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TE0729 Basic-System with Watchdog example via VIO Interface.

Key Features

  • PetaLinux
  • SD
  • ETH (1 x 1 GBit 2 x 100 MBit)

  • USB
  • I2C
  • RTC
  • Watchdog Test example over VIO
  • optional Special FSBL to select eMMC instead of SD
  • Special FSBL for QSPI programming

Revision History

DateVivadoProject BuiltAuthorsDescription
John Hartfielinitial release

Release Notes and Know Issues

IssuesDescriptionWorkaroundTo be fixed version
No known issues---------





Basic description of TE Board Part Files is available on TE Board Part Files.

Complete List is available on <design name>/board_files/*_board_files.csv

Design supports following modules:

Module ModelBoard Part Short NamePCB Revision SupportDDRQSPI FlashOthersNotes
TE0729-02-2IF2ifREV02, REV01512MB32MB
2IF-K is the same with head sink
TE0729-02-2IR2irREV02512MB32MBPL ETHs, RTC are no assembledexternal ISSI Flash configuration only with SDK possible on 18.2

Design supports following carriers:

Carrier ModelNotes
TEB0729Used as reference carrier.

Additional HW Requirements:

Additional HardwareNotes
USB Cable for JTAG/UARTCheck Carrier Board and Programmer for correct typ
XMOD ProgrammerCarrier Board dependent, only if carrier has no own FTDI


For general structure and of the reference design, see Project Delivery - Xilinx devices

Design Sources

Vivado<design name>/block_design
<design name>/constraints
<design name>/ip_lib
Vivado Project will be generated by TE Scripts
SDK/HSI<design name>/sw_libAdditional Software Template for SDK/HSI and apps_list.csv with settings for HSI
PetaLinux<design name>/os/petalinuxPetaLinux template with current configuration

Additional Sources

TypeLocationNotes<design name>/misc/init_scriptAdditional Initialization Script for Linux





BIF-File*.bifFile with description to generate Bin-File
BIN-File*.binFlash Configuration File with Boot-Image (Zynq-FPGAs)
BIT-File*.bitFPGA (PL Part) Configuration File
Diverse Reports---Report files in different formats
Hardware-Platform-Specification-Files*.hdfExported Vivado Hardware Specification for SDK/HSI and PetaLinux
LabTools Project-File*.lprVivado Labtools Project File
OS-Image*.ubImage with Linux Kernel (On Petalinux optional with Devicetree and RAM-Disk)
Software-Application-File*.elfSoftware Application for Zynq or MicroBlaze Processor Systems


Reference Design is only usable with the specified Vivado/SDK/PetaLinux/SDx version. Do never use different Versions of Xilinx Software for the same Project.

Reference Design is available on:

Design Flow

Reference Design is available with and without prebuilt files. It's recommended to use TE prebuilt files for first lunch.

Trenz Electronic provides a tcl based built environment based on Xilinx Design Flow.

See also:

The Trenz Electronic FPGA Reference Designs are TCL-script based project. Command files for execution will be generated with "_create_win_setup.cmd" on Windows OS and "" on Linux OS.

TE Scripts are only needed to generate the vivado project, all other additional steps are optional and can also executed by Xilinx Vivado/SDK GUI.  For currently Scripts limitations on Win and Linux OS see: Project Delivery Currently limitations of functionality

  1. _create_win_setup.cmd/ and follow instructions on shell:
  2. Press 0 and enter for minimum setup
  3. (optional Win OS) Generate Virtual Drive or use short directory  for the reference design (for example x:\<design name>)
  4. Create Project
    1. Select correct device and Xilinx install path on "design_basic_settings.cmd" and create Vivado project with "vivado_create_project_guimode.cmd"
      Note: Select correct one, see TE Board Part Files
  5. Create HDF and export to prebuilt folder
    1. Run on Vivado TCL: TE::hw_build_design -export_prebuilt
      Note: Script generate design and export files into \prebuilt\hardware\<short dir>. Use GUI is the same, except file export to prebuilt folder
  6. Create Linux (uboot.elf and image.ub) with exported HDF
    1. HDF is exported to "prebuilt\hardware\<short name>"
      Note: HW Export from Vivado GUI create another path as default workspace.
    2. Create Linux images on VM, see PetaLinux KICKstart
      1. Use TE Template from /os/petalinux
        Note: run before you start petalinux config. This will set correct temporary path variable.
  7. Add Linux files (uboot.elf and image.ub) to prebuilt folder
    1. "prebuilt\os\petalinux\default" or "prebuilt\os\petalinux\<short name>"
      Notes: Scripts select "prebuilt\os\petalinux\<short name>", if exist, otherwise "prebuilt\os\petalinux\default"
  8. Generate Programming Files with HSI/SDK
    1. Run on Vivado TCL: TE::sw_run_hsi
      Note: Scripts generate applications and bootable files, which are defined in "sw_lib\apps_list.csv"
    2. (alternative) Start SDK with Vivado GUI or start with TE Scripts on Vivado TCL: TE::sw_run_sdk
      Note: See SDK Projects



Check Module and Carrier TRMs for proper HW configuration before you try any design.

