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Xilinx - Embedded Systems Software Design

Embedded Systems Training

Embedded Systems Hardware and Software Design is conveniently offered by Doulos as a single 3 day course, which combines the Embedded Systems Design, and Embedded Systems Software Design training.

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Embedded Systems Software Design

Training Duration: 2 days

Course Description

This course introduces the concepts, tools, and techniques required for software design and development for the Zynq® System on a Chip (SoC) and Zynq UltraScale+™ MPSoC using the Vitis™ unified software platform.

The focus is on:

  • Reviewing the basics of Vitis tool use
  • Customizing board support packages (BSPs) for resource access and management of the Xilinx Standalone library
  • Utilizing device drivers effectively
  • Developing software applications for the ARM® Cortex™-A9 processors
  • Debugging and integrating user applications
  • Employing best practices to enable good design decisions

Please note, hardware design concepts and procedures are not covered in this course, so Doulos recommends Embedded Systems Hardware and Software Design which combines appropriate Hardware and Software Design training in a 3-day course.

Who Should Attend?
Software design engineers interested in system design and implementation and software application development and debugging using the Xilinx Standalone library
  • C or C++ programming experience, including general debugging techniques
  • Conceptual understanding of embedded processing systems including device drivers, interrupt routines, writing and modifying scripts, user applications and boot loader operation
Software Tools
  • Vitis unified software platform 2020.1
  • Vivado® Design or System Edition 2020.1
  • Architectures: Zynq-7000 SoC (Cortex-A9 processor), and Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (Cortex-A53 and Cortex-R5 processor)*
  • Demo board: Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104 board*


* This course focuses on the Zynq-7000 SoC and C and the Zynq UltraScale+
MPSoC architectures. Please contact Doulos for the specifics of the in-class lab board or other customizations.
Skills Gained
After completing this comprehensive training, you will know how to:
  • Implement an effective software design environment for a Xilinx embedded system using the Xilinx software development tools
  • Write a basic user application (under Standalone or Linux) using the Vitis unified software platform and run it on an embedded system
  • Use Xilinx debugger tools to troubleshoot user applications
  • Apply software techniques to improve operability
  • Maintain and update software projects with changing hardware
Course Outline

Day 1

  • Overview of Embedded Software Development
    Overview of the process for building a user application. {Lecture}
  • Embedded UltraFast Design Methodology
    Outlines the different elements that comprise the Embedded Design Methodology. {Lecture, Demo}
  • Zynq-7000 SoC Architecture Overview
    Overview of the Zynq-7000 SoC architecture. {Lecture, Lab, Demo}
  • Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Architecture Overview
    Overview of the Zynq UltraScale+™ MPSoC architecture. {Lecture, Lab, Demo}
  • Driving the Vitis Software Development Tool
    Introduces the basic behaviors required to drive the Vitis tool to generate a debuggable C/C++ application. {Lecture, Lab, Demo}
  • System Debugger
    Describes the basics of actually running a debugger and illustrates the most commonly used debugging commands. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Standalone Software Platform Development and Coding Support
    Covers the various software components, or layers, supplied by Xilinx that aid in the creation of low-level software and includes a discussion on drivers, domains, operating systems, and libraries. Also covers the basic services (libraries) available when coding in the Standalone environment. {Lecture, Lab, Demo}
  • FAT File System for Standalone
    Introduces the FAT file system (FFS) from the Standalone/Bare-metal library. The FFS provides drivers and utilities for effectively converting a region of memory into a file system. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Using Linker Scripts
    Overview of the purpose and typical use of a linker script. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Migrating from SDK to the Vitis Platform
    Overview of migrating existing Xilinx SDK projects to Vitis software development projects. {Lecture, Demo}
  • Introduction to Interrupts
    Introduces the concept of interrupts, basic terminology, and generic implementation. {Lecture}
  • Software Interrupts: Writing
    Describes many of the considerations that a software coder must take into account when supporting interrupts. {Lecture, Lab}


Day 2

  • Operating Systems: Introduction and Concepts
    Introduces the concept of the operating system and provides a simplified view into the generic way that operating systems work. {Lecture}
  • Linux: A High-Level Introduction
    Introduces the Linux operating system, a brief history, and how to use it. {Lecture}
  • Linux Software Application Development Overview
    Highlights important parts of the underlying Linux system as it pertains to applications. {Lecture, Lab, Demo}
  • Driving the PetaLinux Tool
    Introduces the basic concepts required to build an application using the PetaLinux tool. {Lab}
  • Building a Linux Application in the Vitis IDE
    Provides an introduction to using the Xilinx Vitis IDE tool for Linux software development. {Lecture, Demo}
  • Booting Overview
    Describes the main points to how booting a processor is handled for Zynq SoC devices and MicroBlaze processors. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Software Profiling Overview
    Introduces the purpose and techniques for profiling a user application. {Lecture, Lab, Demo}
  • Understanding Device Drivers
    Explains the concept of a device driver and how it is used by embedded systems. {Lecture, Demo}
  • Custom Device Drivers
    Describes how to successfully write a custom device driver. {Lecture, Lab}

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