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


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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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Monday, November 20, 2006
Installing Ubuntu Linux on a MacBook
Now when we have the hardware in place lets go through the process of installing the software we need. The first thing we have to install is the virtualization software that enables us to run multiple operating systems on top of Mac OS X. There are several offers but I have choosen Parallels Desktop from Parallels Inc.
  1. Order the program and download it from Parallels download page.
  2. Installing Parallels is no different than installing any other OS X program that uses an installer. Double-click the installer, follow the prompts, and wait for it to finish. After installation, you'll find the program in the Parallels folder in the Applications folder. Behind the scenes, Parallels has installed quite a few things on your machine, including a kernel extension (a low-level tool that modifies the core of OS X) to enable its magic.
  3. The next step is selecting the Linux distribution we would like to use. All CAD vendors  tell us they only support RedHat Enterprise Rel 3 or 4 but that doesn't stop us from using our favorite Linux distribution. I will use Ubuntu 6.10. Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. It is developed by a large community of developers and its small size (it fits on one CD) makes it perfect for our usage.
  4. Download the CD image (ubuntu-6.10-desktop-i386.iso) from the Ubuntu download page.
  5. The file is 700MB so try to find a high-speed connection.
  6. Start Parallels Desktop and click the "New VM" button. Click the Next button in the window displayed. The next window will look like this. Select "Create a typical VM" and click the next button.

  7. Select the guest OS to be used. Set guest OS type to  Linux and guest OS  version to Debian Linux and click the next button.


  8. The Configuration Editor window will be displayed. In this window you can change the configuration of the virtual machine. Select the CD/DVD-ROM setup to specify the image file to be read during installation. Select "Use image file" and enter the full image file name  .../ubuntu-6.10-desktop-i386.iso. You may also want to change the size of the memory from 256 MB to 512 MB if you have at least 1 GB installed in your Mac. If you need more than 8 GB hard disk you should also change the "Hard Disk" setup. When finished click "OK".

  9. Start the virtual machine by clicking the green triangle. The installation will now start and in a few minutes the Ubuntu installation startup window will be displayed.  Double-click the install icon to continue the installation. Then there a is six step process to define the default language, the time zone, the keyboard layout, username and password and to prepare the disk (erase all). From when you click the install button the whole installation will take less than 15 minutes.

  10. After the installation has finished you must restart the virtual machine. Before restarting, edit the setup and change CD/DVD-ROM back to default. The Ubuntu Linux will start and you are ready to login.
  11. For adding Parallels Tools see this tutorial.

If this didn't help here is an even better 
installation guide.

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