I am doing a project on BRAM implementation. What is the difference between Block RAM and Distributed RAM on FPGA in terms of implementation, area, speed etc? Which is better?

  • \$\begingroup\$ This is really covered extensively in a lot of random places on the internet (and FPGA datasheets). Did you have a look prior to posting? \$\endgroup\$
    – dim
    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:18
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    – TonyM
    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ I read much online finding the differencees. But I am unable to understand better, especially which one is better in area and speed. Also when some one says RAM is implemented in FPGA, is it done with BRAMs or anything else? \$\endgroup\$
    – Student
    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ "DRAM" canonically stands for "dynamic RAM", and that's an unrelated thing, so to avoid confusion I expanded that abbreviation in your title. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 2, 2018 at 13:50

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Block Ram is a dedicated Ram that does not consume any additional LUT in your design whereas distributed Ram is built up with LUT. In terms of speed the distributed RAM is faster than Block Rams. Generally speaking, if not much Ram is needed you can consider to implement it as a distributed Ram. Some synthesizers may even use distributed Ram if you specifically chose Block Ram but just use a very small amount of a single block. As soon as you have large Ram blocks it doesn't make much sense to use distributed Ram.


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