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HX5 AMD Zynq All Programmable SoC: Hardware and Software Design

This course explains how to design a System on Chip (SoC) based on the AMD Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC

  • Describing how to build a complete Embedded System based on the Zynq (Processing System with an ARM Cortex-A9MP Core + FPGA)
  • Describing the Zynq Implementation, the Vivado IP Integrator tool and the Software Development Kit (SDK) tools to create a hardware platform and the software to program it
  • Working with AMD (Xilinx) tools like Chipscope and the SDK Remote Debugging to debug the Software and the Hardware
  • Booting the Linux Kernel on the platform and Executing Linux OS based Applications
  • Creating a User IP and the corresponding Linux Driver and integrating it to the System
  • Basic knowledge on processor and FPGA technology
  • Knowledge of VHDL and C languages
  • Theoretical course
    • PDF course material (in English) supplemented by a printed version for face-to-face courses.
    • Online courses are dispensed using the Teams video-conferencing system.
    • The trainer answers trainees' questions during the training and provide technical and pedagogical assistance.
  • Practical activities
    • Practical activities represent from 40% to 50% of course duration.
    • Code examples, exercises and solutions
    • For remote trainings:
      • One Online Linux PC per trainee for the practical activities.
      • The trainer has access to trainees' Online PCs for technical and pedagogical assistance.
      • QEMU Emulated board or physical board connected to the online PC (depending on the course).
      • Some Labs may be completed between sessions and are checked by the trainer on the next session.
    • For face-to-face trainings:
      • One PC (Linux ou Windows) for the practical activities with, if appropriate, a target board.
      • One PC for two trainees when there are more than 6 trainees.
    • For onsite trainings:
      • An installation and test manual is provided to allow preinstallation of the needed software.
      • The trainer come with target boards if needed during the practical activities (and bring them back at the end of the course).
  • Downloadable preconfigured virtual machine for post-course practical activities
  • At the start of each session the trainer will interact with the trainees to ensure the course fits their expectations and correct if needed
  • Any embedded systems engineer or technician with the above prerequisites.
  • The prerequisites indicated above are assessed before the training by the technical supervision of the traineein his company, or by the trainee himself in the exceptional case of an individual trainee.
  • Trainee progress is assessed in two different ways, depending on the course:
    • For courses lending themselves to practical exercises, the results of the exercises are checked by the trainer while, if necessary, helping trainees to carry them out by providing additional details.
    • Quizzes are offered at the end of sections that do not include practical exercises to verifythat the trainees have assimilated the points presented
  • At the end of the training, each trainee receives a certificate attesting that they have successfully completed the course.
    • In the event of a problem, discovered during the course, due to a lack of prerequisites by the trainee a different or additional training is offered to them, generally to reinforce their prerequisites,in agreement with their company manager if applicable.

Course Outline

  • Processing System
  • Programmable Logic
  • Interfacing and signals
  • Interconnects
  • Memory
  • Interrupts
  • Tools Introduction :
    • Vivado Design Suite
    • SDK
  • Development Flow Introduction
    • Hardware Development
    • Software Development
    • Verification (Simulation and Debug)
    • Downloading the bitstream
Exercise:  Creating the Hardware and the Software to send strings on a serial port
  • Adding an existing IP (from the AMD Xilinx Library) to the design
  • Dealing with interrupts
  • Developing with SDK
  • Debugging with SDK
  • Software profiling
Exercise:  Enhancing the previous Platform (Adding Interrupt Controller, GPIO, RAM)
Exercise:  Developing the software dealing with interrupts
  • Introduction to Chipscope Pro
  • Implementing an AXI monitor into the design to analyze AXI4-Lite Bus transactions
  • Retrieving the on-chip signals waveforms using Chipscope Pro Analyzer
  • Clarifying trigger conditions
Exercise:  Connecting a Chipscope Analyzer to the AXI bus
  • The linux kernel
  • Linux booting, boot Methods
  • Linux OS based application software
Exercise:  Linux Booting through different methods
Exercise:  Debugging a Linux application using SDK Remote profiling
  • Integrating the AXI CDMA
  • Standalone Application
  • Linus OS based Application
Exercise:  Running a Standalone CDMA Application
Exercise:  Running a Linux CDMA Application
  • Creating a Peripheral IP
  • Importing the Peripheral
  • Linux Base Device Driver Development
  • Loading Module into running kernel
  • Application execution
Exercise:  Creating our own Intellectual Property and Device Driver for Linux OS; and executing the application