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AR# 47167

14.1 EDK, Zynq - Why can only half of the PS DDR memory be used with MicroBlaze connected?

Description

When enabling an AXI port on the processing_system7, the following INFO message appears. Why can only half of the PSDDR memory be used with MicroBlaze processorconnected?

INFO: You can modify the DDR address range accessed by Programmable Logic through the processing_system7 AXI slave interfaces. If MicroBlaze processoris a master on processing_system7 AXI slave interfaces, please use the top half of the address range (Base Address = 0x20000000; High Address = 0x3FFFFFFF). For all other masters, any subset of the DDR addresses can be used.

Solution

MicroBlaze can only access the upper half of the DDR address range since:

-The reset vector of MicroBlaze is fixed at address 0x0000_0000.
-Most MicroBlazetopologiesuselocal BlockRAM (LMB) to store reset and other exception vectors for minimum latency.
-The default PS DDR/OCM addressrange includes 0x0000_0000.
-EDK requires 2^n address alignment for address ranges.

Thus most MicroBlaze designs that intend to access the PS DDR range will need to modify the relevant PS AXI interface address range to the upper half of DDR. This can be acheived by modifying the associated BASEADDR parameter in the Address tab of the System Assembly View.

Note that if LMB is not used to host address 0x0000_0000, this restriction does not apply and the full DDR address range may be used.

Linked Answer Records

Master Answer Records

Answer Number Answer Title Version Found Version Resolved
52540 Zynq-7000 AP SoC - Frequently Asked Questions N/A N/A
AR# 47167
Date Created 05/07/2012
Last Updated 10/24/2012
Status Active
Type Error Message
Devices
  • Zynq-7000
Tools
  • EDK - 14.1
IP
  • Microblaze