Getting Started Guide for Xilinx Zynq 7000 ZedBoard

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This guide is meant to be used as a reference on how to start using RidgeRun's SDK over AVNet/Digilent Xilinx Zynq 7000 ZedBoard hardware. The first section of this guide shows some general guidelines on how to work with our SDK as well including some very basic procedures that need to be execute before installing / trying to build RidgeRun's SDK (for example setting up a TFTP and NFS server or installing Xilinx ISE tools). Later on, the second section contains instructions about how to configure the SDK to a create a SD card with all the key software components (bootloader, kernel and file system) needed to boot all the way to Linux's shell in the evaluation board.

Please take notice that in the following sections it is assumed that the user has already downloaded and installed Xilinx Vivado ISE Design Suite in the development machine, this is remarkably important since these tools also include the toolchain required to cross-compile the SDK. For this guide, Vivado Design Suite 2012 and ISE Design Suite 14.4 was used; it might be the case that the developer has acquired a more recent hardware revision board with a newer set of tools, in case problems arise for this reason please do not hesitate to contact RidgeRun for further asistance.

Board features

  • Zynq 7000 All Programmable SoC XC7Z020-CLG484-1
  • Memory (512 MB DDR3, 32 MB Quad-SPI Flash)
  • Onboard USB JTAG Programming
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • USB OTG 2.0 and USB-UART
  • PS & PL I/O expansion
  • Multiple displays (1080p HDMI, 8-bit VGA, 128x32 OLED)
  • I2S Audio codec


Basic preliminary work

Installing Xilinx ISE Tools

As mentioned earlier in the Introduction, it is assumed that the developer has acquired an AVNet / Digilent Zed board. In such case please proceed to use the DVD labeled for Linux in order to install the corresponding Vivado and ISE Design Tools from Xilinx in your Ubuntu desktop and execute the xsetup binary file to start installing the Xilinx Tools.

$(USER)@$(HOST):cd /media/Xilinx_ISE_DS_Lin_14.4_P.49d.3
$(USER)@$(HOST):/media/Xilinx_ISE_DS_Lin_14.4_P.49d.3$ ./xsetup

To check for the latest versions of the Vivado / ISE Design suite please refer to the following link:

Xilinx Vivado / ISE Tools

Some additional hints for Ubuntu 12.04:

Ubuntu 12.04 useful installation hints

Linux Host Setup

  • Configure TFTP:

If you are planning to use the SDK's installer to install images generated by the SDK in NAND, installing a TFTP server you will speed up downloads to the target hardware by using TFTP.

TFTP configuration for fast image downloads to the target hardware

  • Configure NFS:

For application development, it is convenient to use root NFS mount file system for the target hardware. This allows you to rebuild your application on the host and immediately run the application on the target hardware with no interveining steps. You host PC needs to be configured as a NFS server for this in order to work properly.

NFS configuration so the root file system used by the target can be located on the host

  • In case termnet is preferred over minicom as serial console / terminal app, please refer to the short guide below

TERMNET terminal app configuration, alternative to minicom

Please skip below two steps (3.3 and 3.4) and jump to 3.5 if you have purchased a Professional SDK.

Getting the RidgeRun's EVAL SDK Irazu

If you want to get the RidgeRun's EVAL SDK Irazu you need to go to our Evaluation SDK Download Link and select the Evaluation SDK you need. You will be asked for your email address and some information. Once you have submitted the required information you will receive an email with the following information:

Sequence of evaluation sdk download events:

You have to follow the steps below :

When you select and click on the name of evaluation sdk you want to download, shopping cart page will display with the price $0.00 (for eval sdk's)
-> click on 'Go to Checkout'. It will display 'Your Shopping Bag' page
-> click on 'Checkout'. You will get a form to enter your email id and other info
-> click on 'Continue'. It will display a 'Place Order' page
-> click on 'Place Order'. And then Please check your email with a link to download the tar file for the evaluation SDK you have selected.

Installing the EVAL SDK

RidgeRun delivers the SDK in either two ways: a tar file for x86 platforms, or for customers with a established development relationship through a custom SCM (typically GIT) repository. If you are using a shared SCM repository, please contact RidgeRun for a detailed instructions.

System Requirements

Listed below are the minimum recommended requirements for installing and using the RidgeRun SDK:

  • A host computer with a 686 or better family processor
  • 1 GB free hard disk space
  • A Linux distribution configured on the host computer.
  • Target hardware for the SDK
  • Optional: a network card installed and configured on the host computer
  • Optional: Internet connection for SDK updates

Once you have downloaded the tar file of the evaluation SDK you can untar it by running the following command:

tar -xvzf <name of the tar file downloaded>.tar.gz 

You may find it convenient to untar the evaluation SDK more than once. For example, you might want one version to be unmodified and another version to be your working development directory. RidgeRun suggests you untar the SDK development directories in your $HOME/work/ directory. When you have more than one development directory installed, just remember to have the DEVDIR shell variable set properly. To set the DEVDIR shell variable use the `make env` command specified at Build_SDK

On the rest of this document, we refer as $DEVDIR to the path where the RidgeRun EVAL SDK for the Zynq 7000 Zed board is installed.

