Embedded Systems Design

DEPRECATED COURSE: This course is older and no longer offered with our regular course list. It is only available as a private class.

Please contact the BLT Training Team to schedule a private class.

This course is designed to bring FPGA designers up to speed on developing embedded systems using the Vivado Design Suite. The features and capabilities of both the Zynq® All Programmable System on a Chip (SoC) and the MicroBlaze® soft processor are covered in lectures, demonstrations, and labs, along with general embedded concepts, tools, and techniques. The hands-on labs provide students with experience designing, expanding, and modifying an embedded system, including adding and simulating a custom AXI-based peripheral using bus functional model (BFM) simulation.

The Xilinx Zynq® All Programmable SoC enables a new level of system design capabilities over previous embedded technologies and this is highlighted throughout the course.

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 MicroBlaze® or Cortex®-A9 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.
  • Overview of Embedded Hardware Development
    Overview of the embedded hardware development flow.
  • Driving the IP Integrator Tool
    Describes how to access and effectively use the IPI tool.
  • Overview of Embedded Software Development
    Reviews the process of building a user application.
  • Driving the SDK Tool
    Introduces the basic behaviors required to drive the SDK tool to generate a debuggable C/C++ application.
  • AXI: Introduction
    Introduces the AXI protocol.
  • AXI: Variations
    Describes the differences and similarities among the three primary AXI variations.
  • AXI: Transactions
    Describes different types of AXI transactions.
  • Introduction to Interrupts
    Introduces the concept of interrupts, basic terminology, and generic implementation.
  • Interrupts: Hardware Architecture and Support
    Reviews the hardware that is typically available to help implement and manage interrupts.

Day 2

  • AXI: Connecting AXI IP
    Describes the relationships between different types of AXI interfaces and how they can be connected to form hierarchies.
  • Using the Create and Import Wizard to Create a New AXI IP
    Explains how to use the Create and Import Wizard to create and package an AXI IP.
  • AXI: BFM Simulation Using Verification IP
    Describes how to perform BFM simulation using the Verification IP.
  • MicroBlaze® Processor Architecture Overview
    Overview of the MicroBlaze® microprocessor architecture.
  • MicroBlaze® Processor Block Memory Usage
    Highlights how block RAM can be used with the MicroBlaze® processor.
  • Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC Architecture Overview
    Overview of the Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC architecture.
  • Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoC Architecture Overview
    Overview of the Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoC architecture.


Training Duration:

2 Days

Who should attend:

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 Vivado Boot Camp: Basic Training course or equivalent knowledge of Xilinx Vivado software implementation tools
  • Basic understanding of C programming
  • Basic understanding of microprocessors
  • Some HDL modeling experience

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