Goal Frequency scaling on Zynq FPGA
Approach Write to the divider registers in the Zynq
Benefits Changing the FPGA frequency
Credit  This work has been done under the ENPOWER project (funded by EPSRC) at University of Bristol.

The power monitoring library contains a few functions to change the PL or PS frequencies.


To change the PL frequency the following function can be used

u32 pl_frequency_set(int pl_clock, int divisor0, int divisor1);

in which pl_clock variable denote one of the controllable clock frequency in the PL whose value can be


The frequency on the FPGA is determined by 1000/(divisor0*divisor1) MHz.


#include "set_frequency.h"
#include <string.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[]) {
int divisor0;
int divisor1;

if (argc == 3) {
divisor0 = atoi(argv[1]);
divisor1 = atoi(argv[2]);
printf("new frequency is 1000/(%d*%d) = %f\n", divisor0, divisor1, 1000.0/(divisor0*divisor1));
} else {
printf("The command had no other arguments.\n");
return -1;
pl_frequency_set(FPGA0_CLK, divisor0, divisor1);
pl_frequency_set(FPGA1_CLK, divisor0, divisor1);
pl_frequency_set(FPGA2_CLK, divisor0, divisor1);
pl_frequency_set(FPGA3_CLK, divisor0, divisor1);

The monitoring library can be found at here.