Installing the Professional SDK version

When all the purchase process is done, RidgeRun will provide you a GitHub repository access. For that, the GitHub user ID and other information might be requested. Once you provide that information, you must clone the given repository URL, using the next command:

git clone<customer>.git

This would have the proper <customer> space modified. With this, you will have the SDK installed on the directory you were when executed the clone command.
RidgeRun suggests you untar the SDK development directories in your $HOME/work/ directory. When you have more than one development directory installed, just remember to have the DEVDIR shell variable set properly. To set the DEVDIR shell variable use the `make env` command specified at RidgeRun_Irazu_SDK_User_Guide#Build_SDK.

On the rest of this document, we refer as $DEVDIR to the path where the RidgeRun Professional SDK for the Zynq 7000 Zed board is installed.

Running  RidgeRun SDK

Configuration and build

Please refer to the link below for information on how to configure and build the RidgeRun SDK for the first time:

RidgeRun Irazu SDK User Guide

Booting from SD Card

Setting up Zynq 7000 ZedBoard to boot from a SD card

In order to boot from a SD card you need to set the SD port as the first boot device to try in the Zynq 7000 boot sequence. The ZedBoard uses MIO[5:3] to select the boot mode, SD card boot mode is selected by setting the MIO[5:4] to 3.3V (logical 1) as shown in the image below: 

Zedboard boot.jpg

Configuring SDK to deploy firmware to a SD card

1. Set your environment variables

`make env`

2. Open a configuration menu

make config

3. Proceed to the Installer Configuration sub-menu and set the Firmware deployment mode to Deploy all the firmware to a SD card option as shown below:

Sdk installer sdcard.jpg

4. Proceed to the Toolchain Configurations sub-menu and make sure that you have the right binaries path for your toolchain. For this option, what usually changes is the version of ISE installed:

Toolchain binaries toolchain.jpg

The RidgeRun SDK offers basically 2 ways of creating a bootable SD card:

  • By creating a SD card image by creating a loopback device (later on this image is burned into the SD card using dd command.
  • By storing the firmware images into a previously partioned (by the SDK) SD card.

For more information about the main configuration settings related to SD card installation options, please refer to the link below: How to boot from SD card using RidgeRun SDK

Booting the Zynq 7000 ZedBoard running RidgeRun SDK

Once the SD card build process is complete, proceed to boot the board:

1. Open your serial console / terminal emulator (minicom, terment, picocom depending on your preference).

2.  Insert the SD card into the SD card slot in the Zynq ZedBoard, power ON the board a wait for the board to boot all the way to the Linux Kernel prompt. The log should be similar to the following:

U-Boot 2013.10 (May 20 2014 - 10:04:06)
Memory: ECC disabled
DRAM:  512 MiB
MMC:   zynq_sdhci: 0
SF: Detected S25FL256S_64K with page size 256 Bytes, erase size 64 KiB, total 32 MiB
*** Warning - bad CRC, using default environment

In:    serial
Out:   serial
Err:   serial
Net:   Gem.e000b000
Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0 
Device: zynq_sdhci
Manufacturer ID: 27
OEM: 5048
Name: SD04G 
Tran Speed: 50000000
Rd Block Len: 512
SD version 3.0
High Capacity: Yes
Capacity: 3.7 GiB
Bus Width: 4-bit
reading uEnv.txt
165 bytes read in 8 ms (19.5 KiB/s)
Loaded environment from uEnv.txt
Importing environment from SD ...
Running uenvcmd ...
Running uenvcmd ...
Copying Linux from SD to RAM...
reading uImage
3443416 bytes read in 338 ms (9.7 MiB/s)
reading devicetree.dtb
7543 bytes read in 17 ms (432.6 KiB/s)
## Booting kernel from Legacy Image at 03000000 ...
   Image Name:   "RR Compressed Linux Kernel"
   Image Type:   ARM Linux Kernel Image (uncompressed)
   Data Size:    3443352 Bytes = 3.3 MiB
   Load Address: 01e00000
   Entry Point:  01e00000
   Verifying Checksum ... OK
## Flattened Device Tree blob at 02a00000
   Booting using the fdt blob at 0x2a00000
   Loading Kernel Image ... OK
   Loading Device Tree to 1fb4c000, end 1fb50d76 ... OK

Starting kernel ...

