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Embedded Open-Source Linux Development

This intermediate-level, two-day course provides embedded systems developers with experience in creating an embedded open-source Linux operating system on a Xilinx development board. The course offers students hands-on experience from building the environment to booting the system using a basic, single-processor System on Chip (SoC) design with Linux 2.6 from the Xilinx kernel tree.


This course introduces embedded Linux components, use of open-source components, environment configurations, network components, and debugging/profiling options for embedded Linux platforms. The primary focus is on embedded Linux development in conjunction with the Xilinx tool flow.




Who Should Attend

Embedded software developers interested in customizing an open-source Linux kernel for a Xilinx embedded processor system





  • Course No:  EMBD22000-ILT
  • Course Duration:  2 Days
  • Price:  USD $1,400
    or 14 Xilinx Training Credits
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites

    • Experience in C or C++ programming
    • Basic understanding of VHDL or Verilog design
    • Basic microprocessor design experience and understanding of MicroBlaze™ or PowerPC® processor architecture
    • Knowledge of operating system architecture
    • Experience using a Linux command-line shell for common file operations


  • Software Tools
    • Xilinx ISE® Design Suite: Embedded or System Edition 11.1

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Day 1

  • Course Agenda and Introduction
  • Building the Environment
  • Lab 1: Building the Environment
  • Basic Linux System
  • Lab 2: Basic Linux System

Day 2

  • Booting and Debugging
  • Lab 3: Boot Loader
  • Peripherals and Drivers
  • Lab 4: Peripherals and Drivers
  • Embedded Linux Memory Manager
  • Processes, Scheduling, and Timing


  • Lab 1: Building the Environment – On a virtual machine environment, download and build a Linux development system that integrates Xilinx tools and open-source components. Includes the use of build scripts.
  • Lab 2: Basic Linux System – Configure the kernel; build the kernel without a root file system; download and start the kernel with xmd; try basic debugging techniques; build a minimal rootfs; rebuild Linux with a minimal rootfs; and boot Linux and login.
  • Lab 3: Boot Loader – Analyze the starting point of the kernel; analyze the boot messages; add the first-stage boot loader; add U-Boot; boot Linux with U-Boot; and boot Linux with an NFS rootfs.
  • Lab 4: Peripherals and Drivers – Program a Hello World kernel module; compile external kernel modules; and create a simple gpio driver.


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