Dev Board Quick References

Dev Board Quick References
In my work I have to use a lot of different FPGA and SoC dev boards, and when I switch from one to another it’s always a pain because I can never remember the little details like “What are the DIP settings to set the boot mode to SD card?" and “Where is the DIP switch for that?". So my crutch for this has been to keep a little text file for each dev board containing the little useful details like: [Read More]

Board bring-up: MYIR MYD-Y7Z010 Dev board

In this tutorial video, I bring-up the 3x Gigabit Ethernet ports on the MYD-Y7Z010 Development board from MYIR. Firstly, I create a Vivado design for this board, then I export it into the SDK and generate the echo server application for each of the 3 ports (note that the echo server application only supports one port at a time). At the end of the video, I test each of these designs on hardware and ensure that the ports are given an IP address via DHCP and that I can ping the port. [Read More]
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PetaLinux for Artix-7 Arty Base Project

In the final part of the Arty base project tutorial, we build a PetaLinux project that’s tailored to our Arty base design. Then we boot PetaLinux on our hardware and verify that we have network connectivity by checking the Arty’s DHCP assigned IP address and then pinging it from a PC. Tools used I used the following setup to do this project: Vivado 2017.3 on a Windows 10 machine PetaLinux 2017. [Read More]

Artix-7 Arty Base Project

Here’s a base project for the Arty board based on the Artix-7 FPGA. The Arty is a nice little dev board because it’s low cost ($99 USD) but it’s still got enough power and connectivity to make it very useful. I really like the fact that the JTAG and UART are both accessed through the same USB connector, so I only need to connect one USB cable. [Read More]

Getting Started with the MYIR Z-turn

In this video I create a simple Vivado design for the MYIR Z-turn Zynq SoM and we run a hello world application on it, followed by the lwIP echo server. We connect the Z-turn to a network, then we use “ping” and “telnet” to test the echo server from a PC that is connected to the same network. If you want to try it out yourself, download the SD card boot files here: [Read More]
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FPGA Drive Board Bring-up

FPGA Drive Board Bring-up
Bring-up of the first FPGA Drive with the Kintex-7 KC705 Evaluation board went nice and smoothly today. In the photo below you’ll see the KC705 and FPGA Drive adapter which is loaded with a Samsung V-NAND 950 Pro. The solid-state drive is an M.2 form factor, NVM Express, 4-lane PCI Express drive with 256GB of storage. A little intro to NVM Express. NVM Express or NVMe is an interfacing specification for accessing SSDs over a PCI Express bus. [Read More]
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Creating a Base System for the Zynq in Vivado

Creating a Base System for the Zynq in Vivado
Tutorial Overview In the ISE/EDK tools, we’d use the Base System Builder to generate a base project for a particular hardware platform. Now with Vivado, the process is a little different but we have more control in how things are setup and we still benefit from some powerful automation features. In this tutorial we’ll create a base design for the Zynq in Vivado and we’ll use the MicroZed board as the hardware platform. [Read More]

Create an application using the Xilinx SDK

In the previous tutorial titled Creating a project using Base System Builder, we used Xilinx Platform Studio (EDK) to create a hardware design (bitstream) for the Zynq SoC. In this tutorial, we will complete the design by writing a software application to run on the ARM processor which is embedded in the Zynq SoC. Using the Xilinx SDK, we’ll create a simple application that will send the words “hello world” out of the serial port and into your PC serial console. [Read More]
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Creating a project using the Base System Builder

I know I’ve gone through the Base System Builder many times before but I’m writing a few more advanced tutorials for version 14.7 and they all need a starting point. So in this post we will use the handy Base System Builder of the Xilinx Platform Studio (EDK) to put together a simple project for the ZC706 evaluation board. Requirements You will need the following : Xilinx ISE Design Suite 14. [Read More]

Creating a project using the Base System Builder

What am I learning here? In this post we’ll look at using the Base System Builder in EDK version 13.1. Specifically you’ll learn: How to create an EDK project with the Base System Builder How to add a software application to an EDK project How to implement and test your design Requirements You will need the following : One ML505/ML506/ML507 or XUPV5 board (or actually any board supported by Xilinx). [Read More]