Embedded System

Comprehensive Xilinx embedded system using microblaze

Course Description

This course is designed to bring FPGA designers up to speed on developing embedded systems using the Vivado Design Suite. The features and capabilities of 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 using bus functional model (BFM) simulation.  You will learn the concepts, tools, and techniques required for the software phase of the design cycle.

Topics are comprehensive, covering the basics of SDK tool use, customization of the board support packages (BSPs) for resource access and management of the Xilinx Standalone library. Major topics include device driver use, user application debugging and integration.


3 days

Course Prerequisite

  • HDL (VHDL/Verilog) development experience

  • Understanding of Xilinx Vivado Tool

Course Outline

Day 1

Overview of Embedded HW Development

Overview of the embedded hardware development flow.

Driving Vivado IPI Tools

Describes how to access and effectively use the IPI tool.

Overview of Embedded Software Development

Reviews the process of building a user application.

Driving Xilinx SDK

Introduces the basic behaviors required to drive the SDK tool to generate a debug-able C/C++ application.

AXI Interconnects for Xilinx Embedded System

Describes the differences and similarities among the three primary AXI variations. Describes different types of AXI transactions.


Introduction to Interrupt

Introduces the concept of interrupts, basic terminology, and generic implementation. Reviews the hardware that is typically available to help implement and manage interrupts


Connecting AXI IP

Describes the relationships between different types of AXI interfaces and how they can be connected to form hierarchies.


Creating AXI compatible IP

Explains how to use the Create and Import Wizard to create and package an AXI IP.

AXI Verification Method

Describes how to perform BFM simulation using the Verification IP.

Day 2

MicroBlaze Architecture

Overview of the MicroBlaze microprocessor architecture.


MicroBlaze Block RAM usage

Highlights how block RAM can be used with the MicroBlaze processor.


System Debugger

Describes the basics of actually running a debugger and illustrates the most commonly used debugging command


Standalone Software Platform Development

Covers the various software components, or layers, supplied by Xilinx that aid in the creation of low-level software.


C Coding Support for Standalone

Reviews the basic services (libraries) available when coding in the Standalone environment.


Memory File System

Introduces the memory file system (MFS) from the Standalone library, which provides drivers and utilities for effectively converting a region of memory into a file system.


Using Linker Scripts

Overview of the purpose and typical use of a linker script.


Interrupts: Software Considerations

Describes many of the considerations that a software coder must take into account when supporting interrupts.

Day 3

Introduction to Linux OS and Applications

Introduces the concept of the operating system and provides a simplified view into the generic way that operating systems work.  Introduces the Linux operating system, a brief history, and how to use it.


Booting Overview

Describes the main points to how booting a processor is handled for Zynq SoC devices and MicroBlaze processors.


Profiling Overview

Introduces the purpose and techniques for profiling a user application.


Understanding Device Drivers

Explains the concept of a device driver and how it is used by embedded systems.


Custom Device Drivers

Describes how to successfully write a custom device driver.



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