows in the BRAM.

This significantly improves BRAM usage in the FPGA as we can now use
more rows in the BRAM blocks. It also saves a few LUTs and muxes.

Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>
5 years ago
Benjamin Herrenschmidt d415e5544a fetch/icache: Fit icache in BRAM
The goal is to have the icache fit in BRAM by latching the output
into a register. In order to avoid timing issues , we need to give
the BRAM a full cycle on reads, and thus we souce the BRAM address
directly from fetch1 latched NIA.

(Note: This will be problematic if/when we want to hash the address,
we'll probably be better off having fetch1 latch a fully hashed address
along with the normal one, so the icache can use the former to address
the BRAM and pass the latter along)

One difficulty is that we cannot really stall the icache without adding
more combo logic that would break the "one full cycle" BRAM model. This
means that on stalls from decode, by the time we stall fetch1, it has
already gone to the next address, which the icache is already latching.

We work around this by having a "stash" buffer in fetch2 that will stash
away the icache output on a stall, and override the output of the icache
with the content of the stash buffer when unstalling.

This requires a rewrite of the stop/step debug logic as well. We now
do most of the hard work in fetch1 which makes more sense.

Note: Vivado is still not inferring an built-in output register for the
BRAMs. I don't want to add another cycle... I don't fully understand why
it wouldn't be able to treat current_row as such but clearly it won't. At
least the timing seems good enough now for 100Mhz, possibly more.

Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>
5 years ago
Anton Blanchard 1e3e16e500 Add an icache testbench
Signed-off-by: Anton Blanchard <>
5 years ago