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My name is Sven Andersson and I
work as a consultant in embedded
system design, implemented in ASIC
and FPGA.
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learn more about this fantastic field.
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New Horizons
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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
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A look at the equipment you need
Skate maintenance
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38000 feet above see level
A trip to Spain
Florida the sunshine state

Photo Albums
Seaside Florida
Ronda Spain
Sevilla Spain
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Alhambra Spain
Kittelfjäll 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
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Thursday, February 06, 2014
Zynq design from scratch. Part 3.

ZedBoard is a low-cost development board for the Xilinx Zynq™-7000 All Programmable SoC (AP SoC). This board contains everything necessary to create a Linux, Android, Windows® or other OS/RTOS based design. Additionally, several expansion connectors expose the processing system and programmable logic I/Os for easy user access. is a community-based site dedicated to the promotion and support of ZedBoard development kit and MicroZed development board. Based on the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC , ZedBoard and MicroZed provide an excellent starting point for both hardware and software designers interested in exploring the many uses of the Zynq-7000.


We find the documentation here.

ZedBoard layout

ZedBoard jumper settings

ZedBoard video

Here is a video introducing the ZedBoard.

High resolution images

Here are some high resolution images of the ZedBoard made by Eli Billauer and published on his "my tech blog".

Other Zynq boards

Jeff Johnson at fpgadeveloper has put together a very nice comparison of several Zynq development boards, SOMs, and a motherboard. Take a look here.


MicroZed™ is a low-cost development board based on the Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC. Its unique design allows it to be used as both a stand-alone evaluation board for basic SoC experimentation, or combined with a carrier card as an embeddable system-on-module (SOM). MicroZed contains two I/O headers that provide connection to two I/O banks on the programmable logic (PL) side of the Zynq®-7000 AP SoC device. In stand-alone mode, these 100 PL I/O are inactive. When plugged into a carrier card, the I/O are accessible in a manner defined by the carrier card design.


All the documentation can be found at the website.

Xilinx ZC702 Evaluation Kit

The Zynq®-7000 AP SoC ZC702 Evaluation Kit includes all the basic components of hardware, design tools, IP, and pre-verified reference designs including a targeted design, enabling a complete embedded processing platform. The included pre-verified reference designs and industry-standard FPGA Mezzanine Connectors (FMC) allow scaling and customization with daughter cards. More Xilinx Zynq-7000 kits.

Zybo Zynq-7000 development board

The ZYBO (Zynq Board) is a feature-rich, ready-to-use, entry-level embedded software and digital circuit development platform built around the smallest member of the Xilinx Zynq-7000 family, the Z-7010. When coupled with the rich set of multimedia and connectivity peripherals available on the ZYBO, the Zynq Z-7010 can host a whole system design. The on-board memories, video and audio I/O, dual-role USB, Ethernet and SD slot will have your design up-and-ready with no additional hardware needed. Additionally, six Pmod connectors are available to put any design on an easy growth path.

Enclustra Mars PM3 evaluation kit

Enclustra’s PM3 base board is an ideal platform to evaluate the Cypress EZ-USB® FX3™ controller working in USB 3.0 device mode. The Mars PM3 USB 3.0 Quick-Start Kit includes a Mars family FPGA module that is assembled on the Mars PM3 base board. Communication between the FPGA and FX3 is implemented using a 32-bit slave FIFO interface, running at 100 MHz. The Mars PM3 USB 3.0 Quick-Start Kit comes with the necessary host PC software, FX3 and FPGA firmware to implement FPGA to host (upstream) data rates up to 360 MBytes/sec and host to FPGA (downstream) data rates up to 250 MBytes/sec.

Zynq-7000 SoC modules

Enclustra Mars ZX3

The Mars ZX3 system-on-chip (SoC) module combines Xilinx's Zynq-7020 All Programmable SoC device with fast DDR3 SDRAM, NAND flash, quad SPI flash, a Gigabit Ethernet PHY and an RTC and thus forms a complete and powerful embedded processing system. The SO-DIMM form factor allows space-saving hardware designs as well as quick and simple integration of the module into the target application.

Red Pitaya

Red Pitaya is offering an open-source measurement board and a whole ecosystem to enable people to learn, create, develop, and share ideas. Founded by four young engineers with experience in high-performance instrumentation for particle accelerators, the company aims to offer a stripped-down instrument with high-performance measurement and communication functionality compatible with your smartphone, tablet, or PC.

The credit-card-sized, reconfigurable open-source measurement board performs signal processing on an onboard Xilinx Zynq SoC, which contains two processor cores to host additional software.

Parallella platform

The Parallella platform is an open source, energy efficient, high performance, credit-card sized computer based on the Epiphany multicore chips developed by Adapteva. This affordable platform is designed for developing and implementing high performance, parallel processing applications developed to take advantage of the on-board Epiphany chip. The Epiphany 16 or 64 core chips consists of a scalable array of simple RISC processors programmable in C/C++ connected together with a fast on chip network within a single shared memory architecture.

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Posted at 17:23 by svenand

September 14, 2014   06:13 PM PDT
nice description

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