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My name is Sven Andersson and I
work as a consultant in embedded
system design, implemented in ASIC
and FPGA.
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learn more about this fantastic field.
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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

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100 Power Tips for FPGA Designers

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Zynq design from scratch. Part 9.
Using Vivado

When I start a GUI program for the first time this is the feeling I get.

The same thing with Vivado, I have no idea which buttons to push or which handles to pull. For that reason Xilinx together with Avnet have developed a number of one-day training classes  called "Xilinx SpeedWay Design Workshops".

Xilinx SpeedWay Design Workshops

Avnet Electronics Marketing introduces a new global series of Xilinx® SpeedWay Design Workshops™ for designers of electronic applications based on the Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable (AP) SoC Architecture. Taught by Avnet technical experts, these single day workshops combine informative presentations with hands-on labs supported by the ZedBoard™ and MicroZed™ development platforms. The training is recommended equally for engineers who want to gain hands-on experience with the tools and techniques that can be used to implement the Zynq-7000 AP SoC family.

Other tutorials

Here are some other tutorials you may want to study:



The Vivado® Design Suite offers multiple ways to accomplish the tasks involved in Xilinx® FPGA design and verification. In addition to the traditional register transfer level (RTL)-to-bitstream FPGA design flow, the Vivado Design Suite provides new system-level integration flows that focus on intellectual property (IP)-centric design. Various IP can be instantiated, configured, and interactively connected into IP subsystem block designs within the Vivado IP integrator environment. Custom IP and IP block designs can be configured and packaged and made available from the Vivado IP catalog. Design analysis and verification is enabled at each stage of the flow. Design analysis features include logic simulation, I/O and clock planning, power an alysis, constraint definition and timing analysis, design rule checks (DRC), visualization of design logic, analysis and modification of implementation results, and programming and debugging.

The entire solution is integrated within a graphical user interface (GUI) known as the Vivado Integrated Design Environment (IDE). The Vivado IDE provides an interface to assemble, implement, and validate the design and the IP. In addition, all flows can be run using Tcl commands. Tcl commands can be scripted or entered interactively using the Vivado Design Suite Tcl shell or using the Tcl Console in the Vivado IDE. You can use Tcl scripts to run the entire design flow, including design analysis, or to run only parts of the flow.

Design flow

For more information read the document: 
Vivado Design User Guide: Design Flows Overview (UG892).

Getting a head start

In December 2013 I attended a SpeedWay Design Workshop here in Stockholm held by Avnet. The workshop was called  "Introduction to Zynq" and took us through a complete Zynq-7000 design including software development, using the ZedBoard. For all of you who don't have the possibility to go to one of these workshops here is your chance to get the same information from my blog. Let's get started!

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