Uncompressing Linux... done, booting the kernel.
Booting Linux on physical CPU 0x0
Linux version 3.12.0-xilinx (cavila@ridgerun-MS-7369) (gcc version 4.6.3 (Sourcery CodeBench Lite 2012.03-79) ) #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue May 20 09:21:19 CST 2014
CPU: ARMv7 Processor [413fc090] revision 0 (ARMv7), cr=18c5387d
CPU: PIPT / VIPT nonaliasing data cache, VIPT aliasing instruction cache
Machine: Xilinx Zynq Platform, model: Xilinx Zynq
Memory policy: Data cache writealloc
PERCPU: Embedded 8 pages/cpu @c0a7d000 s8384 r8192 d16192 u32768
Built 1 zonelists in Zone order, mobility grouping on.  Total pages: 130048
Kernel command line:  console=ttyPS0,115200 rw root=/dev/nfs nfsroot= rw ip=dhcp   
PID hash table entries: 2048 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Inode-cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Memory: 513048K/524288K available (4498K kernel code, 261K rwdata, 1440K rodata, 184K init, 194K bss, 11240K reserved, 0K highmem)
Virtual kernel memory layout:
    vector  : 0xffff0000 - 0xffff1000   (   4 kB)
    fixmap  : 0xfff00000 - 0xfffe0000   ( 896 kB)
    vmalloc : 0xe0800000 - 0xff000000   ( 488 MB)
    lowmem  : 0xc0000000 - 0xe0000000   ( 512 MB)
    pkmap   : 0xbfe00000 - 0xc0000000   (   2 MB)
    modules : 0xbf000000 - 0xbfe00000   (  14 MB)
      .text : 0xc0008000 - 0xc05d4bc0   (5939 kB)
      .init : 0xc05d5000 - 0xc06030c0   ( 185 kB)
      .data : 0xc0604000 - 0xc0645438   ( 262 kB)
       .bss : 0xc0645444 - 0xc0675ff4   ( 195 kB)
Preemptible hierarchical RCU implementation.
        Dump stacks of tasks blocking RCU-preempt GP.
        RCU restricting CPUs from NR_CPUS=4 to nr_cpu_ids=2.
NR_IRQS:16 nr_irqs:16 16
ps7-slcr mapped to e0802000
Zynq clock init
sched_clock: 16 bits at 54kHz, resolution 18432ns, wraps every 1207ms
ps7-ttc #0 at e0804000, irq=43
Console: colour dummy device 80x30
Calibrating delay loop... 1325.46 BogoMIPS (lpj=6627328)
pid_max: default: 32768 minimum: 301
Mount-cache hash table entries: 512
CPU: Testing write buffer coherency: ok
CPU0: thread -1, cpu 0, socket 0, mpidr 80000000
Setting up static identity map for 0xc0440de8 - 0xc0440e40
L310 cache controller enabled
l2x0: 8 ways, CACHE_ID 0x410000c8, AUX_CTRL 0x72360000, Cache size: 512 kB
CPU1: Booted secondary processor
CPU1: thread -1, cpu 1, socket 0, mpidr 80000001
Brought up 2 CPUs
SMP: Total of 2 processors activated.
CPU: All CPU(s) started in SVC mode.
devtmpfs: initialized
VFP support v0.3: implementor 41 architecture 3 part 30 variant 9 rev 4
NET: Registered protocol family 16
DMA: preallocated 256 KiB pool for atomic coherent allocations
zynq_gpio e000a000.ps7-gpio: gpio at 0xe000a000 mapped to 0xe0850000
hw-breakpoint: found 5 (+1 reserved) breakpoint and 1 watchpoint registers.
hw-breakpoint: maximum watchpoint size is 4 bytes.
zynq_ocm f800c000.ps7-ocmc: ZYNQ OCM pool: 256 KiB @ 0xe0880000
bio: create slab <bio-0> at 0
vgaarb: loaded
SCSI subsystem initialized
usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
usbcore: registered new device driver usb
pps_core: LinuxPPS API ver. 1 registered
pps_core: Software ver. 5.3.6 - Copyright 2005-2007 Rodolfo Giometti <>
PTP clock support registered
EDAC MC: Ver: 3.0.0
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Initialized.
Switched to clocksource ttc_clocksource
NET: Registered protocol family 2
TCP established hash table entries: 4096 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
TCP bind hash table entries: 4096 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 4096 bind 4096)
TCP: reno registered
UDP hash table entries: 256 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
UDP-Lite hash table entries: 256 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
NET: Registered protocol family 1
RPC: Registered named UNIX socket transport module.
RPC: Registered udp transport module.
RPC: Registered tcp transport module.
RPC: Registered tcp NFSv4.1 backchannel transport module.
hw perfevents: enabled with ARMv7 Cortex-A9 PMU driver, 7 counters available
