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Virtex.-7 2000T device Xilinx is a leading provider of FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) devices, and provide a comprehensive suite of development tools for FPGA design and development.

The latest Xilinx Xirtex-7 devices (pictured right), are built on a 28nm process and provide up to 2M logic cells, integrated Block RAM, dedicated DSP blocks, multiple gigabit transceivers, x8 PCIe.
Read more about the latest Xilinx devices on the Xilinx webpages

Xilinx Software

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Xilinx Vivado Design Suite: System Edtion and ISE System Edition can be downloaded directly from the Xilinx website:
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License delivery for Europractice sites

EUROPRACTICE site representatives can generate licenses directly from the Xilinx licensing website:
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Site Reps can also delegate responsibility for managing license from the licensing website by adding additional staff as license administrators.

Vivado Design Suite: System Edtion 2013 and ISE 14

Vivado Vivado Design Suite: System Edition (pictured right) is a complete redesign of the Xilinx tool suite.
Vivado was developed from the ground up to improve performance and usability, in particular for large modern FPGA designs. Vivado supports the latest Series 7 Xilinx devices (Virtex, Kintex, Artix) only.
Vivado is recommended for new designs using these devices.

Also included is the Vivado HLS tool, which provides high level synthesis from C/C++/SystemC for series 7 Xilinx devices.

Xilinx ISE Design Suite will continue to be available alongside Vivado to provide support for series 7 devices and older Xilinx devices (Virtex-6, Virtex-5, Virtex-4, Spartan-6, Spartan-3), but will not support the next generation of Xilinx devices. It is expected that ISE will be updated in parallel with Vivado until mid-2013, when ISE will be phased out.

Users requiring support for older Xilinx devices can continue to use ISE indefinitely with current Europractice licenses.

Existing Europractice licenses support both Vivado Design Suite: System Edtion (2012.2 and later) and ISE 14

Vivado Design Suite: System Edtion

Vivado is an Integrated Development Environment for Xilinx FPGA design. It supports core functionality including Simulation, Synthesis, Place and Route, and adds additional tools and features including Vivado High Level Synthesis (previously AutoESL), Power Optimization, ECO, and supports an incremental flow. Vivado also includes PlanAhead, ChipScope and Embedded Development tools (EDK and SDK).
Vivado HLS Previously known as AutoESL, Vivado HLS is a High Level Synthesis tool, allowing synthesis of C/C++/SystemC to RTL.
PlanAhead PlanAhead provides IO pin planning, floor planning and design analysis for complex and high performance FPGA designs.
ChipScope Pro ChipScope allows on-chip debug by providing visibility of internal FPGA signals, including embedded processor buses, for real time verification of FPGA designs.
ChipScope Pro is also compatible with logic analyser hardware from Agilent.
EDK EDK is a development environment for hardware/software co-design based around the PowerPC and MicroBlaze processor cores. A license for the 32-Bit MicroBlaze soft IP is also included as part of this package, which can be used with all Xilinx FPGA families.
System Generator System Generator enables designers to develop high-performance DSP systems for Xilinx FPGAs using MATLAB and Simulink. System Generator, through Simulink, provides a graphical modelling environment for generation of bit-accurate models of FPGA circuits, and automatically generates synthesizable Hardware Description Language (HDL) code. A library of IP for use in Simulink is included with System Generator.

Xilinx ISE System Edition package

ISE System Edition contains a complete suite of FPGA development tools comprising design capture, synthesis, verification and implementation. It includes PlanAhead for IO pin planning, floor planning and design analysis, ChipScope Pro for on-chip debug, EDK and SDK for Embedded development, and System Generator, allowing generation of RTL from DSP designs using MATLAB and Simulink.

Partial Reconfiguration

Partial reconfiguration capability is included in the Xilinx System Edition tools, but requires an additional license to enable it. Partial Reconfiguration licenses are available via donation (free of charge).
If you would like to make a request for Partial Reconfiguration licenses, please contact the Microelectronics Support Centre

Zynq Virtual Platform

A Virtual Platform for the Xilinx Zynq is available from Cadence. A Virtual Platform is a model of a system, typically running on a host PC at 100's - 1000's MIPS, allowing it to be used for software Debug, Development, and Verification.
The same code used on the Virtual Target can be run directly on physical hardware without retargeting.

Virtual Platforms allow:
  • Interactive software debug and verification
  • Complete system visibility and control
  • Enhanced fault injection and metric driven verification

The Zynq Virtual Platform is included with the Cadence Virtual System Platform (VSP) tool. VSP is available through Europractice in the full Cadence IC package, or the Cadence TLM package. The Zynq VP also requires the Imperas simulation tool, M*SIM.

For more information on the Zynq Virtual Platform, please see the Europractice Cadence webpage, and the Europractice Imperas webpage.


Zynq Book

If you have an interest in using Zynq devices as part of your research or teaching, don’t miss out on the Zynq Book, a comprehensive book and tutorial material that can be downloaded free in electronic format. The material is open source for academic use, so you are free to incorporate it into your teaching programme. Printed copies are also available from all good booksellers.

Discover more about the Zynq Book at


Xilinx Hardware from Digilent Zedboard



The ZedBoard is a low-cost development board for the Xilinx Zynq-7000. The board is based on the XC7Z020-CLG484 which combines FPGA fabric with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor The Zedboard comes with a 4 GB SD card, and boots Linux out of the box.
Resources on the board include: 512 MB DDR3 memory; 256 Mb Quad SPI Flash; 4 GB SD Card Included; 10/100/1000 Ethernet; USB OTG (Device/Host/OTG); USB UART; HDMI, VGA out; 128 x 32 OLED; 9 LEDs; 8 Dipswitches; 7 Push buttons.

For more information on the Zedboard, including documentation, design examples and user forum, please see:

For hardware and software prices, please see the Europractice Xilinx Price list

For further information on hardware, please contact the Microelectronics Support Centre
Please note that the EUROPRACTICE Software Service aims to maintain a small stock of these boards for shipment on receipt of order. Sites ordering these boards should receive them ahead of any software being ordered.

Xilinx Licensing

Xilinx licenses are generated by the EUROPRACTICE site representative, or authorized user, through the Xilinx website. The site representative/authorized user can generate floating or node-locked license files as required from the pool of unallocated seats. It is not necessary to specify the type of license (floating/node locked) required when placing an order, only the number of seats required.

Please go to Generate Xilinx Licenses to manage your licenses.

Xilinx Ordering

The EUROPRACTICE Software Service place bulk orders with Vendors monthly. In order to be included on the monthly order, Institute orders to EUROPRACTICE must be received at RAL by no later than the 25th day of each month.

Detailed instructions on how to place a EUROPRACTICE software order, how to complete the order forms and the financial procedures that must be followed are given in the Software Order Procedures.


STFC Home page The EUROPRACTICE Software Service is managed by the Microelectronics Support Centre, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK.   You can contact the Microelectronics Support Centre by email:

Last modified: September 7, 2015