Embedded Systems Design


Learn general embedded concepts, tools, and techniques using the Vivado® Design Suite and Vitis™ unified software platform.
The emphasis is on:
▪ Designing, expanding, and modifying embedded systems utilizing the features and capabilities of the Zynq® System on a Chip (SoC), Zynq UltraScale+™ MPSoC, or MicroBlaze™ soft processor
▪ Adding and simulating AXI-based peripherals using bus functional model (BFM) simulation.

What's New for 2021.2
▪ All labs have been updated to the latest software versions


Level – Embedded Hardware 3
Course Details
▪ 2 days ILT
▪ 17 lectures
▪ 8 labs
▪ 6 ILT demos
Price – $1600 or 16 credits
Course Part Number – EMBD-HW
Who Should Attend? – Engineers who are interested in developing
embedded systems with the Xilinx Zynq SoC, Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC,
and/or MicroBlaze soft processor core
▪ FPGA design experience
▪ Completion of the Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design
Suite 1 course or equivalent knowledge of Xilinx Vivado software implementation tools
▪ Basic understanding of C programming
▪ Basic understanding of microprocessors
▪ Some HDL modeling experience
Software Tools
▪ Vivado Design Suite 2021.2
▪ Vitis unified software platform 2021.2
▪ Architectures: Zynq-7000 SoC (Cortex™-A9 processor), Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (Cortex-A53 and Cortex-R5 processors), and MicroBlaze processor*
▪ Demo board: Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104 or Versal® ACAP VCK190 board*

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

  • Describe the various tools that encompass a Xilinx embedded design 
  • Rapidly architect an embedded system containing a CortexA9/A53/R5 or MicroBlaze processor using the Vivado IP integrator and Customization Wizard 
  • Develop software applications utilizing the Eclipse-based Software Development Kit (SDK) 
  • Create and integrate an IP-based processing system component in the Vivado Design Suite 
  • Design and add a custom AXI interface-based peripheral to the embedded processing system 
  • Simulate a custom AXI interface-based peripheral using VIP

Course Outline 2021.2

Day 1

 Embedded UltraFast Design Methodology
Outlines the different elements that comprise the Embedded
Design Methodology. {Lecture, Demo}
▪ Overview of Embedded Hardware Development
Overview of the embedded hardware development flow. {Lecture,Demo}
Driving the IP Integrator Tool
Describes how to access and effectively use the IPI tool. {Lecture,Lab}
Overview of Embedded Software Development
Reviews the process of building a user application. {Lecture}
▪ Driving the SDK Tool
Introduces the basic behaviors required to drive the SDK tool to generate a debuggable C/C++ application. {Lecture, Lab}
AXI: Introduction
Introduces the AXI protocol. {Lecture}
AXI: Variations
Describes the differences and similarities among the three primary AXI variations. {Lecture}
▪ AXI: Transactions
Describes different types of AXI transactions. {Lecture, Lab,Demo}
Introduction to Interrupts
Introduces the concept of interrupts, basic terminology, and generic implementation. {Lecture}
Interrupts: Hardware Architecture and Support
Reviews the hardware that is typically available to help implement and manage interrupts. {Lecture}

 Day 2

AXI: Connecting AXI IP
Describes the relationships between different types of AXI interfaces and how they can be connected to form hierarchies.
{Lecture, Demo}
Creating a New AXI IP with the Wizard
Explains how to use the Create and Import Wizard to create and package an AXI IP. {Lecture, Lab}
▪ AXI: BFM Simulation Using Verification IP
Describes how to perform BFM simulation using the Verification IP. {Lecture, Lab}
MicroBlaze Processor Architecture Overview
Overview of the MicroBlaze microprocessor architecture. {Lecture, Lab}
MicroBlaze Processor Block Memory Usage
Highlights how block RAM can be used with the MicroBlaze processor. {Lecture}
▪ Zynq-7000 SoC Architecture Overview
Overview of the Zynq-7000 SoC architecture. {Lecture, Demo,Lab}
▪ Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Architecture Overview
Overview of the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC architecture. {Lecture,Demo, Lab} 

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