Xilinx documentation for programming and debugging: Vivado/SDK/SDSoC-Xilinx Software Programming and Debugging


Optional for Boot.bin on QSPI Flash and image.ub on SD.

  1. Connect JTAG and power on carrier with module
  2. Open Vivado Project with "vivado_open_existing_project_guimode.cmd" or if not created, create with "vivado_create_project_guimode.cmd"
  3. Type on Vivado TCL Console: TE::pr_program_flash_binfile -swapp u-boot
    Note: To program with SDK/Vivado GUI, use special FSBL (zynqmp_fsbl_flash) on setup
             optional "TE::pr_program_flash_binfile -swapp hello_te0729" possible
  4. Copy image.ub on SD-Card
    • For correct prebuilt file location, see <design_name>/prebuilt/readme_file_location.txt
  5. Insert SD-Card


  1. Copy image.ub and Boot.bin on SD-Card.
    • For correct prebuilt file location, see <design_name>/prebuilt/readme_file_location.txt
  2. Set Boot Mode to SD-Boot.
    • Depends on Carrier, see carrier TRM.
  3. Insert SD-Card in SD-Slot.


Not used on this Example.


  1. Prepare HW like described on section Programming
  2. Connect UART USB (most cases same as JTAG)
  3. Select SD Card as Boot Mode
    Note: See TRM of the Carrier, which is used.
  4. Power On PCB
    Note: 1. Zynq Boot ROM loads FSBL from SD into OCM, 2. FSBL loads U-boot from SD into DDR, 3. U-boot load Linux from SD into DDR


  1. Open Serial Console (e.g. putty)
    1. Speed: 115200
    2. COM Port: Win OS, see device manager, Linux OS see  dmesg |grep tty  (UART is *USB1)
  2. Linux Console:
    Note: Wait until Linux boot finished For Linux Login use:
    1. User Name: root
    2. Password: root
  3. You can use Linux shell now.
    1. I2C 0 Bus type: i2cdetect -y -r 0
    2. I2C 0 Bus type: i2cdetect -y -r 1
    3. ETH0 works with udhcpc
    4. ETH1 must be configured manually
      1. ifconfig eth1 up
      2. ifconfig eth1 <ip>
    5. ETH1 must be configured manually
      1. ifconfig eth1 up
      2. ifconfig eth1 <ip>
    6. RTC check: dmesg | grep rtc
    7. USB: insert USB Stick or lsusb

Vivado HW Manager

  1. Open Vivado Hardware Manager with auto connect.
  2. Use probe specification (*.ltx) from prebuilt folder.
  3. Add VIO signals to dashboard.
  4. Set radix for "fm_*" signals to unsigned integer.
  5. "fm_*" shows some clk frequencies (unit Hz). Note: inaccurate Reference CLK is used for frequency measurement.
  6. "WDI_EN" and "WDI_HIT_*_EN_CLK" enables FPGA watchdog control.
  7. Force WD to system reboot:
    1. Check on Hardware window VIO status is ok. (right click on vio symbol and click "commit output values to VIO core" for update).
    2. Enable one of the "WDI_HIT_*_EN_CLK" signals
    3. Enable "WDI_EN"
    4. To force system to reboot, disable WDI_HIT clocks.

System Design - Vivado

Block Design

R Variant:

PS Interfaces



Basic module constrains

# Common bitgen related settings

set_property BITSTREAM.GENERAL.COMPRESS TRUE [current_design]
#set_property BITSTREAM.CONFIG.CONFIGRATE 66 [current_design]
set_property CONFIG_VOLTAGE 3.3 [current_design]
set_property CFGBVS VCCO [current_design]

set_property BITSTREAM.CONFIG.USR_ACCESS TIMESTAMP [current_design]
# Set unused pin pullup: PULLNONE, PULLUP, PULLDOWN

set_property BITSTREAM.CONFIG.UNUSEDPIN PULLNONE [current_design]

#set_property BITSTREAM.CONFIG.UNUSEDPIN PULLUP [current_design]
#set_property BITSTREAM.CONFIG.UNUSEDPIN PULLDONE [current_design]

Design specific constrain

set_property PACKAGE_PIN F16 [get_ports {FPGA_IO[0]}]
set_property IOSTANDARD LVCMOS33 [get_ports {FPGA_IO[0]}]
set_property PACKAGE_PIN H15 [get_ports {WDI_EN[0]}]
set_property IOSTANDARD LVCMOS25 [get_ports {WDI_EN[0]}]
set_property PACKAGE_PIN R15 [get_ports {WD_HIT[0]}]
set_property IOSTANDARD LVCMOS25 [get_ports {WD_HIT[0]}]

Software Design - SDK/HSI

For SDK project creation, follow instructions from:

SDK Projects


Source location: \sw_lib\sw_apps


TE modified 2018.2 FSBL. Xilinx default FSBL on default setup. eMMC selection with FSBL possible.


