Xilinx

Embedded Systems

Embedded System Development

Course Description

This course, available in-person or online, is designed to bring FPGA designers up to speed on developing embedded systems using the Vivado Design Suite. The features and capabilities of both the Zynq System on a Chip (SoC), Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, and the MicroBlaze soft processor are covered in lectures, demonstrations, and labs, along with general embedded concepts, tools, and techniques.

 

The hands-on labs provide students with experience designing, expanding, and modifying an embedded system, including adding and simulating a custom AXI-based peripheral.

The Xilinx Zynq families enable a new level of system design capabilities over previous embedded technologies, which is highlighted throughout the course.

Partners 

Upcoming Program

TechSource Systems is the Sole Distributor and Authorised Training Partner of Mathworks Products

Level

Embedded Hardware 3 

Duration

2 Days

Who Should Attend

Engineers who are interested in developing embedded systems with the Xilinx Zynq SoC, Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, and/or MicroBlaze soft processor core

Course Prerequisites

  • FPGA design experience

  • Completion of the Essentials of FPGA Design course or equivalent knowledge of Xilinx Vivado ® software implementation tools

  • Basic understanding of C programming

  • Basic understanding of microprocessors

  • Some HDL modeling experience

Software Tools

  • Vivado Design or System Edition 2018.1

Hardware

  • Architectures: Zynq-7000 SoC (Cortex-A9 processor), Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (Cortex-A53 and Cortex-R5 processors), and MicroBlaze processor

  • Demo board: Zynq-7000 SoC ZC702 or ZedBoard*

Skills Gained

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

  • Describe the various tools that encompass a Xilinx embedded design

  • Rapidly architect an embedded system containing a Cortex-A9/A53/R5 or MicroBlaze processor using the Vivado IP integrator and Customization Wizard

  • Develop software applications utilizing the Eclipse-based Software Development Kit (SDK)

  • Create and integrate an IP-based processing system component in the Vivado Design Suite

  • Design and add a custom AXI interface-based peripheral to the embedded processing system

  • Simulate a custom AXI interface-based peripheral using verification IP (VIP)

Course Outline

  • Embedded UltraFast Design Methodology {Lecture, Demo}

  • Overview of Embedded Hardware Development {Lecture, Demo}

  • Driving the IP Integrator Tool {Lecture, Lab}

  • Overview of Embedded Software Development {Lecture}

  • Driving the SDK Tool {Lecture, Lab}

  • AXI: Introduction {Lecture}

  • AXI: Variations {Lecture}

  • AXI: Transactions {Lecture, Lab, Demo}

  • Introduction to Interrupts {Lecture}

  • Interrupts: Hardware Architecture and Support {Lecture}

  • AXI: Connecting AXI IP {Lecture, Demo}

  • Creating a New AXI IP with the Wizard {Lecture, Lab}

  • AXI: BFM Simulation Using Verification IP (Lecture, Lab}

  • MicroBlaze Processor Architecture Overview {Lecture, Lab}

  • MicroBlaze Processor Block Memory Usage {Lecture}

  • Zynq-7000 SoC Architecture Overview {Lecture, Lab, Demo}

  • Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Architecture Overview {Lecture, Lab, Demo}

Topic Descriptions

  • Embedded UltraFast Design Methodology – Outlines the different elements that comprise the Embedded Design Methodology.

  • Overview of Embedded Hardware Development – Overview of the embedded hardware development flow.

  • Driving the IP Integrator Tool – Describes how to access and effectively use the IPI tool.

  • Overview of Embedded Software Development – Reviews the process of building a user application.

  • Driving the SDK Tool – Introduces the basic behaviors required to drive the SDK tool to generate a debuggable C/C++ application.

  • AXI: Introduction – Introduces the AXI protocol.

  • AXI: Variations – Describes the differences and similarities among the three primary AXI variations.

  • AXI: Transactions – Describes different types of AXI transactions.

  • Introduction to Interrupts – Introduces the concept of interrupts, basic terminology, and generic implementation.

  • Interrupts: Hardware Architecture and Support – Reviews the hardware that is typically available to help implement and manage interrupts.

  • AXI: Connecting AXI IP – Describes the relationships between different types of AXI interfaces and how they can be connected to form hierarchies.

  • Using the Create and Import Wizard to Create a New AXI IP – Explains how to use the Create and Import Wizard to create and package an AXI IP.

  • AXI: BFM Simulation Using Verification IP – Describes how to perform BFM simulation using the Verification IP.

  • MicroBlaze Processor Architecture Overview – Overview of the MicroBlaze microprocessor architecture.

  • MicroBlaze Processor Block Memory Usage – Highlights how block RAM can be used with the MicroBlaze processor.

  • Zynq-7000 SoC Architecture Overview – Overview of the Zynq-7000 SoC architecture.

  • Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Architecture Overview – Overview of the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC architecture.

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