Embedded Design with PetaLinux Tools Spec Sheet  

Course Description

Provides embedded systems developers with experience in creating an embedded Linux system targeting a Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC or Zynq System on a Chip (SoC) processor development board using PetaLinux Tools. The course provides experience with: 

▪ Building the environment and booting the system using a Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC or Zynq SoC with PetaLinux Tools on the ARM® Cortex™-A53 or Cortex-A9 processor 
▪ Using open-source embedded Linux components ▪ Configuring the Linux environment and network components
 ▪ Debugging embedded Linux platforms The primary focus is on embedded Linux development in conjunction with the Xilinx tool flow.


Level: Embedded Software 4 
Course Duration: 2 days
Price: $1600 or 16 Xilinx Training Credits
Course Part Number: EMBD-HW-ILT 
Who Should Attend?: Embedded software developers interested in customizing the PetaLinux kernel on an ARM processor design for a Xilinx Zynq All Programmable SoC or Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC .
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  • Essentials of FPGA Design (introductory FPGA design course) 
  • Embedded Systems Software Development course (software development for FPGA embedded systems course) 

Software Tools

  • PetaLinux Tools 2019.1
  • Xilinx SDK Tool 2019.1
  • Vivado® System Edition 2019.1


  • Architecture: Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC 
  • Demo board: Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104

* This course focuses on the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC. Check with your local Authorized Training Provider for the specifics of the in-class lab board or other customizations. 

After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the necessary skills to: 

▪ Explain what an embedded Linux kernel is 

▪ Describe the Linux device driver architecture 

▪ Create a PetaLinux project to configure and build an image using PetaLinux tools 

▪ Create a working ARM Cortex-A53 or Cortex-A9 processor Linux system using the Vivado Design Suite and PetaLinux tools 

▪ List various hardware interfacing options available for the ARM Cortex-A53 processor 

▪ Build custom hardware cores and device drivers using the user space I/O (UIO) framework 

Course Outline

Day 1

Introduction to Embedded Linux
introduces embedded Linux, including a brief architectural
overview, as well as some of the reasons for its rising popularity
as an embedded OS. {Lecture}
Embedded Linux Components
Describes the various components required for embedded Linux
platforms and how the components affect the booting of Linux on
these platforms. {Lecture, Lab}
Introduction to the PetaLinux Tools
Describes the PetaLinux tools and their requirements. {Lecture}
PetaLinux Tools Workflow
Provides a brief description of the PetaLinux tools workflow.
Basics of the PetaLinux Tools
Describes in detail various PetaLinux commands and their
example use cases. {Lecture, Lab}
Application Development and Debugging
Introduces core concepts for developing, running, and debugging
software applications in an embedded Linux environment.
{Lecture, Lab}
▪ Customizing rootfs
Provides a brief description on customizing the rootfs for
embedded Linux. {Lecture}
Networking and TCP/IP
Discusses how the TCP/IP networking stack can be used to
improve productivity during embedded product development.
{Lecture, Lab}

Day 2

Linux Device Drivers Overview
Provides a brief overview on Linux device drivers and how to use
them for custom hardware. {Lecture}
User Space I/O and Loadable Kernel Modules
Introduces two lightweight approaches for accessing the physical
memory of devices from user space: direct access through the
dev/mem virtual device and the user space I/O framework.
{Lecture, Lab}
Board Bring Up with the Vivado Design Suite and PetaLinux

Describes the complete board bring-up process, which includes
the hardware design as well as Linux image creation for the
hardware {Lecture, Lab}
PetaLinux Image Booting Methods
Describes how to boot the PetaLinux image via QEMU, SD card,
JTAG, and TFTP. {Lecture}
Configuring the rootfs Type
Reviews various rootfs types (INITRD, INITRAMFS, NFS, JFFS2,
and SD card) and how to configure a PetaLinux project to boot
the PetaLinux image with the selected rootfs. {Lecture}
Custom Hardware Development
Describes the Package IP Wizard and how it can be used to
create a variety of architectural options for interfacing a system
with custom processing hardware. {Lecture, Lab}
Custom Driver Development
Discusses device driver options to match custom hardware
devices and how to use the provided interfaces to read and write
to the devices. {Lecture, Lab}

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