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nocturnalpea
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MicroZed licensing and IP

Hi,
I'm just starting off with FPGA development and have a few questions I'm hoping someone from the community might be able to answer.
1. I've been doing some reading and there's a constant reference on purchasing IP cores. If I purchase the MicroZed (Z7020) eval kit, in order to use Ethernet or USB, does this mean I would have to pay additional costs (IP) to use the ethernet/usb on top of the kit cost?
2. If the Vivado design suite is node-locked to the Z7020 MicroZed kit, is this effectively the WebPack ediition?
Thank you in advance.

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JFoster
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Hello Nocturnalpea,

Hello Nocturnalpea,

I'd be happy to clarify these issues for you.

1. That would depend on the requirement of your design. Xilinx provides many free IPs. You can find them all preinstalled in Vivado  located at "C:\Xilinx\Vivado\<YOUR VIVADO VERSION>\data\ip" or you can access them by opening a block design in the Vivado GUI and then clicking the Add IP icon which will give you a list of all available free IP. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, you may have to either purchase it from Xilinx or look for an Open Source version of the IP you are looking for. Here is a list of all available IPs Xilinx offers.

https://www.xilinx.com/products/intellectual-property/device-family/nav-...

2. Node-locked refers to the the specific device it is locked to not kit. So if you had a Z7020 Node-Locked license you could use it on MicroZed 7020/PicoZed7020/......all 7020 devices. Now comparing the Vivado Design HL Design Edition to Vivado Webpack. There isn't a hugh difference, they are almost exactly the same. The one thing to watch out for, is that Vivado Webpack it is device limited so it only works with (XC7Z007S - XC7Z7030) zynq devices. So in your case, using the MicroZed 7020 shouldn't be an issue. Here you can find much more information about both Vivado types.

https://www.xilinx.com/products/design-tools/vivado/vivado-webpack.html

--Josh

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nocturnalpea
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Thank you!

Hi JFoster,
 
Thank you very much. I'll take a look at the links too. 
-Ronnie.

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tomtasjohan
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Hello!

Hello!
I'm still a bit confused about this, hope someone can help out!
When looking in the IP Catalog in Vivado WebPACK, in this case the AXI CAN module, it says "Status: Production" and "License: Purchase", and in the description of the module it says "The full version of the CAN core can be purchased and downloaded from the Xilinx IP Center".
To me this implies that there is also a "non-full" version, i.e. cripled.
1. Is the version included in Vivado the cripled version?
2. Is the version included free for all use, even commercial?
3. What is it that I can't do, compared to the purchased full version?
Thanks, Johan

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tomtasjohan
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I got my answer from the

I got my answer from the Xilinx forum so I'll just repost it here in case anyone else have the same question.
 
"Here are the different IP license:

1) Design linking-A Simulation Only - both pre- and post-implementation simulation. No bit file generation. This is node locked or floating. Design linking license comes as a feature  with Vivado license.

2)Hardware Evaluation- Implementation, simulation and bitstream generation. Hardware timeout after 2 to 8 hours. This is also Node locked or floating. This you can generate for 30 days.

3) Full (No source) - Implementation, simulation and bitstream generation.  No hardware timeout. This is also node locked or floating. This is purchased license."

 

So basically this rules out using these parts for my hobby project since I definitely want it to run for longer than 8 hours.

Johan

 

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JFoster
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Hello Johan,

Hello Johan,

You are asking a question in relation to Xilinx IP and tool set.

Please ask your question here at the Xilinx forum as they would be best suited to answer your question.

https://forums.xilinx.com/

Thank you,

Josh

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tomtasjohan
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Will do! Thank you for a

Will do! Thank you for a quick reply! :)