  • Optional define for eMMC selection with FSBL (default SD selected)
    • uncomment #define USE_EMMC on fsbl_hooks.c to select eMMC instead of SD
  • See: fsbl_hooks.c, main.c


TE modified 2018.2 FSBL


  • Set FSBL Boot Mode to JTAG
  • Disable Memory initialisation


Hello TE0729 is a Xilinx Hello World example as endless loop instead of one console output.


U-Boot.elf is generated with PetaLinux. SDK/HSI is used to generate Boot.bin.

Software Design -  PetaLinux

For PetaLinux installation and  project creation, follow instructions from:


No changes.


Change platform-top.h

#include <configs/platform-auto.h>
#define CONFIG_SYS_BOOTM_LEN 0xF000000
#define DFU_ALT_INFO_RAM \
                "dfu_ram_info=" \
        "setenv dfu_alt_info " \
        "image.ub ram $netstart 0x1e00000\0" \
        "dfu_ram=run dfu_ram_info && dfu 0 ram 0\0" \
        "thor_ram=run dfu_ram_info && thordown 0 ram 0\0"

#define DFU_ALT_INFO_MMC \
        "dfu_mmc_info=" \
        "set dfu_alt_info " \
        "${kernel_image} fat 0 1\\\\;" \
        "dfu_mmc=run dfu_mmc_info && dfu 0 mmc 0\0" \
        "thor_mmc=run dfu_mmc_info && thordown 0 mmc 0\0"

/*Required for uartless designs */
#define CONFIG_BAUDRATE 115200

/*Define CONFIG_ZYNQ_EEPROM here and its necessaries in u-boot menuconfig if you had EEPROM memory. */
#define CONFIG_SYS_I2C_EEPROM_ADDR_LEN         1
#define CONFIG_SYS_I2C_EEPROM_ADDR             0x54
#define CONFIG_SYS_EEPROM_SIZE                 1024 /* Bytes */
#define CONFIG_SYS_I2C_MUX_ADDR                0x74
#define CONFIG_SYS_I2C_MUX_EEPROM_SEL          0x4

Device Tree

Note: for R assembly variant, remove ETH1, ETH2 and RTC

/include/ "system-conf.dtsi"
/ {

/* QSPI PHY */
&qspi {
    #address-cells = <1>;
    #size-cells = <0>;
    status = "okay";
    flash0: flash@0 {
        compatible = "jedec,spi-nor";
        reg = <0x0>;
        #address-cells = <1>;
        #size-cells = <1>;

/* ETH PHY */
&gem0 {
    phy-handle = <&phy0>;
    mdio {
        #address-cells = <1>;
        #size-cells = <0>;
        phy0: phy@0 {
            compatible = "marvell,88e1510";
            device_type = "ethernet-phy";
            reg = <0>;

/* AXI ETH PHY0 */

&axi_ethernetlite_0 {  
    local-mac-address = [00 0a 35 00 22 02];  
    phy-handle = <&phy1>;  
    xlnx,has-mdio = <0x1>;  
    mdio {  
        #address-cells = <1>;  
        #size-cells = <0>;  
        phy1: phy@1 {  
            device_type = "ethernet-phy";  
            reg = <1>;  

/* AXI ETH PHY1 */
&axi_ethernetlite_1 {  
    local-mac-address = [00 0a 35 00 22 03];  
    phy-handle = <&phy2>;  
    xlnx,has-mdio = <0x1>;  
    mdio {  
        #address-cells = <1>;  
        #size-cells = <0>;  
        phy2: phy@1 {  
            device_type = "ethernet-phy";  
            reg = <1>;  

/* RTC */
&i2c0 {
    rtc@6F {        // Real Time Clock
       compatible = "isl12022";
       reg = <0x6F>;

/* USB PHY */

    usb_phy0: usb_phy@0 {
        compatible = "ulpi-phy";
        //compatible = "usb-nop-xceiv";
        #phy-cells = <0>;
        reg = <0xe0002000 0x1000>;
        view-port = <0x0170>;

&usb0 {
    dr_mode = "host";
    //dr_mode = "peripheral";
    usb-phy = <&usb_phy0>;



  • RTC_DRV_ISL12022   (Not needed for R assembly variant, remove)



  • i2c-tools



Script App to load from SD Card if available.

See: \os\petalinux\project-spec\meta-user\recipes-apps\startup\files

Additional Software

No additional software is needed.

Appx. A: Change History and Legal Notices

Document Change History

To get content of older revision  got to "Change History"  of this page and select older document revision number.

DateDocument RevisionAuthorsDescription


  • 2018.2 Release
  • Initial release


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