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My name is Sven Andersson and I
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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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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

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Kittelfjall Lappland

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100 Power Tips for FPGA Designers

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Zynq design from scratch. Part 52.
Using Petalinux 2014.2

Upgrading to newer versions of software is not always an easy task. Upgrading one operating system and three software tools at the same time will not make it easier. This is what we have now:
  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Vivado 2104.2
  • Xilinx SDK 2104.2
  • Petalinux 2014.2

I will start by rerunning part 23 (Booting Petalinux) to see if things still work. Here is the Petalinux BSP for the ZedBoard.

We will start by loading and booting the pre-built Petalinux image.

--> source /opt/PetaLinux/petalinux-2014.2-final/
--> cd ...../Avnet-Digilent-ZedBoard-2014.2
--> petalinux-boot --jtag --prebuilt 3

The FPGA is configured and the image file is downloaded, but the system is not booting. Here is the display on the terminal screen.

After looking around I found this explanation
in the Xilinx forum:  Now i found out that the processor was simply in "stopped" mode. I used XMD to send the JTAG "con" command to continue the execution and everything works fine. I did it with the following commands:

After a few seconds the booting starts and the following is displayed on the terminal screen.

Rebuilding the Petalinux kernel image

Now let's see if we can rebuild the kernel image and boot it on our ZedBoard. We will follow part 25 and repeat all steps. We first run the petalinux-build command to compile the software image.

-> cd <Project Dir>/
-> source /opt/PetaLinux/
-> petalinux-build

The build fails showing this error messages. It seems we are missing the file predefs.h in Ubuntu 14.04. A quick fix is to copy the file /usr/include/stdc-predef.h to the directory /usr/include/x86_64-linux-gnu/bits and rename it to predefs.h.This fix may need some more investigation, but for now it works.

Now the build finishes without any errors.

Make a prebuilt package

We will use the command petalinux-package to packages all files into a prebuilt package and then use the command: petalinix-boot --jtag --prebuilt 3 to boot the ZedBoard. See part 25 for more information. After we have made the package we can follow the instructions from the first part of this blog.

->petalinux-package --prebuilt --fpga download.bit


Upgrading to new software is never a painless experience but with the help from the community there is almost always a solution to be found. Thanks Martin for helping out and a message to Xilinx to fix the bug.

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