Embedded Systems Software Design


Course Description


Level: EMB SW 3
Course Duration: 2 days
Price: $1600 or 16 Xilinx Training Credits
Course Part Number: EMBD-SW
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 / modifying scripts, user applications, and boot loader operation 

Software Tools

  •  Vitis unified software platform 2019.2
  • Vivado Design or System Edition 2019.2


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 the Zynq UltraScale+
MPSoC architectures. Check with your local Authorized Training
Provider for the specifics of the in-class lab board or other
customizations. 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: ▪ 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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Scheduled Embedded Courses

Zynq SoC System Architecture
July 20 - July 21: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
* This course focuses on the Zynq-7000 SoC. Check with your local Authorized Training Provider for...

Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design Suite 2
July 23 - July 24: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
This course shows you how to build an effective FPGA design using synchronous design techniques,...

(Workshop) Embedded & Accelerating Applications w/Vitis Unified Software
August 14 : 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
After completing this comprehensive training, you will have thenecessary skills to: ▪ Implement...

Designing FPGAs Using the Vivado Design Suite 3
August 18 - August 19: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
This course demonstrated timing closure techniques, such are baselining, pipelining,synchronization...

Embedded System Software Development
August 20 - August 21: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
This course introduces the concepts, tools, and techniques required for software design and...

Migrating to Vitis Embedded Software Development IDE
October 07 : 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
After completing this comprehensive training, you will have thenecessary skills to:▪ Develop and...

Alternative Dates and Locations

Faster Technology is able to deliver both private classes at client sites and also public classes at alternate locations and dates.  If there are no currently scheduled classes listed above or if none of the classes are convenient, please tell us what dates and locations will meet your needs.  No obligation necessary.