Embedded System Software Design 


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
What's New for 2021.1
▪ All labs have been updated to the latest software versions

Level: EMB SW 3
Course Duration: 2 day
Price: $1600 or 16 Xilinx Training Credits
Course Part Number: EMBD-SW-ILT
Who Should Attend?: Software design engineers interested in system design and implementation and software application development and debugging using the Xilinx Standalone library.
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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 2021.1
  • Vivado® Design or System Edition 2021.1


  Architectures: Zynq-7000 SoC (Cortex-A9 processor), and Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (Cortex-A53 and Cortex-R5 processor)
▪ Demo board: Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104 or Versal™ ACAP VCK190 board




* This course focuses on the Zynq-7000 SoC and the Zynq UltraScale+
MPSoC architectures. Check with your local Authorized Training
Provider for the specifics of the in-class lab board or other

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


  • Implement an effective software design environment for a Xilinx embedded system using the Xilinx SDK tools 
  • Write a basic user application (under Standalone or Linux) using the Xilinx Software Development Kit (SDK) and run it on an embedded system platform 
  • 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}


 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.
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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