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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
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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
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
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38000 feet above see level
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100 Power Tips for FPGA Designers

Adventures in ASIC
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d9 Tech Blog
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Eli's tech Blog
FPGA Arcade
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Thursday, April 26, 2007
FPGA design from scratch. Part 22
Using the XPS Software Development Kit

It is time to start writing some small programs to be used in our simulations. We will use the
Platform Studio Software Devlopment Kit (SDK) to help us out with this task.

The Platform Studio Software Development Kit (SDK) was designed to facilitate the development of embedded software application projects. SDK has its own GUI and is based on the
Eclipse open-source tool suite. The Platform Studio SDK is a complementary program to XPS; that is, from SDK, you can develop the software that the peripherals and processor(s) elements connected in XPS use.

You must create an SDK project for each software application. The project directory contains your C/C++ source files, executable output file, and associated utility files, such as the make files used to build the project. Each SDK project directory is typically located under the XPS project directory tree for the embedded system that the application targets. Each SDK project produces just one executable file, <project_name>.elf. Therefore, you may have more than one SDK project targeting a single XPS embedded system.

Software development flow

(Courtesy of Xilinx)
GNU Compiler Collection

The GNU Compiler Collection (usually shortened to GCC) is a set of programming language compilers produced by the GNU Project.

Executable and Linkage Format file

In computing, the Executable and Linking Format (ELF, formerly called Extensible Linking Format) is a common standard file format for executables, object code, shared libraries, and core dumps

Missing gmake

Warning, on a Debian/Ubuntu machine, you will not have a binary called gmake, but "make" is already "gmake". You need to add a proper symlink: sudo ln -s /usr/bin/make /usr/bin/gmake

Running SDK

We will start SDK from inside the Xilinx Platform Studio. Read the EDK Concepts, Tools, and Techniques Chapter 6, The Software Platform and SDK for more information on how to write embedded software applications. To start SDK directly from  the terminal use the command: xps_sdk &

==> xps &

Before we start SDK let's take a look at the software platform settings. From the Software menu select Software Platform Settings.

Starting SDK

From the Software menu select Launch Platform Studio SDK to open SDK.

Let's read the Getting started with the Xilinx Platform Studio SDK
before we continue. To display the guide in your web browser click the Getting Started in the Welcome window. We will launch the Application Wizard to help us setup our first software project.

Xilinx Tools->Launch Application Wizard and select Import XPS Application Projects.

Click Next.

Mark the application TestApp_Memory and click Finish.

Creating a new C application project

We give the project a name and then click Finish.

The wizard starts working and after a few seconds the result is displayed. We are ready to write out first c-program.

A new directory called SDK_projects has been created with two projects in it.

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Posted at 14:21 by svenand

June 1, 2009   06:43 PM PDT
the hell that was the point!!

--> sudo ln -s /usr/bin/make /usr/bin/gmake <--

Tusen takk


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