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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

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
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A look at the equipment you need
Skate maintenance
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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
KittelfjÀll 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
FPGA Journal
FPGA World
Lesley Shannon Courses
Mac 2 Ubuntu
Programmable Logic DesignLine
World of ASIC

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Thursday, April 26, 2007
FPGA design from scratch. Part 22
Using the XPS Software Development Kit

It is time to start writing some small programs to be used in our simulations. We will use the
Platform Studio Software Devlopment Kit (SDK) to help us out with this task.

The Platform Studio Software Development Kit (SDK) was designed to facilitate the development of embedded software application projects. SDK has its own GUI and is based on the
Eclipse open-source tool suite. The Platform Studio SDK is a complementary program to XPS; that is, from SDK, you can develop the software that the peripherals and processor(s) elements connected in XPS use.

You must create an SDK project for each software application. The project directory contains your C/C++ source files, executable output file, and associated utility files, such as the make files used to build the project. Each SDK project directory is typically located under the XPS project directory tree for the embedded system that the application targets. Each SDK project produces just one executable file, <project_name>.elf. Therefore, you may have more than one SDK project targeting a single XPS embedded system.

Software development flow

(Courtesy of Xilinx)
GNU Compiler Collection

The GNU Compiler Collection (usually shortened to GCC) is a set of programming language compilers produced by the GNU Project.

Executable and Linkage Format file

In computing, the Executable and Linking Format (ELF, formerly called Extensible Linking Format) is a common standard file format for executables, object code, shared libraries, and core dumps

Missing gmake

Warning, on a Debian/Ubuntu machine, you will not have a binary called gmake, but "make" is already "gmake". You need to add a proper symlink: sudo ln -s /usr/bin/make /usr/bin/gmake

Running SDK

We will start SDK from inside the Xilinx Platform Studio. Read the EDK Concepts, Tools, and Techniques Chapter 6, The Software Platform and SDK for more information on how to write embedded software applications. To start SDK directly from  the terminal use the command: xps_sdk &

==> xps &

Before we start SDK let's take a look at the software platform settings. From the Software menu select Software Platform Settings.

Starting SDK

From the Software menu select Launch Platform Studio SDK to open SDK.

Let's read the Getting started with the Xilinx Platform Studio SDK
before we continue. To display the guide in your web browser click the Getting Started in the Welcome window. We will launch the Application Wizard to help us setup our first software project.

Xilinx Tools->Launch Application Wizard and select Import XPS Application Projects.

Click Next.

Mark the application TestApp_Memory and click Finish.

Creating a new C application project

We give the project a name and then click Finish.

The wizard starts working and after a few seconds the result is displayed. We are ready to write out first c-program.

A new directory called SDK_projects has been created with two projects in it.

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