Xilinx has launched a general Open Source Linux support and developer community for developing embedded software applications targeting the Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP), further building out the development model for the new family of devices.
Linux software developers can begin developing their applications now with a GNU tool chain including C/C++ compilers, NEON optimized runtime libraries, debuggers and a QEMU system model of the Zynq-7000 EPP’s dual Cortex-A9 MPCore processor system.
ARM TechCon attendees can see demos of the Zynq-7000 EPP and supporting development tools including the new virtual platform also announced today with Cadence at Xilinx booth #207.
Linux is a popular operating system in the embedded space and – according to Lawrence Getman, Vice President of Processing Platforms at Xilinx – more than 60 percent of Zynq-7000 EPP early access customers have expressed interest in using Linux as the primary OS for their software. Furthermore, 80 percent of these customers are planning to use open source Linux distribution, which means it’s important for Xilinx to offer an open source Linux distribution to customers.
Much like its long-time support for Open Source Linux for the MicroBlaze soft processor, Xilinx support for the Zynq-7000 EPP includes a GIT Linux source distribution, a Wiki, forums, and QEMU system model support. This means application-level software developers can start developing their Open Source Linux applications for the Zynq-7000 EPP today, and have a developer community they can rely upon to foster the sharing of ideas and mutual support.
Additionally, Xilinx continues its efforts to offer software developers the tools that they need by expanding Zynq-7000 EPP support to include the popular ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) tool chain, which now includes seamless multicore debug and trace on Cortex-A9 processors and system-wide performance analysis of Linux software stacks for the Zynq-7000 EPP.
For customers immediately requiring a commercially-supported Linux distribution, Xilinx Alliance Program member PetaLogix offers its System Development Kit (SDK) Zynq Edition. This is the only package supporting all phases of the embedded design flow and providing integration with the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit for hardware design entry and implementation. The PetaLinux SDK delivers a complete Embedded Linux platform solution.
The kit includes Linux kernel, standard libraries and applications, system image builder and custom application and device driver templates. Also provided is a QEMU-based dynamic virtual Zynq platform to kick-start software development.
The Zynq-7000 EPP allows embedded software engineers to perform their development, debug and implementation tasks in a similar fashion to industry-standard embedded design methodologies, which early access customers have been using since early this year. Software application engineers can use the same ARM development tools they have used for previous designs. In addition, Xilinx provides familiar tools, the Software Development Kit (SDK), an Eclipse environment-based tool suite, for embedded software application projects and Xilinx ISE Design Suite for embedded hardware design which are available in beta form, customers can contact their Xilinx sales representative for more information.
About the Zynq-7000 EPP
The Zynq-7000 family is Xilinx's first Extensible Processing Platform (EPP). This new class of product combines an industry-standard ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore processing system with Xilinx 28nm unified programmable logic architecture.
This processor-centric architecture offers the flexibility and scalability of an FPGA combined with ASIC-like performance and power and the ease of use of an ASSP. The extensible Virtual Platform Early Access program has begun and will open to a broader customer base by the end of this year. For more information about Zynq-7000 devices and the Open Source Linux, visit www.xilinx.com/products/zynq-7000/linux.htm
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