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Zynq Design From Scratch
Started February 2014
Changes and updates
Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC
ZedBoard and other boards
Computer platform and VirtualBox
Installing Ubuntu
Fixing Ubuntu
Installing Vivado
Starting Vivado
Using Vivado
Lab 1. Create a Zynq project
Lab 1. Build a hardware platform
Lab 1. Create a software application
Lab 1. Connect to ZedBoard
Lab 1. Run a software application
Lab 1. Benchmarking ARM Cortex-A9
Lab 2. Adding a GPIO peripheral
Lab 2. Create a custom HDL module
Lab 2. Connect package pins and implement
Lab 2. Create a software application and configure the PL
Lab 2. Debugging a software application
Running Linux from SD card
Installing PetaLinux
Booting PetaLinux
Connect to ZedBoad via ethernet
Rebuilding the PetaLinux kernel image
Running a DHCP server on the host
Running a TFTP server on the host
PetaLinux boot via U-boot
PetaLinux application development
Fixing the host computer
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PetaLinux. Setting up a web server
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PetaLinux. Web enabled application
Convert from VirtualBox to VMware
Running Linaro Ubuntu on ZedBoard
Running Android on ZedBoard
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Lab2. PetaLinux board bringup
Lab2. Writing userspace IO device driver
Lab2. Hardware debugging
MicroZed quick start
Installing Vivado 2014.1
Lab3. Adding push buttons to our Zynq system
Lab3. Adding an interrupt service routine
Installing Ubuntu 14.04
Installing Vivado and Petalinux 2014.2

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Zynq design from scratch. Part 12.
Create a Hello World application

In this experiment we will use Xilinx SDK to create a simple Hello World program. Here is a video we can look at before we start.

Let's start SDK.

xsdk &

Xilinx SDK stores our project setup in a folder called a workspace (not the same as the design data directory). We can put the workspace wherever we like. I put it in the project directory. Next time we start SDK it will start up with same setup as the last session.

The SDK window is empty. It knows nothing about our hardware project.

Generate a new board support package project

From the File menu select New and the Board Support Package.

1. File->New->Board Support Package

We have to connect SDK to our Vivado hardware project. This window will popup and ask us to specify our hardware platform.

We will find the target hardware specification (system.xml) in the directory:

Click Finish.

2. Accept the default settings for the standalone BSP and click Finish.

3. The Board Support Package Settings window opens with Overview selected. No changes will be made to the BSP settings. None of the supported libraries are needed for this experiment. Click standalone.

4. Note that the stdin and stdout are automatically set to the ps7_uart_1 peripheral, which is correct. Click OK to acceprt the defaults and close the dialog.

5. Based on the default settings in the SDK, the BSP will automatically be built once added to the project. This takes a minute to compile. The new BSP, standalone_bsp_0 is now visable in the Project Explorer. Expand standalone_bsp_0 to view its content.

Generate a new application project

6. Select File->New->Application Project

7. Type HelloWorld as the project name and select Use Existing under Board Support Package. Since there is only one BSP in the project, the standalone_bsp_0 is automatically selected. Click Next.

8. Select Hello World to be used as an template and click Finish.

9. Notice that the HelloWorld application is now visable in the Project Explorer. By default SDK will build the application automatically after it is added.

We now have a hardware platform and program to run. It is time to connect the ZedBoard and load and run the Hello World program. That will be the subject of the next blog session.

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Posted at 13:57 by svenand

August 21, 2014   03:02 PM PDT
This is described in part 6 (Fixing Ubuntu).
Dave W
August 20, 2014   01:43 AM PDT
I got an error when I clicked Finish for that Board Support Package related to GMAKE. The solution is here:

The following command needs to be run:
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/make /usr/bin/gmake

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