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My name is Sven Andersson and I
work as a consultant in embedded
system design, implemented in ASIC
and FPGA.
In my spare time I write this blog
and I hope it will inspire others to
learn more about this fantastic field.
I live in Stockholm Sweden and have
my own company


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New Horizons
What's new
Starting a blog
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Zynq Design From Scratch
Started February 2014
1 Introduction
Changes and updates
2 Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC
3 ZedBoard and other boards
4 Computer platform and VirtualBox
5 Installing Ubuntu
6 Fixing Ubuntu
7 Installing Vivado
8 Starting Vivado
9 Using Vivado
10 Lab 1. Create a Zynq project
11 Lab 1. Build a hardware platform
12 Lab 1. Create a software application
13 Lab 1. Connect to ZedBoard
14 Lab 1. Run a software application
15 Lab 1. Benchmarking ARM Cortex-A9
16 Lab 2. Adding a GPIO peripheral
17 Lab 2. Create a custom HDL module
18 Lab 2. Connect package pins and implement
19 Lab 2. Create a software application and configure the PL
20 Lab 2. Debugging a software application
21 Running Linux from SD card
22 Installing PetaLinux
23 Booting PetaLinux
24 Connect to ZedBoad via ethernet
25 Rebuilding the PetaLinux kernel image
26 Running a DHCP server on the host
27 Running a TFTP server on the host
28 PetaLinux boot via U-boot
29 PetaLinux application development
30 Fixing the host computer
31 Running NFS servers
32 VirtualBox seamless mode
33 Mounting guest file system using sshfs
34 PetaLinux. Setting up a web server
35 PetaLinux. Using cgi scripts
36 PetaLinux. Web enabled application
37 Convert from VirtualBox to VMware
38 Running Linaro Ubuntu on ZedBoard
39 Running Android on ZedBoard
40 Lab2. Booting from SD card and SPI flash
41 Lab2. PetaLinux board bringup
42 Lab2. Writing userspace IO device driver
43 Lab2. Hardware debugging
44 MicroZed quick start
45 Installing Vivado 2014.1
46 Lab3. Adding push buttons to our Zynq system
47 Lab3. Adding an interrupt service routine
48 Installing Ubuntu 14.04
49 Installing Vivado and Petalinux 2014.2
50 Using Vivado 2014.2
51 Upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04
52 Using Petalinux 2014.2
53 Booting from SD card and SPI flash
54 Booting Petalinux 2014.2 from SD card
55 Booting Petalinux 2014.2 from SPI flash
56 Installing Vivado 2014.3

Chipotle Verification System

EE Times Retrospective Series
It all started more than 40 years ago
My first job as an electrical engineer
The Memory (R)evolution
The Microprocessor (R)evolution

Four soft-core processors
Started January 2012
Table of contents
OpenRISC 1200
Nios II

Using the Spartan-6 LX9 MicroBoard
Started August 2011
Table of contents
Problems, fixes and solutions

FPGA Design From Scratch
Started December 2006
Table of contents
Acronyms and abbreviations

Actel FPGA design
Designing with an Actel FPGA. Part 1
Designing with an Actel FPGA. Part 2
Designing with an Actel FPGA. Part 3
Designing with an Actel FPGA. Part 4
Designing with an Actel FPGA. Part 5

A hardware designer's best friend
Zoo Design Platform

Installing Cobra Command Tool
A processor benchmark

Porting a Unix program to Mac OS X
Fixing a HyperTerminal in Mac OS X
A dream come true

Stockholm by bike

The New York City Marathon

Kittelfjall Lappland

Tour skating in Sweden and around the world
Wild skating
Tour day
Safety equipment
A look at the equipment you need
Skate maintenance
Books, photos, films and videos
Weather forecasts

38000 feet above see level
A trip to Spain
Florida the sunshine state

Photo Albums
Seaside Florida
Ronda Spain
Sevilla Spain
Cordoba Spain
Alhambra Spain
Kittelfjäll Lapland
Landsort Art Walk
Skating on thin ice

100 Power Tips for FPGA Designers

Adventures in ASIC
Computer History Museum
Design & Reuse
d9 Tech Blog
EDA Cafe
EDA DesignLine
Eli's tech Blog
FPGA Arcade
FPGA Central
FPGA developer
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Programmable Logic DesignLine
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Monday, December 18, 2006
FPGA design from scratch. Part 3
Now it's time to get to know the Integrated Software Environment (ISE) design software from Xilinx. The first thing I would like to do is to generate the two memories needed. They have to be two-port memories, one port for writing and one port for reading. The size of the memories should be 1024x32 bits. Better start by finding the documentation from Xilinx. This is what the Xlinx design flow looks like.

                                                                                                      (Courtesy of Xilinx)

Let's begin by reading the "ISE Quick Start Tutorial". This is probably the best way to get started. Go to the pdf download page and download and unpack the file The tutorial contains the following sections:
  • Getting Started
  • Create a New Project
  • Create an HDL source
  • Design Simulation
  • Create Timing Constraints
  • Implement Design and Verify Constraints
  • Reimplement Design and Verify Pin Locations
  • Download Design to the Spartan-3 Demo Board
You can also download an ISE In-depth tutorial.

I will go through the whole design flow and let you know what I experience. The best way to have a question answered is to create a technical support case using the
Xilinx WebCase. Let's get going. The first thing to do is to create a new project.
  1. For Windows double click the ISE desktop icon . For Linux type <ise &> in a terminal.
  2. Select File->New Project
  3. Enter project name (ETC) and the directory path for the new project
  4. Click next
  5. Fill in all the device properties and software to use
  6. Click next
  7. I will add all the source code afterwards.
  8. Click finish.
Using Parallels Desktop

Xilinx ISE running in Windows XP

Xilinx ISE running in Ubuntu Linux.

Using VMware Fusion

I have switched to VMware Fusion. For more information read
How to install Ubuntu 7.04 using VMware Fusion in Mac OS X.

Windows versus Linux

From now on I will use the Linux version whenever I can. I don't like the blue color.

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Posted at 11:50 by

June 4, 2010   01:48 PM PDT
Dear Sir:
I'm Lecture in Computer Eng. my department have Spartan3-E XC3S500 , my work is JPEG core ,, I complete my VHDL core but I need to added color converter stage but
my FPGA is not enogh,,,I think ,,,I can use Microblaze to over come my problem,,, I start to wlork on EDK 10.1 as will as ISE 10.1 and bulit Xps file (wirte Simple C++ program
for try only ,,,to read BRAM content and display it using RS-232 but it take alot of space eleven BRAM and three embdded multiplier while I not use it , I dont know why ...can you help me to coennect my VHDL code with C++ code (color converter using Microblaze soft processor).I use OPB Bus.

alot of thanks to read my letter
December 2, 2008   10:19 AM PST
Dear Mr.Svenand,

How about altera and Lattice FPGA?
I am quiet interesting on Lattice ECP2M FPGA with SERDES function and in a lower price.
Can you also do the FPGA design using Lattice FPGA?

October 7, 2007   07:13 AM PDT
I haven't used ISE WebPACK 7.1i. I started with ISE 8.1i and today I use ISE 9.1i. I think it is a good idea to keep updating the XIlinx software.
September 24, 2007   08:22 PM PDT
I mean for implementation/Synthesize on Xilinx Virtex-4 XC4VLX25 Evaluation board from AVNET. Thanks for answers.

September 24, 2007   08:21 PM PDT
Dear Mr. Svenand,

Do you have any experience on using xilinkcorelib on ISE Webpack 7.1i? I found some hard problem with it.
Surely waiting your useful advise.


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