Xilinx Zynq Design with Simulink

Develop Zynq-based applications through simulation and code generation

The Zynq ® Design Package makes it easier for you to program the Zynq platform. It provides a framework for integrated hardware/software design, simulation, and verification. This makes it easier to integrate Model-Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink (3:17) into your workflow, which enables fast design iteration cycles and helps you to detect and correct design and specification errors early.

The Zynq Design Package provides you with a guided workflow for hardware/software codesign including software interface modeling. It includes HDL and C code generation to eliminate hand coding errors and provide for rapid deployment on hardware.

A simple system implementing an up/down counter on the programmable logic (PL) inside Zynq is used to demonstrate the workflow. The processing system (PS) controls the speed and direction of the count. The top-level design is illustrated in figure 1. The example system videos to the right show how to run this system on a ZedBoard.

Figure 1. Design an LED blinking system using an IP core generation workflow.

The Zynq Design Package contains:

  • MATLAB® – Perform numerical computation, visualization, and programming in this high-level language and interactive environment
  • Simulink® – Perform multidomain simulation and Model-Based Design in this block-diagram environment
  • Fixed-Point Designer™ – Convert floating-point algorithms to fixed-point for FPGA implementation
  • HDL Coder® – Generate readable, synthesizable VHDL® and Verilog® code from Simulink models, MATLAB functions, and Stateflow charts
  • DSP System Toolbox™ – Generate algorithms for the design and simulation of signal processing systems
  • Signal Processing Toolbox™ – Develop industry-standard algorithms and apps for analog and digital signal processing
  • MATLAB Coder™ – Generate C and C++ code from MATLAB
  • Simulink Coder™ – Generate and execute C and C++ code from Simulink diagrams, Stateflow® charts, and MATLAB functions
  • Embedded Coder® – Generate readable, compact, and fast C and C++ code for use on embedded processors