New Horizons

Welcome to my blog

My name is Sven Andersson and I
work as a consultant in embedded
system design, implemented in ASIC
and FPGA.
In my spare time I write this blog
and I hope it will inspire others to
learn more about this fantastic field.
I live in Stockholm Sweden and have
my own company


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New Horizons
What's new
Starting a blog
Writing a blog
Using an RSS reader

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
Running NFS servers
VirtualBox seamless mode
Mounting guest file system using sshfs
PetaLinux. Setting up a web server
PetaLinux. Using cgi scripts
PetaLinux. Web enabled application
Convert from VirtualBox to VMware
Running Linaro Ubuntu on ZedBoard
Running Android on ZedBoard
Lab2. Booting from SD card and SPI flash
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
Using Vivado 2014.2
Upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04
Using Petalinux 2014.2
Booting from SD card and SPI flash
Booting Petalinux 2014.2 from SD card

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

The New York City Marathon

Kittelfjall Lappland

Tour skating in Sweden and around the world
Wild skating
Tour day
Safety equipment
A look at the equipment you need
Skate maintenance
Books, photos, films and videos
Weather forecasts

38000 feet above see level
A trip to Spain
Florida the sunshine state

Photo Albums
Seaside Florida
Ronda Spain
Sevilla Spain
Cordoba Spain
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
FPGA Central
FPGA developer
FPGA Journal
FPGA World
Lesley Shannon Courses
Mac 2 Ubuntu
Programmable Logic DesignLine
World of ASIC

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Zynq design from scratch. Part 37.
Convert a virtual machine from VirtualBox to VMware

Some of you may prefer VMware instead of VirtualBox. I have already installed VMware Fusion on my Mac. You PC users can use VMware Workstation or VMware Player. Instead of setting up our virtual machine from scratch we will try to convert the VirtualBox VM to run in VMware. Will it work? Let's see.

Open Virtualization Format (OVF)

VirtualBox and VMware use different virtual machine formats, but each supports the standard Open Virtualization Format. Convert our existing virtual machine to OVF or OVA and you’ll be able to import it into another virtual machine program.

Unfortunately, this may not always work perfectly, as VirtualBox and VMware both seem to use slightly different OVA/OVF implementations that aren’t entirely compatible. If this doesn’t work, we may want to reinstall our virtual machine’s guest operating system from scratch.

VirtualBox to VMware

Before migrating a virtual machine from VirtualBox to VMware, ensure it’s “powered off” in VirtualBox and not suspended. If it’s suspended, launch the virtual machine and shut it down.

1. Click the File menu in VirtualBox and select Export Appliance. We will export the Ubuntu 64bit VM.

2. Select settings. We will keep the defaults.

3. Don't touch.

4. Click Export to start the conversion. This may take some time, depending on the size of our virtual machine’s disk file.

5. Here is the result.

Import the OVA file in VMware

6. Start VMware and select Import from the File menu.

7. Click "Choose File" and browse to our OVA file. Click Continue and specify where to store the imported and converted VMware virtual machine (Ubuntu 64bit.vmwarevm).

8. Click "Save" to start the import. VirtualBox and VMware aren’t perfectly compatible, so we’ll probably receive a warning message saying the the file “did not pass OVF specification performance” �" but if we click Retry, the virtual machine should import and function properly.

9. The import starts.

10. When the import has finished we can start our virtual machine.

11. Uninstall VirtualBox guest additions.

->sudo /opt/VBoxGuestAdditions-4.3.10/

Install VMware Tools

12. Select "Install VMware Tools" from the Virtual Machine menu.

13. Copy the file VMwareTools-9.6.1-1378637.tar.gz to a temporary directory.

14. Unzip and untar

15. Execute the perl script from the vmware-tools-distrib directory.

->sudo ./

16. Restart the virtual machine to enable the full screen view.

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