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This page provides a list of resources to help you get started using theVersal Prime including pre-built images for Xilinx development boards, tutorials, and example designs. More detailed information can be found by following the links provided on this page.

Whether you're an expert or novice user, the easiest way to get started with a Xilinx development board is to start with a pre-built Linux image for your board.

The pre-built images referenced here are for the Xilinx development boards. These can be loaded on to SD Cards on the Xilinx development boards and you can boot Linux. The Pre-Built Releases Images page includes imagesfor Versal, Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC and Zynq-7000.

PetaLinux Board Support Packages (BSP) and Reference Examples include pre-built boot loaders, system images and bitstreams. Built-in tools allow a single command to deploy and boot these elements to either physical hardware, or to the included full QEMU system emulator. With PetaLinux, developers can have their Xilinx-based hardware booted and running within about 5 minutes after installation; ready for application, library and driver development.

Xilinx provides one development boards for the Versal Versal Prime devices. For more information, the links below take you back to board-specific pages

Each board also comes with a PetaLinux BSP that includes an image, documentation to recreate that image and a design that can be used as a starting point for the hardware user. There is one BSP for each board above. They are called PetaLinux BSPs since the Xilinx PetaLInux tool is used to create these images. The links to them take you back to the PetaLinux Download page at Please note that you will need a login to download these files.

The Embedded Design Tutorial provides an introduction to using the Xilinx® Vivado® Design Suite flow forusing the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC device. The examples are targeted for the Xilinx
ZCU102 Rev 1.0 and Rev 1.1 evaluation boards. The latest versions of the EDT use the Vitis™ Unified Software Platform.

The following is an overview of the embedded software stack for a Versal Prime.

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For system start-up, a Versal™ device must successfully initialize, boot, and configure from a supported boot source.

The Versal™Adaptive SoC has four key system start-up phases,that are independent of the selected boot mode, from boot through life-cycle management:

  • Phase 1: Pre-Boot (PMC hardware), Power-up and Reset
  • Phase 2: Boot Setup (RCU BootROM), Initialization and boot header processing
  • Phase 3: Load Platform (PPU PLM), Boot image processing and configuration
  • Phase 4: Post-Boot (PPU PLM), Platform management and monitoring services

The following sections provide a simplified overview the four phases.

Phase 1 (Pre-Boot) and 2 (Boot Setup) are handled by the Platform Management Controller and RCU BootROM. This goes through the power up sequence and start executing the code in the RCU BootROM. This will select the boot device and validate the boot header. The control is then passed to the PMC Platform Processing Unit (PPU) which loads the Platform Loader and Manager (PLM) code.

For full details please see theVersalAdaptive SoC Technical Reference Manual andVersalAdaptive SoC System Software Developers Guide.

PLM - Platform Management and Boot

During Phase 3 (Load Platform) thePPU executes the PLM software from the PPU RAM. The PLM reads the programmabledevice image and the boot mode properties are setup. The PLM software configures theperipherals, programmable logic, and processing system then completes the initial device boot.The PLM loads the applications and data for the Arm Cortex-A72 and Cortex-R5F processors to various memories specified by the ELF file. These memories include on-board DDR and internal memories, such as OCM and TCM.

For Phase 4 (Post-Boot) thePLM continues to run until the next POR or system reset, and is responsible for post-boot platform management tasks. Post-boot services include DFX reconfiguration, power management, subsystem restart, error management, and safety and security services.

ARM Trusted Firmware

ARM Trusted Firmware (ATF) provides a reference to secure software for ARMv8-A architecture and it provides implementations of various interface standards like PSCI(Power State Coordination Interface) and Secure monitor code for interfacing to Normal world software. Xilinx ARM trusted firmware is based on arm trusted firmware at
Xilinx ARM Trusted Firmware tree will be released and available at

For more information, go to the ATF page.


U-Boot, short for Universal Boot Loader, is an open source, primary boot loader used in embedded devices to boot the device's operating system kernel that is frequently used in the Linux community.Xilinx uses U-Boot as a second stage boot loader in the Zynq Ultrascale+ devices. For more information about U-Boot visit their page at

For more information about U-Boot onVersal Versal Prime devices, go to theU-Bootpage on this wiki.

Hypervisor (Optional)

On the Versal Prime devices, a hypervisor can be used to run more than one virtual machine. There are several hypervisors supported on theVersalVersal Prime devices. The list can be found on the Embedded Software EcoSystem

For more information regarding hypervisor uses on Versal Versal Prime, please see the page.


Since Linux is the primary OS that people start with on theVersal Prime devices, there is more information on it at the Linux page. This includes the two different build tools used to create customer distributions. Xilinx's PetaLinux and Yocto, an open source project that is part of the Linux Foundation. The Linux page also describes how to build your own Linux from the source, and links to information about the Linux drivers that Xilinx provides.

For full information on VersalAdaptive SoC technical details and software development please see the following two documents.

The following link a list of Design Hubs (lists of related documentation) for development on VersalAdaptive SoC devices

The Xilinx Community Forums are places to get answers to questions or search for solutions to problems using Xilinx devices.

The Xilinx Developer site showcases projects using Xilinx products.

The Xilinx tools provide all required tool chains to compile and link applications for Xilinx supported platforms, create and configure hardware designs, and create bitstreams.

Installing the Xilinx Tools

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