This tutorial targets the Versal® ACAP VCK190 and VMK180 evaluation boards. To use this guide, you need the following hardware items. These are included with the evaluation board. Ensure that the required tools are installed properly and your environments match the requirements.
The evaluation board kit includes:
VCK190/VMK180 Production board
AC power adapter (12 VDC)
USB Type-A to USB Micro cable (for UART communications)
USB Micro cable for programming and debugging via USB-Micro JTAG connection
SD-MMC flash card for Linux booting
QSPI daughter card X_EBM-01, REV_A01
Additional flash daughter cards:
These modules will be required for eMMC or OSPI related steps in the tutorial. Ignore this if you do not have or do not intend to use the eMMC/OSPI modules.
OSPI daughter card X-EBM-03 REV_A02
eMMC daughter card X-EBM-02 REV_A02
QSPI/SD were tested on VCK190/VMK180 Production boards.
OSPI/eMMC were tested on VCK190 and VMK180 RevB production boards.
OSPI and eMMC boot modes are only supported on the VCK190 and VMK180 RevB production boards.
Vitis Integrated Design Environment and Vivado Design Suite¶
Ensure that you have the Vitis™ 2021.2 software development platform installed. The Vitis IDE is a Xilinx® unified tool which comes with all the hardware and software as a package. If you install the Vitis IDE, you will automatically get both the Vivado® Design Suite and the Vitis development tools. You do not have to make any extra selections in the installer.
Visit https://www.xilinx.com/support/download.html to confirm that you have the latest tools version.
For more information on installing the Vivado Design Suite, refer to the Vitis Unified Software Platform Documentation: Embedded Software Development (UG1400).
Install the PetaLinux tools to run through the Linux portion of this tutorial. PetaLinux tools run under the Linux host system running one of the following:
Red Hat Enterprise Workstation/Server 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 8.1, 8.2 (64-bit)
CentOS Workstation/Server 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 8.1, 8.2 (64-bit)
Ubuntu Linux Workstation/Server 16.04.5, 16.04.6, 18.04.1, 18.04.2, 18.04.3, 18.04.4, 18.04.5, 20.04, 20.04.1 (64-bit)
This can use either a dedicated Linux host system or a virtual machine running one of these Linux operating systems on your Windows development platform.
When you install PetaLinux tools on your system of choice, you must do the following:
Download PetaLinux 2021.2 software from the Xilinx website.
Download the respective BSP as described in Example Project: Creating Linux Images Using PetaLinux.
Add common system packages and libraries to the workstation or virtual machine. For more information, see the Installation Requirements from the PetaLinux Tools Documentation: Reference Guide (UG1144) and the PetaLinux Release Notes.
8 GB RAM (recommended minimum for Xilinx tools)
2 GHz CPU clock or equivalent (minimum of eight cores)
100 GB free HDD space
Extracting the PetaLinux Package¶
By default, the PetaLinux tools are installed into the current working directory. Alternatively, you can specify an installation path.
For example, to install PetaLinux tools under
$ mkdir -p /opt/pkg/petalinux/<petalinux-version> $ ./petalinux-v<petalinux-version>-final-installer.run --dir /opt/pkg/petalinux/<petalinux-version>
Do not change the install directory permissions to CHMOD 775 as it might cause BitBake errors. This installs the PetaLinux tool into the
For more information, see PetaLinux Tools Documentation: Reference Guide (UG1144).
Xilinx software uses FLEXnet licensing. When the software is first run, it performs a license verification process. If the license verification does not find a valid license, the license wizard guides you through the process of obtaining a license and ensuring that the license can be used with the tools installed. If you do not need the full version of the software, you can use an evaluation license. For installation instructions and information, see the Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Release Notes, Installation, and Licensing (UG973).