Embedded Systems 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

    Vitis Unified Software Platform


    Embedded Software 3

    Course Duration

    2 days


    Software design engineers interested in system design and implementation and software application development and debugging using the Xilinx Standalone library.


    • 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

    • Vivado® Design or System Edition 2020.1
    • Vitis unified software platform


    • Architectures: Zynq-7000 SoC (Cortex-A9 processor), Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (Cortex-A53 and Cortex-R5 processor), and MicroBlaze 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.

    Skills Gained

    After completing this comprehensive training, you will know how 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 andillustrates 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 ScriptsOverview 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 genericimplementation. {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 ntroduces 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 OverviewHighlights 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}


07 oktober 2020 - 08 oktober 2020

On Request

Online or Heesch

€ 1.650,00
20 Xilinx Training Credits

Training brochure



€ 1.650,00