The Xilinx University Program is pleased to partner with the ARM University Program to promote the use of Xilinx All Programmable devices and ARM microprocessor technology in universities for teaching and research. A number of joint activities are taking place under this partnership including co-development of Xilinx and ARM teaching and training material, the development of ARM-Xilinx FPGA and SoC Lab-In-a-Box kits, and joint XUP-AUP workshops for academics.
Xilinx devices include the Zynq All Programmable SoC which includes an ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor and Xilinx 7 series FPGA fabric on the same die. The Xilinx Vivado tools support the complete embedded development flow for the Zynq and soft processors in Xilinx devices. KEIL MDK-ARM tools, and the DS-5 development suite are also available and can be used for embedded software development on Xilinx devices.
Free evaluation licenses for the KEIL MDK-ARM are available, and full licenses are included as part of the Lab-In-a-Box kit.
The jointly developed ARM-Xilinx FPGA and SoC Lab-In-a-Box kits will include a Xilinx FPGA or SoC hardware platform, Xilinx Vivado software licenses, KEIL MDK-ARM software licenses, and joint teaching material that can be reused by a professor for their own teaching.
The first ARM-Xilinx FPGA Lab-In-a-Box is based on the Cortex-M0 soft processor and the XUP Xilinx Artix 7 based Nexys 4 development board. There will also be a Zynq based Xilinx-ARM SoC Lab-In-a-Box. For more details, please contact XUP.
Xilinx and ARM will host joint workshops around the world based on the FPGA and SoC Lab-In-a-Box kits. These workshops will include presentations and hands-on labs using the Xilinx Lab-In-a-Box hardware platform.
Lab-In-a-Box is available to purchase, and also via donation. To find out how to apply for a Lab-In-a-Box donation, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.