A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive a VMK180 development board. This board contains the Versal ACAP Prime VM1802 device along with a range of interfacing solutions from FMC to Ethernet QSFP and SFP. Memory wise, it also has 8GB DDR4 DIMM and 8GB of LPDDR4 which is more than enough to demonstrate many applications.
As I begin to discuss Versal ACAPs in my blogs more, we will take a deeper look at the device architecture and the tool flow in both Vivado and Vitis. For the first blog, however, it seemed sensible to do a quick walk through of how to get a bare metal program up and running so that we can say the traditional “hello world.” Most of the flow itself is very straight forward, however, we will need to learn a lot of new acronyms.