litescope by enjoy-digital

Small footprint and configurable embedded FPGA logic analyzer
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            Copyright 2012-2017 / EnjoyDigital

       A small footprint and configurable embedded FPGA
            logic analyzer core powered by LiteX

[> Intro
--------
LiteScope is a small footprint and configurable embedded logic analyzer that you
can use in your FPGA and aims to provide a free, portable and flexible
alternative to vendor's solutions!

LiteScope is part of LiteX libraries whose aims are to lower entry level of
complex FPGA cores by providing simple, elegant and efficient implementations
of components used in today's SoC such as Ethernet, SATA, PCIe, SDRAM Controller...

The core uses simple and specific streaming buses and will provides in the future
adapters to use standardized AXI or Avalon-ST streaming buses.

Since Python is used to describe the HDL, the core is highly and easily
configurable.

LiteScope is built using LiteX and uses technologies developed in partnership with
M-Labs Ltd:
 - Migen enables generating HDL with Python in an efficient way.
 - MiSoC provides the basic blocks to build a powerful and small footprint SoC.

LiteScope can be used as LiteX library or can be integrated with your standard
design flow by generating the verilog rtl that you will use as a standard core.

[> Features
-----------
- IO peek and poke with LiteScopeIO
- Logic analyser with LiteScopeAnalyzer:
  - Subsampling
  - Data storage in block rams
- Bridges:
  - UART2Wishbone (provided by LiteX)
  - Ethernet2Wishbone ("Etherbone") (when used with LiteEth)
  - PCIe2Wishbone (when used with LitePCIe)
- Exports formats: .vcd, .sr(sigrok), .csv, .py, etc...

[> Proven
---------
LiteScope has already been used to investigate issues on commercial and open-source designs.

[> Possible improvements
------------------------
- add standardized interfaces (AXI, Avalon-ST)
- add protocols analyzers
- add signals injection/generation
- add storage in DRAM
- add storage in HDD with LiteSATA core
- ... See below Support and consulting :)

If you want to support these features, please contact us at florent [AT]
enjoy-digital.fr. You can also contact our partner on the public mailing list
devel [AT] lists.m-labs.hk.


[> Getting started
------------------
1. Install Python3 and your vendor's software

2. Obtain LiteX and install it:
  git clone https://github.com/enjoy-digital/litex --recursive
  cd litex
  python3 setup.py install
  cd ..

3. Build and load test design:
  go to example_designs/
  ./make.py -p [your_platform] all load-bitstream
  Supported platforms are the ones already supported by Mibuild:
  de0nano, m1, mixxeo, kc705, zedboard...

4. Test design:
  go to test and run:
  litex_server --port your_serial_port
  python3 test_io.py (led blinker)
  python3 test_analyzer.py (capture counter with analyzer)

[> License
----------
LiteScope is released under the very permissive two-clause BSD license. Under
the terms of this license, you are authorized to use LiteScope for closed-source
proprietary designs.
Even though we do not require you to do so, those things are awesome, so please
do them if possible:
 - tell us that you are using LiteScope
 - cite LiteScope in publications related to research it has helped
 - send us feedback and suggestions for improvements
 - send us bug reports when something goes wrong
 - send us the modifications and improvements you have done to LiteScope.

[> Support and consulting
-------------------------
We love open-source hardware and like sharing our designs with others.

LiteScope is mainly developed and maintained by EnjoyDigital.

If you would like to know more about LiteScope or if you are already a happy user
and would like to extend it for your needs, EnjoyDigital can provide standard
commercial support as well as consulting services.

So feel free to contact us, we'd love to work with you! (and eventually shorten
the list of the possible improvements :)

[> Contact
----------
E-mail: florent [AT] enjoy-digital.fr
Unless otherwise noted, LiteScope is copyright (C) 2015 Florent Kermarrec.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification,
are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this
   list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice,
   this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation
   and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

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