Introduction to the Zynq SoC Architecture


Course Description

This course provides hardware and firmware engineers with the knowledge to effectively utilize a Zynq® System on a Chip (SoC). It covers the architecture of the ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor-based processing system (PS) and the integration of programmable logic (PL). The course details the individual components that comprise the PS: I/O peripherals, timers, caching, DMA, interrupt, and memory controllers. Emphasis is placed on effective access and usage of the PS DDR controller from PL user logic, efficient PL-to-PS interfacing, and design techniques, tradeoffs, and advantages of implementing functions in the PS or the PL. 

Level: Embedded Hardware and Firmware 3
Course Duration: 1 day
Price: $800 or 8 Xilinx Training Credits
Course Part Number: INTRO-ZARCH
Who Should Attend?: Hardware and firmware engineers who are interested in implementing a system on a chip using the Zynq SoC and programmable logic.
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  • FPGA design experience
  • Completion of the Essentials of FPGA Design course or equivalent knowledge of Xilinx ISE® software implementation tools
  • Basic understanding of C programming
  • Basic understanding of microprocessors
  • Some HDL modeling experience

Software Tools

  • Xilinx® Design Suite: Embedded or System Edition 2018.1


  • Architecture: Zynq-7000 SoC*
  • Demo board: Zynq-7000 SoC ZC702 or Zed board*

* This course focuses on the Zynq-7000 SoC. Contact us for the specifics of the in-class lab board or other customizations.

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

  • Describe the architecture and components that comprise the Zynq SoC processing system (PS)
  • Evaluate a processing system (PS) and programmable logic (PL) AXI interface
  • Identify the configuration options for the Zynq SoC

Course Outline

  • Overview {Lecture, Demo}
  • Application Processor Unit (APU) {Lecture, Lab}
  • Processor Input/Output Peripherals {Lecture, Demo}
  • PS-PL Interface {Lecture, Demo, Lab}
  • Booting {Lecture, Lab}
  • Memory Resources {Lecture, Demo}

Topic Descriptions

  • Overview – Provides a general overview of the Zynq SoC.
  • Application Processor Unit (APU) – Explores the individual
    components that comprise the APU.
  • Processor Input/Output Peripherals – Introduces the components
    that comprise the IOP block of the Zynq device PS.
  • PS-PL Interface – Describes in detail the PS interconnect and
    how it affects PL architecture decisions.
  • Booting – Explains the boot process of the PC and configuration
    of the PL.
  • Memory Resources – Explains the operation of the on-chip
    (OCM) memory and various memory controllers located in the PS

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