Embedded Design with PetaLinux Tools

This intermediate-level, two-day course provides embedded systems developers with experience in creating an embedded Linux system targeting a Zynq® All Programmable System on a Chip (SoC) processor and Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoC processor development board using PetaLinux Tools. The course offers students hands-on experience with building the environment and booting the system using a Zynq® All Programmable SoC or Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoC design with PetaLinux Tools on the ARM Cortex®-A9 or Cortex®-A53 processor.

This course also introduces embedded Linux components, use of open-source components, environment configurations, network components, and debugging options for embedded Linux platforms. The primary focus is on embedded Linux development in conjunction with the Xilinx tool flow.

Skills Gained

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

  • Explain what an embedded Linux kernel is
  • Describe the Linux device driver architecture
  • Create a PetaLinux project to configure and build an image using PetaLinux tools
  • Create a working ARM Cortex®-A9 or Cortex®-A53 Processor Linux system using the Vivado Design Suite and PetaLinux tools
  • List various hardware interfacing options available for the ARM Cortex®-A9 and Cortex®-A53 Processor
  • Build custom hardware cores and device drivers using the user space I/O (UIO) framework

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Embedded Linux Overview
  • LAB: A First Look
    Log in to the ARM processor Linux system and make comparisons between the embedded Linux and desktop Linux environments.
  • Introduction to the PetaLinux Tools
  • LAB: Build and Boot an Image
    Explore the Linux configuration menus and build the ARM processor Linux kernel and applications. Download the resulting system image to the development board.
  • Application Development and Debugging
  • LAB: Application Development and Debugging
    Create a simple user application with PetaLinux Tools and debug the application with System Debugger.
  • Networking and TCP/IP
  • LAB: Networking and TCP/IP
    Explore the kernel configuration menu. Log in to the ARM processor Linux system by using telnet. Transfer files to and from Linux by using FTP. Build and experiment with web-based applications under Linux.
  • Device Drivers, User Space I/O, and Loadable Kernel Modules
  • LAB: Accessing Hardware Devices from User Space
    Access a hardware device directly from user space. Use the UIO framework to access a hardware device. Experience loading and unloading kernel modules.

Day 2

  • Board Bring Up with the Vivado Design Suite and PetaLinux Tools
  • LAB: Basic Hardware Design with the Vivado Design Suite and PetaLinux Tools
    Use the Vivado IP integrator (IPI) to create a basic hardware design with the ARM Cortex®-A9 or ARM Cortex®-A53 processor. Use PetaLinux Tools to create a new embedded Linux target for the hardware design.
  • Custom Hardware Development and Interfacing
  • LAB: Custom Hardware Development
    Design a customized IP core. Integrate the IP core with the AXI interface and debug.
  • Custom Driver Development
  • LAB: Custom Driver Development
    Write a UIO program to access the PWM AXI IP core. Boot from Flash and verify it on the target board.

Scheduled Classes

Instructor-led Web Based Training
3/15/2021 – 3/16/2021

Education Investment Options

Standard Registration
Standard Registration
20 Training Credits
Advanced Registration
Advanced Registration
18 Training Credits
Basic Follow-on Coaching
Comprehensive Follow-on Coaching

  • To qualify for the Advanced Registration Price, full payment must be received 21 days prior to the first day of class.
  • Basic follow-on coaching includes 2 hours (max 2 calls)
  • Comprehensive follow-on coaching includes 10 hours (max 5 calls)
  • Follow-on Coaching must be purchased at time of registration.


Training Duration:

2 Days

Who should attend:

Embedded software developers interested in customizing the PetaLinux kernel on an ARM processor design for a Xilinx Zynq® All Programmable SoC.


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