Embedded Systems Design

Course Description

Learn general embedded concepts, tools, and techniques using the Vivado Design Suite.
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



Embedded Hardware 3

Course Duration

2 days


Engineers who are interested in developing embedded systems with the Xilinx Zynq® All Programmable SoC or MicroBlaze soft processor core using the Embedded Development Kit.


  • FPGA design experience
  • Completion of the Essentials of FPGA Design 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 or System Edition 2021.1
  • Vitis unified software platform 2021.1


  • Architectures: Zynq-7000 SoC (Cortex™-A9 processor), Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (Cortex-A53 and Cortex-R5 processors), and MicroBlaze processor*
  • Demo board: Zynq UltraScale+ ZCU104 board*

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

Skills Gained

After completing this comprehensive training, you will know how to:

  • Describe the various tools that encompass a Xilinx embedded design
  • Rapidly architect an embedded system containing a Cortex-A9/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 a bus functional model (BFM)

Course Outline

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 Vitis Software Tool – Introduces the basic behaviors required to drive the Vitis 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 blockRAM 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}


01 november 2021 - 02 november 2021

Cereslaan 24
5384 VT

€ 0,00
20 Xilinx Training Credits

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