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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
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Starting a blog
Writing a blog
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Zynq Design From Scratch
www.zynqfromscratch.com
Started February 2014
Introduction
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

Chipotle Verification System
Introduction

Four soft-core processors
Started January 2012

Xilinx FPGA Design
New start August 2011
Problems, fixes and solutions
FPGA design from scratch. Part 51
FPGA design from scratch. Part 52
FPGA design from scratch. Part 53
FPGA design from scratch. Part 54
FPGA design from scratch. Part 55
FPGA design from scratch. Part 56
FPGA design from scratch. Part 57
FPGA design from scratch. Part 58
FPGA design from scratch. Part 59
FPGA design from scratch. Part 60
Using the Spartan-6 LX9 MicroBoard
Table of contents
FPGA design from scratch. Part 61
FPGA design from scratch. Part 62
FPGA design from scratch. Part 63
FPGA design from scratch. Part 64
FPGA design from scratch. Part 65
FPGA design from scratch. Part 66
FPGA design from scratch. Part 67
FPGA design from scratch. Part 68
FPGA design from scratch. Part 69
FPGA design from scratch. Part 70
FPGA design from scratch. Part 71
FPGA design from scratch. Part 72
FPGA design from scratch. Part 73
FPGA design from scratch. Part 74
FPGA design from scratch. Part 75
FPGA design from scratch. Part 76
FPGA design from scratch. Part 77
FPGA design from scratch. Part 78
FPGA design from scratch. Part 79
FPGA design from scratch. Part 80
FPGA design from scratch. Part 81
FPGA design from scratch. Part 82
FPGA design from scratch. Part 83
FPGA design from scratch. Part 84
FPGA design from scratch. Part 85
FPGA design from scratch. Part 86
FPGA design from scratch. Part 87
FPGA design from scratch. Part 88
FPGA design from scratch. Part 89
FPGA design from scratch. Part 90
FPGA design from scratch. Part 91
Started December 2006
Table of contents
Index
FPGA design from scratch. Part 1
FPGA design from scratch. Part 2
FPGA design from scratch. Part 3
FPGA design from scratch. Part 4
FPGA design from scratch. Part 5
FPGA design from scratch. Part 6
FPGA design from scratch. Part 7
FPGA design from scratch. Part 8
FPGA design from scratch. Part 9
FPGA design from scratch. Part 10
FPGA design from scratch. Part 11
FPGA design from scratch. Part 12
FPGA design from scratch. Part 13
FPGA design from scratch. Part 14
FPGA design from scratch. Part 15
FPGA design from scratch. Part 16
FPGA design from scratch. Part 17
FPGA design from scratch. Part 18
FPGA design from scratch. Part 19
FPGA design from scratch. Part 20
FPGA design from scratch. Part 21
FPGA design from scratch. Part 22
FPGA design from scratch. Part 23
FPGA design from scratch. Part 24
FPGA design from scratch. Part 25
FPGA design from scratch. Part 26
FPGA design from scratch. Part 27
FPGA design from scratch. Part 28
FPGA design from scratch. Part 29
FPGA design from scratch. Part 30
FPGA design from scratch. Part 31
FPGA design from scratch. Part 32
FPGA design from scratch. Part 33
FPGA design from scratch. Part 34
FPGA design from scratch. Part 35
FPGA design from scratch. Part 36
FPGA design from scratch. Part 37
FPGA design from scratch. Part 38
FPGA design from scratch. Part 39
FPGA design from scratch. Part 40
FPGA design from scratch. Part 41
FPGA design from scratch. Part 42
FPGA design from scratch. Part 43
FPGA design from scratch. Part 44
FPGA design from scratch. Part 45
FPGA design from scratch. Part 46
FPGA design from scratch. Part 47
FPGA design from scratch. Part 48
FPGA design from scratch. Part 49
FPGA design from scratch. Part 50
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
CAD
A hardware designer's best friend
Zoo Design Platform
Linux
Installing Cobra Command Tool
A processor benchmark
Mac
Porting a Unix program to Mac OS X
Fixing a HyperTerminal in Mac OS X
A dream come true
Running
The New York City Marathon
Skiing/Skating
Kittelfjäll Lappland
Tour skating in Sweden and around the world
Top
Introduction
SSSK
Wild skating
Tour day
Safety equipment
A look at the equipment you need
Skate maintenance
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Travel
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Photo Albums
Seaside Florida
Ronda Spain
Sevilla Spain
Cordoba Spain
Alhambra Spain
Kittelfjäll Lapland
Landsort Art Walk
Skating on thin ice

Books
100 Power Tips for FPGA Designers

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Friday, November 10, 2006
A dream come true
I always dreamed of being able to use my Mac for all my computer tasks both at home and at work. I am an ASIC designer and in my job I use many different CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs. These programs used to run only on big Unix workstations from SUN and HP. But with Linux growing more and more popular they now can run on almost any PC, equipped with a X86 processor.

