FPGA LabVIEW Overview

22/02/2021, hardwarebee

What is FPGA LabVIEW?


LabVIEW is a graphical programming environment that has been developed by National Instruments, also known as NI. It has been used for several decades now in the world of engineering, as a tool to help develop, design, and test various kinds of test applications.


With the help of the LabVIEW FPGA, you can develop custom hardware logic which can subsequently be deployed on FPGA hardware. It can also be used to debug hardware logic for your FPGA chips. The real advantage of using LabVIEW is that it allows the user to develop and complete programming tasks that would otherwise consume a great amount of time if dealt with using other programming languages.


Programming FPGAs using LabVIEW


LabVIEW is universal in the sense that the same environment can be used to program for all kinds of devices and platforms, including FPGAs. If you already have experience working in the LabVIEW environment, then programming FPGAs using this tool will come intuitively to you. In addition to the LabVIEW environment, you may also require a few add-ons. These add-ons will allow you to interface and subsequently program FPGAs.


Benefits of Using LabVIEW FPGA


Here are just a few advantages of using LabVIEW FPGA:


Quick Programming


The greatest advantage that LabVIEW FPGA brings to its users is that it helps to cut down on the project completion time significantly. LabVIEW uses what can be considered to be an extension of the base graphical programming language or the G language in the FPGA environment. Because of this, you can develop a working FPGA application in the matter of a few minutes. While developing more complex programming iterations for your FPGA will certainly take more time and skill, the overall experience requires less time and effort as compared to if you were to learn how to use HDL to write FPGA applications.


Easy to Use


The platform itself is designed to be intuitive and is quite straightforward. Once you get the hang of the basics, programming FPGAs is not as complicated a process as you may initially believe it to be.


Elaborate Coding Environment

The NI LabVIEW environment is equipped with many helpful tools that assist in the programming for FPGAs. The libraries available for coding in Windows can also be accessed and used in LabVIEW FPGA which provides the user with a very elaborate coding environment.


Simulation Tools


Additionally, the ecosystem allows you to access a bunch of simulation tools that you can use to test out your FPGA code. One feature enables you to simply copy and paste your LabVIEW FPGA code and observe how the machine would behave. This proves to be extremely useful for time sensitive projects.

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