Embedded Design

Embedded Design with Petalinux SDK

Course Description

Provides embedded systems developers with experience in creating an embedded Linux system targeting a Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC processor development board using PetaLinux Tools.

The course provides experience with: 

  • Building the environment and booting the system using a Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC with PetaLinux Tools on the ARM® Cortex™-A53 processor

  • Using open-source embedded Linux components

  • Configuring the Linux environment and network components

  • Debugging embedded Linux platforms

The primary focus is on embedded Linux development in conjunction with the Xilinx tool flow.


Embedded Software 4


2 days

Who Should Attend

Embedded software developers interested in customizing the PetaLinux kernel on an ARM processor design for a Xilinx Zynq All Programmable SoC or Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC

Course Prerequisites

Software Tools

  • Vivado® Design System Edition 2019.1

  • PetaLinux Tools 2019.1

  • Xilinx SDK Tool 2019.1


  • Architecture: Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC

  • Demo board: ZedBoard or Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104*

Skills Gained

After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the necessary skills to:

  • Explain what an embedded Linux kernel is

  • Describe the Linux device driver architecture

  • Create a PetaLinux project to configure and build an image using PetaLinux tools

  • Create a working ARM Cortex-A9 or Cortex-A53 Processor Linux system using the Vivado Design Suite and PetaLinux tools

  • List various hardware interfacing options available for the ARM Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A53 Processor

  • Build custom hardware cores and device drivers using the user space I/O (UIO) framework

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Embedded Linux - Introduces embedded Linux, including a brief architectural overview, as well as some of the reasons for its rising popularity as an embedded OS. {Lecture} 

  • Embedded Linux Components - Describes the various components required for embedded Linux platforms and how the components affect the booting of Linux on these platforms. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Introduction to the PetaLinux Tools - Describes the PetaLinux tools and their requirements. {Lecture}

  • PetaLinux Tools Workflow - Provides a brief description of the PetaLinux tools workflow. {Lecture}

  • Basics of the PetaLinux Tools - Describes in detail various PetaLinux commands and their example use cases. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Application Development and Debugging - Introduces core concepts for developing, running, and debugging software applications in an embedded Linux environment. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Customizing rootfs - Provides a brief description on customizing the rootfs for embedded Linux. {Lecture}

  • Networking and TCP/IP - Discusses how the TCP/IP networking stack can be used to improve productivity during embedded product development. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Linux Device Drivers Overview - Provides a brief overview on Linux device drivers and how to use them for custom hardware. {Lecture}

  • User Space I/O and Loadable Kernel Modules - Introduces two lightweight approaches for accessing the physical memory of devices from user space: direct access through the dev/mem virtual device and the user space I/O framework. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Board Bring Up with the Vivado Design Suite and PetaLinux Tools - Describes the complete board bring-up process, which includes the hardware design as well as Linux image creation for the hardware {Lecture, Lab}

  • PetaLinux Image Booting Methods - Describes how to boot the PetaLinux image via QEMU, SD card, JTAG, and TFTP. {Lecture}

  • Configuring the rootfs Type - Reviews various rootfs types (INITRD, INITRAMFS, NFS, JFFS2, and SD card) and how to configure a PetaLinux project to boot the PetaLinux image with the selected rootfs. {Lecture}

  • Custom Hardware Development - Describes the Package IP Wizard and how it can be used to create a variety of architectural o ptions for interfacing a system with custom processing hardware. {Lecture, Lab}

  • Custom Driver Development - Discusses device driver options to match custom hardware devices and how to use the provided interfaces to read and write to the devices. {Lecture, Lab}



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