I bought my first
Apple
computer in 1993, a Macintosh LC III. It had a 32MHz 68030 CPU and 4MB of RAM.

It was a great machine. I used it for everything, playing games like Pacman and Tetris, writing all my documents and organizing the house association. To find out more about the Apple and Macintosh history go to
Low End Mac
or EveryMac.com.









My next Mac was a Performa 5400/180. It was introduced 1996 and had a PowerPC 603e running at 180MHz. It had 16MB of RAM and a 1.6 GB hard drive.









My third Mac was a PowerBook G3/400 codenamed Lombard. It had a PowerPC 750 (G3) processor running at 400MHz and was equipped with  64MB of RAM and  a 6 GB hard drive.






My fourth Mac was a PowerBook G4 1.67. It was introduced in 2005 and had a PowerPC 7447a (G4) running at 1.67 GHz. It had 512MB of RAM and 80GB hard drive.







My fifth Mac is the one I am using today and the one that has given me the possibility to use it for all my computing needs both at home and at work. It is a MacBook Core Duo featuring a 2.0 GHz Intel processor (T2400) with two independent processor cores on a single chip. I had it customized with 1GB of RAM and a 80GB hard drive. It uses the same processor as many PCs are using and lets me install and run  Windows XP and any Linux version I like.



My current setup looks like this. It consists of a MacBook Core Duo with a bluetooth keyboard from Apple  and a bluetooth mouse BT500 from RadTech. The display is a 23-inch Cinema display from Apple. When I leave home I just unplug the display grab the MacBook and have access to Mac OS X, Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux wherever I  go.
 
Posted at 10:36 by svenand

Wii Modding
November 22, 2010   11:12 AM PST
 
My fifth Mac is the one I am using today and the one that has given me the possibility to use it for all my computing needs both at home and at work. It is a MacBook Core Duo featuring a 2.0 GHz Intel processor (T2400) with two independent processor cores on a single chip. I had it customized with 1GB of RAM and a 80GB hard drive. It uses the same processor as many PCs are using and lets me install and run Windows XP and any Linux version I like.
gaansan
December 12, 2009   11:47 AM PST
 
I just made it to Mac (Hack) I'm a long timer from early DOS to Vista but now
peace at last OSX... fantastic but still I ned XP for a few Apps like
Autocad and ArchiCAD and now ISE so far no problem 3D works smooth
I run XP with Parallels Desktop (I prefer PD than fusion) and runs fast and better 3D.
I own Nexys2 & Avnet Spartan 3A an could seamless communicate (program) via USB, I also bought A Xilinx USB DLC-09 JTAC cable but still to test(just got this morning).
My Hack
Zotac gf 9300 ITX 4GB Ram CPU C2D E8500 Snow Leopard vanilla install.

I heard this: who needs Windows in a World without walls? I'm absolutely enthusiastic about OSX...
:-)
svenand
March 23, 2009   10:43 PM PDT
 
I have used VMware and Ubuntu Linux for running Xilinx ISE and XPS software. You can find out more by reading the "FPGA design from scratch" story. The programming via JTAG was the biggest hurdle. See part 25 for more information.
Edgardo
March 16, 2009   07:07 AM PDT
 
Hello,
i used to be a Mac User a long time ago (when the iMac came to life). in 2004 i had to switch back to Pc due to my studies/job. Since 2007 i have been working a little with Xilinx FPGAs (mostly spartan 3 with simple IP-Cores).
Now that macs are intel-based, and Parallels and Fusion seems to be working fine, i was considering going back to the sweetest platform i have ever used.
I wonder how is ISE working on your mac. I know ISE is a Resource Hog. It can easily consume all CPU and Memory when it starts syntethizing and mapping.
Im also looking foward to use a Virtex II Pro with Microblaze, so i wonder if the Synthesys takes to long.

I was planning to buy a Mac Mini, and max out the ram (4GB). Are you using VMWare fusion or parallels? have you tried both? which one do you think is better.

At last but not at least... i use an Avnet Spartan 3E kit , and Xilinx XUP kit. Both use a Cypress USB chip to do the programming. I have to use a 3rd party app to program the system flash or the fpga via jtag.
What are you using to download your designs to the kit? does it work right out of the box with windows?

Great blog.
svenand
July 12, 2007   05:38 PM PDT
 
That is my Xilinx FPGA evaluation board. To find out more read "FPGA design from scratch"
MacPie
July 10, 2007   11:12 AM PDT
 
Nice Setup..... I'm planning to buy one of these displays with mac mini soon. Currently I have Macbook pro 17" 2.33 GHz.

BTW.... what that chip with white cable is for?

Great website & keep up.
 

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