Flexible, cost-optimized embedded designs with Xilinx FPGAs – Super Easy or difficult?


In order to follow along and take full advantage of this workshop complete the first lab by downloading and installing Vivado 2020.1.   Then download the attached lab 2 and complete the pre-lab assignment.   You will need to purchase the Arty-S7Arty-S7 to follow along if you have not done so already.  


You can view a Q&A of this session here:  Webinar Briefing & FAQ: Arty-S7 Workshop: Part 2: Building a Custom Microcontroller in Minutes is Available On-Demand!


The Spartan-7 FPGA offers the most size, performance, and cost-conscious design engineered with the latest technologies from Xilinx and is fully compatible with Vivado Design Suite versions 2017.3 and newer. Putting this FPGA in the Arty form factor provides users with a wide variety of I/O and expansion options. Use the dual row Arduino® connectors to mount one of the hundreds of hardware compatible shields available, or use the Pmod ports with Digilent's pre-made Pmod IP blocks for a more streamlined design experience. Arty S7 was designed to be MicroBlaze ready and comes out of the box ready to use with the free Xilinx WebPack licensing with the Vivado Design Suite.


Get started building custom microcontroller designs with Xilinx FPGA as it’s easier than ever!


In this seminar series, we’ll explore how Xilinx FPGAs and SoC’s mitigate common challenges engineers encounter when building embedded designs. You’ll discover Xilinx’s embedded solutions options as well as diverse IP library, including partner IP,  that enables anyone to build a complete and custom embedded solutions.


We’ll walk through the steps getting started using Xilinx design tools to build a custom microcontroller from installing the design tools to communicating with an external sensor. And you’ll find out that this is easier than ever and anyone can do this!


Here's a good primer that shows you all the cool things you can do with Arty-S7 board:





Session 2:


This is the second part in a 3 part series.  To take full advantage of this you will need to follow along and complete the first session (available on demand).  You will also need to purchase the following products online:





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Each session will be available On Demand at the conclusion of the live presentation.  However,  if you attend live then you will be able to ask questions or address any issues you have when following along.


Dates and Register for Free:


Workshop:Dates and Time:

Session 1 - Learn about Xilinx FPGAs and Embedded Processing



  • Why Xilinx FPGAs solve common challenges of ASSPs
  • Xilinx Product Offering
  • Embedded Processing Solutions


  • Install Xilinx tools

Wednesday, 30th of September 2020


11:00 CT / 4:00 PM GMT


Session 2 – Building a Custom Microcontroller in Minutes



  • How to get started using Xilinx Vivado Design Tools
  • Xilinx Example projects jumpstart designs


  • Launch processor on Arty-S7 and run Hello World

Wednesday, 14th of Oct 2020


11:00 CT / 4:00 PM GMT


  • Register Above for Free!

Session 3 – Rapid Sensor Prototyping with Digilent Peripheral Modules



  • How to expand Xilinx IP catalog with 3rd party IP
  • Leverage IP to build custom interface w/o writing RTL
  • Add prebuilt IP drivers and communicate with sensors
  • Lab
    • Run example design with Arty-S7, MicroBlaze, and PmodNAV

Wednesday, 28th of Oct 2020


11:00 CT / 4:00 PM GMT





Jayson Bethurem Product Line Manager:  Spartan, Artix, Zynq-7000, Zynq UltraScale+ at Xilinx
Jayson is the Product Line Manager for Xilinx’s Cost-Optimized Portfolio, which includes Spartan, Artix, and Zynq-7000 devices. With over 20 years of Xilinx design, technical support, training, and marketing experience, Jayson leads the design of multiple evaluation boards, such as the Spartan-6LX9 Microboard, Zedboard, and MicroZed.
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