New Horizons

Welcome to my blog

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


You are welcome to contact me
and ask questions or make comments
about my blog.


New Horizons
What's new
Starting a blog
Writing a blog
Using an RSS reader

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
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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Friday, November 10, 2006
A dream come true
I always dreamed of being able to use my Mac for all my computer tasks both at home and at work. I am an ASIC designer and in my job I use many different CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs. These programs used to run only on big Unix workstations from SUN and HP. But with Linux growing more and more popular they now can run on almost any PC, equipped with a X86 processor.

I bought my first
computer in 1993, a Macintosh LC III. It had a 32MHz 68030 CPU and 4MB of RAM.

It was a great machine. I used it for everything, playing games like Pacman and Tetris, writing all my documents and organizing the house association. To find out more about the Apple and Macintosh history go to
Low End Mac

My next Mac was a Performa 5400/180. It was introduced 1996 and had a PowerPC 603e running at 180MHz. It had 16MB of RAM and a 1.6 GB hard drive.

My third Mac was a PowerBook G3/400 codenamed Lombard. It had a PowerPC 750 (G3) processor running at 400MHz and was equipped with  64MB of RAM and  a 6 GB hard drive.

My fourth Mac was a PowerBook G4 1.67. It was introduced in 2005 and had a PowerPC 7447a (G4) running at 1.67 GHz. It had 512MB of RAM and 80GB hard drive.

My fifth Mac is the one I am using today and the one that has given me the possibility to use it for all my computing needs both at home and at work. It is a MacBook Core Duo featuring a 2.0 GHz Intel processor (T2400) with two independent processor cores on a single chip. I had it customized with 1GB of RAM and a 80GB hard drive. It uses the same processor as many PCs are using and lets me install and run  Windows XP and any Linux version I like.

My current setup looks like this. It consists of a MacBook Core Duo with a bluetooth keyboard from Apple  and a bluetooth mouse BT500 from RadTech. The display is a 23-inch Cinema display from Apple. When I leave home I just unplug the display grab the MacBook and have access to Mac OS X, Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux wherever I  go.
Posted at 10:36 by

December 12, 2009   11:47 AM PST
I just made it to Mac (Hack) I'm a long timer from early DOS to Vista but now
peace at last OSX... fantastic but still I ned XP for a few Apps like
Autocad and ArchiCAD and now ISE so far no problem 3D works smooth
I run XP with Parallels Desktop (I prefer PD than fusion) and runs fast and better 3D.
I own Nexys2 & Avnet Spartan 3A an could seamless communicate (program) via USB, I also bought A Xilinx USB DLC-09 JTAC cable but still to test(just got this morning).
My Hack
Zotac gf 9300 ITX 4GB Ram CPU C2D E8500 Snow Leopard vanilla install.

I heard this: who needs Windows in a World without walls? I'm absolutely enthusiastic about OSX...
March 23, 2009   10:43 PM PDT
I have used VMware and Ubuntu Linux for running Xilinx ISE and XPS software. You can find out more by reading the "FPGA design from scratch" story. The programming via JTAG was the biggest hurdle. See part 25 for more information.
July 12, 2007   05:38 PM PDT
That is my Xilinx FPGA evaluation board. To find out more read "FPGA design from scratch"
July 10, 2007   11:12 AM PDT
Nice Setup..... I'm planning to buy one of these displays with mac mini soon. Currently I have Macbook pro 17" 2.33 GHz.

BTW.... what that chip with white cable is for?

Great website & keep up.

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