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The Vivado® Design Suite allows you to create projects based on specific boards. Trenz Electronic provides Vivado Board Part files in the download area. Please choose the BSP folder under the proper module.

There are two options for installing the Board Part files

  • Option1: Install into a User Repository
  • Option2: Install into the Vivado installation

Option1: Install into a User Repository

This Option allows you to install the Vivado Board Part files to any location of your choosing. The disadvantage is that it required an additional command to point the tools to your repository.

  1. Extract the archive to a location of you choosing.This document and the included init.tcl file will use C:/TE for the path. You will need to modify the instructions and edit the init.tcl file to match your location. When editing the TCL file, be sure to use the forward slash / for the path.
  2. Note that this location will have a boards sub-directory as shown below.

    To make this User Repository visible to Vivado, you can either use the Vivado TCL Console to set the Parameter or set the Parameter in the init.tcl file.

  3. Setting this parameter in the Vivado TCL Console is shown below. Set the following parameter as the first command after the Vivado integrated design environment (IDE) opens. Notice the direction of the ‘/’ forward slash. A backward slash will be accepted, but the path will not be registered correctly. To use this method you will need issue the command each time you launch Vivado.

    set_param project.boardPartRepoPaths C:/TE 
    set_param board.repoPaths {C:/TE/}


  4.  If you choose to use the init.tcl file method, then you will need to add the following command as the first line in your init.tcl:  
    set_param project.boardPartRepoPaths.editable true  

    then give the following command to set the parameter: 
    set_param project.boardPartRepoPaths C:/TE      (if get some problem,please try to give this command :  set_param project.boardPartRepoPaths {C:/TE} )

    If you finish to create the init.tcl file, place this file in the software installation:


    Please make sure you use plain ASCII text editor when creating the init.tcl file, any non ASCII character in the file will make Vivado to freeze on startup.

    A working init.tcl file is provided in the archive with this tutorial. With this method you can set up a permanent initialization TCL that is read by Vivado each time it launches. Details about the init.tcl file are included in UG835 Vivado Design Suite Tcl Command Reference Guide. UG835 describes where to put the init.tcl file. 


Option2: Install into the Vivado installation

This is the quickest option, but it is not recommended by Xilinx. Use at your own risk.

  1. Extract the archive to the following location. 


  2. Now browse to the following location. The screenshot below shows the contents of this directory after the installation of the TEboards.
    installdir\Vivado\2014.2\data\boards\board_parts\ artix7

Test in Vivado

Regardless of which method you choose, the new boards should now be visible in Vivado 2014.4 for vendor . To test this out, do the following.

  1. Launch Vivado 2014.4.
  2. Select Create New Project.
  3. Click Next>  to get started.
  4. Set the project name and location. Press Next>.
  5. Select project type Click Next>.
  6. At the Default Part screen,
    a, Click Boards under Specify.
    b, Click under Vendor.

The options should appear as shown.


For more information about this capability, please refer to the following Quick Take video.

Software Requirements

The software used is

  • Windows-7 64-bit
  • Xilinx Vivado 2014.4


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