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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Posted at 10:44 by svenand
|Henry Choi |
September 6, 2014 10:54 PM PDT
Hi Sven, I just installed and ran Vivado and SDK on Ubuntu 64 bit for the first time (have been running on Windows 7 till now; but now going through the Ubuntu on Zynq tutorial). When I fired up SDK (xsdk, after changing .bashrc to source the SDK's settings64.sh), SDK did NOT like the Vivado webpack license I loaded in the license manager. I had load the Zedboard ISE license (which works for ISE on Windows too--I dual boot) to appease xsdk. I don't see where I went off your recommendations, but if I didn't make a mistake, your claim "this is the first time we have access to the complete Xilinx design flow for unlimited time at no cost" would not be entirely true...
August 26, 2014 09:28 AM PDT
changes made by Pedro is important to install Vivado on ubuntu
August 22, 2014 12:39 PM PDT
Thank again for the great tutorial!
I switched my laptop to a new lenovo y50-70 with UHD screen. Now the Vivado UI has extremely small text and icons. It is basically so small that I cannot read it. I installed the kubuntu-desktop on ubuntu and got everything else looking good except the vivado UI.
Do you know any way to scale up the menu text and icons in vivado?
August 21, 2014 08:41 AM PDT
Part 45 shows how to setup the licensing in Vivado 2014.1
|Dave W |
August 20, 2014 10:55 PM PDT
Xilinx no longer provides the Certificate based license for the Vivado WebPack. They only provide an Activation license which is not supported for Virtual Machines.
If anyone has a workaround for this, please let me know...
August 9, 2014 09:28 PM PDT
For CentOS 7 you need to revert the biosnames naming convention for the ethernet adaptors. You need to do this so the licensing manager can find your ethernet adaptor. It only knows how to find eth* adaptors. Add the following to your kernel boot args in grub `biosdevname=0 net.ifnames=0`.
July 11, 2014 05:19 PM PDT
To install Vivado on Ubuntu or Debian derivatives I find that it is necessary to edit the xsetup script.
I change the first line from
For convenience I create a couple of scripts in my home directory.
~/vivado_setup contains this
then sdk_setup contains
I find it easier to control compilation using vivado in tcl mode.
vivado -mode tcl
or you can run the Vivado IDE
June 20, 2014 07:44 PM PDT
I will install Vivado 2014.2 and Petalinux 2014.2 and write about my findings.
|Daniel Wisehart |
June 20, 2014 07:04 PM PDT
I send a lot of people your way, Andersson, for questions about Xilinx tools and Ubuntu. Many thanks for what you have done.
Would you consider updating this page to show 2014.2 Vivado? The install process has changed (again), and is probably easier, but it has some twists that will interest people.