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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
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The Memory (R)evolution
The Microprocessor (R)evolution

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

Using the Spartan-6 LX9 MicroBoard
Started August 2011
Table of contents
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FPGA Design From Scratch
Started December 2006
Table of contents
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Actel FPGA design
Designing with an Actel FPGA. Part 1
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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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Monday, April 09, 2007
FPGA design from scratch. Part 15
EDK is a suite of tools and IP that enables you to design a complete embedded processor system for implementation in a Xilinx FPGA device. To run EDK, ISE must be installed as well. Think of it as an umbrella covering all things related to embedded processor systems and their design.

Xilinx Platform Studio (XPS)

XPS is the development environment or GUI used for designing the hardware portion of your embedded processor system.

Software Development Kit (SDK)

Platform Studio SDK is an integrated development environment, complimentary to XPS, that is used for C/C++ embedded software application creation and verification. SDK is built on the Eclipse™ open-source framework. Because many other software development tools are being built on the Eclipse infrastructure, this software development tool might already be familiar to you or members of your design team.

EDK includes other elements such as:
•    Hardware IP for the Xilinx embedded processors
•    Drivers and libraries for embedded software development
•    GNU Compiler and debugger for C/C++ software development targeting the MicroBlaze™ and PowerPC™ processors
•    Documentation
•    Sample projects

The utilities provided with EDK are designed to assist in all phases of the embedded design process.

(Courtesy of Xilinx)
Using Xilinx Platform Studio

This is going to be fun. Let's start xps. We will use the
EDK 9.1 MicroBlaze Tutorial in Virtex-4 and the EDK 9.1i Concepts, Tools and Techniques Guide (CTTG) as we go along.

For more documents go to the
Xilinx Platform Studio Documentation.

XPS Design checklist

This page
provides a summary of all necessary steps and commonly used optional steps to complete an embedded processor system design.

==> xps&
[1] 4463
Xilinx Platform Studio
Xilinx EDK 9.1 Build EDK_J.19
Copyright (c) 1995-2007 Xilinx, Inc.  All rights reserved.

Launching XPS GUI...
Overriding Xilinx file <mdtgui/images/xps-splash-screen.bmp> with local file

We will create a new project using the Base System Builder wizard (see chapter 2 in CTTG).

First we have to create a new top-level project file (ETC_system.xmp). A Xilinx Microprocessor Project (XMP) file is the top-level file description of the embedded system under development. All XPS project information is saved in the XMP file, including the location of the Microprocessor Hardware Specification (MHS) and Microprocessor  Software Specification (MSS) files. The MHS and MSS files are described in detail later.

When I click the OK button I get the following error message:

ERROR:PersonalityModule:7 - Unable to open Xilinx data file for Vendor/Device
   Module "qrvirtex2".  Please make sure that it has been correctly installed
   before continuing.

I just realized there is a service pack 1 available for EDK 9.1i. I will download this sevice pack and see if it fixes the problem. The service pack fixed the problem. Sorry to bother you Xilinx.

We would like to create a new design for the ML403 evaluation board.

We will use the MicroBlaze soft processor.

We will use the 100MHz system clock available on the board, an active low reset signal and we will have an on-chip debug module. We don't need memory caches and a floating point unit.

In the next four pages we will select the peripherals to use:

We will change the baudrate to 57600 at a later stage.

The UART will be used for the serial communication between the board and the terminal.

Here are more information about available IO devices:

 IO Device
 Xilinx Name
RS232 UART UARTLITE opb_uartlite.pdf
CompactFlash SysACE_CompactFlash opb_sysace.pdf
USB Cypress_USB xapp925.pdf
Ethernet MACEthernet_MAC
Memory corner
Flash memoryFLASH_2Mx32

When we click the Generate button, we will start the generation of our embedded system.

We have now put together our embedded system. We can always go back and add or remove IO interfaces at a later stage. Here is the file tree generated from XPS.

  • blkdiagram - contains the blockdiagram of our system that can be displayed in a web browser (ETC_system.html).
  • data - contains the UCF (user constraints file) for the target board
  • etc - contains system settings for JTAG configuration on the board that is used when downloading the bit file and the default parameters that are passed to the ISE tools
  • pcores - is empty right now, but is utilized for custom peripherals
  • TestApp_Memory - contains a user application in C code source, for testing the memory in the system

Look at project options

Select Project->Project Options to display the current project setup.

Generate a design report file

To generate a design report file select Project->Generate and view design report. The design report will be stored in the report directory and can be viewed in a web browser (ETC_system.html).

Now it's time to add our own IP block, the Embedded Test Controller (ETC). That is the subject of the next part.

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Posted at 08:59 by

January 25, 2010   04:06 PM PST
I am very lucky to get this.
Can I get a complete flow of EDK and SDK for custom board(spartan 3 mini module).

If possible mail me to
March 5, 2009   08:56 AM PST
will you please give me a steps what to do after clicking finish? as i am new to EDK.I am trying to run simple Test_mem_App.
July 1, 2008   10:07 PM PDT
thanx a lot.!
March 12, 2008   08:46 AM PDT
u made my day mate!was like blind folded and left alone in a jungle b4 i found this!!!Thanks a ton

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