Zynq design from scratch. Part 7.
Vivado Design SuiteThe Vivado Design Suite provides a highly integrated design environment (IDE) with a completely new generation of system-to-IC level tools, all built on the backbone of a shared scalable data model and a common debug environment. It is also an open environment based on industry standards such as the AMBA4 AXI4 interconnect specification, IP-XACT IP packaging metadata, the Tool Command Language (Tcl), Synopsys Design Constraints (SDC) and others that facilitate design flows tailored to the user’s needs. Xilinx architected Vivado tools to enable the combination of all types of programmable technologies and scale up to 100-million-ASIC equivalent gate designs.
The Software Development Kit (SDK) is the Xilinx Integrated Design Environment for creating embedded applications on any of Xilinx' microprocessors from Zynq™-7000 All Programmable SoCs, to the industry-leading MicroBlaze™. SDK is the first application IDE to deliver true homogenous and heterogenous multi-processor design and debug.
The Vivado Design Suite WebPACK™ Edition is the FREE version of the Vivado design suite. Vivado WebPACK delivers instant access to some basic Vivado features and functionality at no cost. Here is a description of the different Vivado editions Xilinx has to offer. I think we will be fine with the free WebPACK.
We can find all the documentation on the Xilinx support page. The first thing to read is the "Vivado Design Suite User Guide Getting Started". For more information see the following documents:
- Vivado Design User Guide: Embedded Processor Hardware Design (UG898)
- Vivado Design Suite Tutorial: Embedded Hardware Design (UG940)
- Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Designing IP Subsystems Using IP Integrator (UG994)
- Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Using the Vivado IDE (UG893)
Before we can download anything from the Xilinx web page we have to register and create an account.
After registering we are ready to sign in to the Xilinx download page.
They only way to get the SDK is to use the "All OS Vivado and SDK Full Installer" (6.81GB).
Click Save File to save this file in the Downloads directory.
Unpacking the tar file
Use the following commands to unpack the downloaded tar file:
tar xfv Xilinx_Vivado_SDK_2013.4_1210_1.tar
The result from the unpacking is stored in a temporary directory named Xilinx_Vivado_SDK_2013.4_1210_1. This directory can be deleted after the installation has finished.
Before starting the installer we have to decide where to install the software. The default directory is /opt/Xilinx. We create the Xilinx directory uisng this command:
sudo mkdir /opt/Xilinx
Now we can start the installer.
Click Next and accept the license agreements.
We will install Vivado WebPACK + SDK.
We will not install any cable drivers and we will fix the license file later on.
Select destination directory. The installation will take up almost 15GB.
The installation will complete within 30 minutes.
Here is the result.
When finished, we have Vivado installed and we are ready to run but first we must install a license file.
Installing a license file
Even though Vivado WebPACK is free software at no cost, we have to install a license file to be able to run the synthesis and implemenation software. Let's go to the Xilinx licensing site. After signing in we end up on this page.
Here are the different licenses we can generate.
We mark the Vivado Design Suite WebPACK tick box and click Generate Node-Locked License.
We don't have to provide any hostid our hostname. Just click Next.
The license was generated successfully.
To download the license file click the download symbol (arrow down).
Copy the downloaded file (Xilinx.lic) to the directory $HOME/.Xilinx
Great news, this is the first time we have access to the complete Xilinx design flow for unlimited time at no cost.
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