Recap: Xilinx University Program at FPL 2015 in London

I am back from FPL 2015. In my previous blog post (Workshop about Digilent FPGA Boards at FPL 2015), I promised to share my experiences at the conference. The whole event was great. Mircea (head of Digilent Romania’s engineering team) and I participated to the pre-conference workshops held by Cathal McCabe from Xilinx University Program EMEA. I created a Zynq embedded design project through Vivado and ran that on ZYBO at the workshop. After reading through the workshop materials, I better understand Vivado and how it works.

In the “SDSoC: Building Software-defined Systems-on-Chip with Zynq All-programmable SoCs” workshop, Mircea and I learnt more about the new concept of SDSoC, which provides a C/C++ environment for software engineers and platform developers, allowing them to create and run projects, work with system optimizations, debug, and estimate system performance.

Imperial College London hosted the FPL 2015 in this modern building
Imperial College London hosted FPL 2015 in this modern building.
Mr. Cathal McCabe taught attendees how to use Vivado to create embedded design on Zynq
Mr. Cathal McCabe taught attendees how to use Vivado to create embedded designs on the Zynq chip.
Sean Hong from ARM Worldwide University Program talked about the showcased some demos using ZYBO
Sean Hong from ARM Worldwide University Program talked about showcasing some demos using ZYBO.
Jason Wong, Xilinx Univesity Program (XUP) Worlwide Manager introduced Digilent FPGA board powered by Xilinx 7 series FPGA to attendees in the XUP booth
Jason Wong, Xilinx Univesity Program (XUP)’s worldwide manager, introduced Digilent FPGA boards powered by Xilinx 7-series FPGAs to attendees at the XUP booth.

I was also happy to see how many attendees were excited about the newly released Nexys Video and the upcoming Genesys 2.

At the second day of the event, there was demo night and award ceremony for Open HW Europe organized by Xilinx and sponsored by Digilent, Europractice, and CNFM. Students from Serbia and Germany showcased their innovative projects to educators and other experts in the FPGA field.

I was proud to see people using Digilent boards to make various innovative projects. It was also a thrill to meet Digilent fans and instructors who have adopted Digilent tools for their classes. It’s fun interacting with Digilent board-end users and hear their feedback. I look forward to FPL 2016.

Winning team from Open HW Contest showcased their projects
The winning team from Open HW Contest showcasing their projects.
Patrick Lysaght, director at Xilinx presented prizes to winning teams
Patrick Lysaght, director at Xilinx presented prizes to winning teams.

 

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