jffs2: version 2.2. (NAND) (SUMMARY)  © 2001-2006 Red Hat, Inc.
msgmni has been set to 1002
Block layer SCSI generic (bsg) driver version 0.4 loaded (major 250)
io scheduler noop registered
io scheduler deadline registered
io scheduler cfq registered (default)
dma-pl330 f8003000.ps7-dma: unable to set the seg size
dma-pl330 f8003000.ps7-dma: Loaded driver for PL330 DMAC-2364208
dma-pl330 f8003000.ps7-dma:     DBUFF-128x8bytes Num_Chans-8 Num_Peri-4 Num_Events-16
e0001000.serial: ttyPS0 at MMIO 0xe0001000 (irq = 82, base_baud = 3124999) is a xuartps
console [ttyPS0] enabled
xdevcfg f8007000.ps7-dev-cfg: ioremap 0xf8007000 to e0864000
brd: module loaded
loop: module loaded
xqspips e000d000.ps7-qspi: master is unqueued, this is deprecated
m25p80 spi0.0: found s25fl256s1, expected n25q128
m25p80 spi0.0: s25fl256s1 (32768 Kbytes)
5 ofpart partitions found on MTD device spi0.0
Creating 5 MTD partitions on "spi0.0":
0x000000000000-0x000000100000 : "qspi-fsbl-uboot"
0x000000100000-0x000000600000 : "qspi-linux"
0x000000600000-0x000000620000 : "qspi-device-tree"
0x000000620000-0x000000c00000 : "qspi-rootfs"
0x000000c00000-0x000001000000 : "qspi-bitstream"
xqspips e000d000.ps7-qspi: at 0xE000D000 mapped to 0xE0866000, irq=51
e1000e: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Driver - 2.3.2-k
e1000e: Copyright(c) 1999 - 2013 Intel Corporation.
libphy: XEMACPS mii bus: probed
xemacps e000b000.ps7-ethernet: pdev->id -1, baseaddr 0xe000b000, irq 54
ehci_hcd: USB 2.0 'Enhanced' Host Controller (EHCI) Driver
ehci-pci: EHCI PCI platform driver
ULPI transceiver vendor/product ID 0x0451/0x1507
Found TI TUSB1210 ULPI transceiver.
ULPI integrity check: passed.
xusbps-ehci xusbps-ehci.0: Xilinx PS USB EHCI Host Controller
xusbps-ehci xusbps-ehci.0: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
xusbps-ehci xusbps-ehci.0: irq 53, io mem 0x00000000
xusbps-ehci xusbps-ehci.0: USB 2.0 started, EHCI 1.00
hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
hub 1-0:1.0: 1 port detected
usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
mousedev: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
i2c /dev entries driver
xadcps f8007100.ps7-xadc: enabled:      yes     reference:      external
zynq-edac f8006000.ps7-ddrc: ecc not enabled
sdhci: Secure Digital Host Controller Interface driver
sdhci: Copyright(c) Pierre Ossman
sdhci-pltfm: SDHCI platform and OF driver helper
mmc0: SDHCI controller on e0100000.ps7-sdio [e0100000.ps7-sdio] using ADMA
usbcore: registered new interface driver usbhid
usbhid: USB HID core driver
TCP: cubic registered
NET: Registered protocol family 10
NET: Registered protocol family 17
Registering SWP/SWPB emulation handler
drivers/rtc/hctosys.c: unable to open rtc device (rtc0)
Sending DHCP requests .mmc0: new high speed SDHC card at address 0007
mmcblk0: mmc0:0007 SD04G 3.70 GiB 
 mmcblk0: p1
.xemacps e000b000.ps7-ethernet: Set clk to 24999999 Hz
xemacps e000b000.ps7-ethernet: link up (100/FULL)
DHCP/BOOTP: Ignoring fragmented reply
DHCP/BOOTP: Ignoring fragmented reply
DHCP/BOOTP: Ignoring fragmented reply
DHCP/BOOTP: Ignoring fragmented reply
., OK
IP-Config: Got DHCP answer from, my address is
IP-Config: Complete:
     device=eth0, hwaddr=00:0a:35:00:01:22, ipaddr=, mask=, gw=
     host=,, nis-domain=(none)
     bootserver=, rootserver=, rootpath=
     nameserver0=, nameserver1=
ALSA device list:
  No soundcards found.
VFS: Mounted root (nfs filesystem) on device 0:11.
devtmpfs: mounted
Freeing unused kernel memory: 184K (c05d5000 - c0603000)
Starting System
Welcome to
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Build host: ridgerun-MS-7369
Built by: cavila
Build date: Tue, 20 May 2014 10:01:38 -0600
Build tag: zedboard
Configuring network interfaces
Error while running '/etc/rc.d/S30network'.
Starting D-Bus message bus system
Starting Dropbear SSH server: dropbear.
Starting udev
udevd[606]: starting version 182

Please press Enter to activate this console. 

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