Preparing Ubuntu 18.04 for running on Ultra96v2 has five sections

  • Section 1: Preparing SDCard
  • Section 2: Preparing Viviado .xsa file
  • Section 3: Petalinux Project
  • Section 4: Ubuntu rootfs
  • Section 5: Boot Ubuntu 18.04

Section 1: Preparing SDCard

1- Insert the sdcard in the host computer USB port. (Ubuntu 18.04 OS is assumed as the host)

2- Run GParted program to perform the sdcard partitioning. Select the sdcard (e.g., /dev/sdc)

3- Create a new partion with

Label: BOOT
Create as: Primary Partition

4- Assign the rest of the space on the sdcard to a new parttion with

size = <the rest of spapce>
Label: rootfs
Create as: Primary Partition

5- Apply all operations and then the sdcard with two partitions is ready.

Section 2: Prepare Viviado .xsa file

1- In your workspace create a folder called e.g., Ultra96v2-Vitis-Ubuntu

mkdir Ultra96v2-Vitis-Ubuntu
cd Ultra96v2-Vitis-Ubuntu

2-Run Vivado, and create a project, with “Ultra96v2-Vivado” name in the created folder above.

3- Choose the “Ultra96v2 Evaluation Platform” boars in Default part window.

Note: If you cannot see the Ultra96v2 board in the list. Download the corresponding board definition file from here and copy that in the <Vivado installation directory>/data/boards/boardfiles folder. Then, run the Vivado again.

4- Select “Create a Block Design” on the left.

5- Add a Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC to the design space and click on “Run Block Automation”

6- Make sure that “Apply Board Preset” is selected, then press OK

7- Double clock on the ZynqMP IP and configure that as below

8- Add a “Clocking Wizard” IP to the design.

9- Double clock on the clocking wizard IP and select the “Active Low” for the “Reset Type”.

10- Add a “Processor System Reset” IP to the design. Add connection as the following figure .

11- Select “Platform Interfaces” in the Window menue.

12- Click on “Enable platform interfaces” and enable ports in the list as the following figure.

13- Select clk_out_1 as default clock by clocking on is_defaultproperty in the Platform Interface Properties as figure below

14- Write click on design_1 in the Source pannel and “Create HDL Wrapper” for the design. Then generate the design bitstream.

15- to create the xsa file run the following tcl command in the Tcl Console pannel.

write_hw_platform -include_bit ultra96v2.xsa

Section 3: Petalinux Project

1- Go to the Ultra96v2-Vitis-Ubuntu folder (created earlier), and create a petalinux project

petalinux-create -t project --template zynqMP -n ultra96v2-ubuntu-petalinux 

2- Got to the project folder

cd ultra96v2-ubuntu-petalinux

3- Configure the project (note the get-hw-description option refer to the path that contains the generated xsa file by Vivado.

petalinux-config --get-hw-description=../Ultra96v2-Vivado/

4- In the “DTG Settings –>MACHINE NAME”

change template to zcu100-revc

(Note: The Ultra96 was originally called zcu100)

5- In the “DTG Settings –>Kernel Bootargs–>” disable generate boot args automatically” option. then in the “user set kernel bootargs” enter the following arguments

earlycon clk_ignore_unused root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootwait

6- In the “misc/config System Configuration” window, go to “Subsystem AUTO Hardware Settings–>Serial Setting” and change the “psu_uart_0” to “psu_uart_1” and back to the main menu.

7- In the “misc/config System Configuration” window, go to “Image Packaging Configuration–>Root filesystem type” and change the “INITRAMFS” to “EXT (SD/eMMC/QSPI/SATA/USB)”.

8- Configure the kernel by

petalinux-config -c kernel

9- In “Device Drivers–>Generic Driver Options–>Size in Mega Byte” change 256 to 1024

10- To activate the USB network interface select the Realtek RTL8152/RTL8153 Based USB Ethernet Adapter” in “Device Drivers–>Network device support–>USB Network Adapter”

11- Open the “./project-spec/meta-user/recipes-bsp/device-tree/files/system-user.dtsi” file and add following lines.

&sdhci1 {
        max-frequency = <50000000>;
        wilc_sdio@1 {
                compatible = "microchip,wilc3000";
                reg = <0>;
                bus-width = <0x4>;
                status = "okay";

12- create a module for wifi driver

petalinux-create -t modules -n wilc --enable

13- replace the content of the “./project-spec/meta-user/recipes-modules/wilc/” file with (ref)

SUMMARY = "Recipe for building an external wilc Linux kernel module"
LIC_FILES_CHKSUM = "file://${COMMON_LICENSE_DIR}/GPL-3.0;md5=c79ff39f19dfec6d293b95dea7b07891"

inherit module

SRC_URI =  "git://;protocol=http;branch=v15_2"

SRCREV = "01ab7484e0e6b2191c69d7ec7c6e89da5ca51f0f"

DEPENDS += "virtual/kernel"

S = "${WORKDIR}/git/wilc"


12- Build the project by runnig


13- Genrate the BOOT file

petalinux-package --boot  --format BIN --fsbl images/linux/zynqmp_fsbl.elf --u-boot images/linux/u-boot.elf --pmufw images/linux/pmufw.elf --fpga images/linux/*.bit 

14- Copy BOOT.BIN and image.ub into the first sdcard parttion

cp images/linux/BOOT.BIN images/linux/image.ub /media/<username>/BOOT

15- Extract Linux kernel modules from generated rootfs.tar.gz to be used later.

cd images/linux
mkdir tmp
cp rootfs.tar.gz tmp/
cd tmp
tar -zxvf rootfs.tar.gz

Section 4: Ubuntu rootfs

1- Install qemu tool

sudo apt-get install qemu-user-static

2- Go to the Ultra96v2-Vitis-Ubuntu folder created earlier and download the Ubuntu rootfs


3- Copy the Ubuntu rootfs in to the second partition in the sdcard

sudo tar xfvp  ./ubuntu-base-18.04.3-base-arm64.tar.gz -C /media/<username>/rootfs/


4- Copy these config files into the sdcard

sudo cp -av /usr/bin/qemu-aarch64-static /media/<username>/rootfs/usr/bin/

sudo cp -av /run/systemd/resolve/stub-resolv.conf /media/<username>/rootfs/etc/resolv.conf

5- Create these mount points

sudo mount --bind /dev/ /media/<username>/rootfs/dev
sudo mount --bind /proc/ /media/<username>/rootfs/proc
sudo mount --bind /sys/ /media/<username>/rootfs/sys

6- Boot the sdcard rootfs using the qemu

sudo chroot  /media/<username>/rootfs/

7- add a new user and create a password (you can change username and password)

useradd -G sudo -m -s /bin/bash <username>
echo <username>:<password> | chpasswd

8- Install a few software on the sdcard rootfs

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get -y install locales
apt-get -y install dialog perl
apt-get -y install sudo ifupdown net-tools ethtool udev wireless-tools iputils-ping resolvconf wget apt-utils wpasupplicant nano

apt-get -y install kmod openssh-client openssh-server

apt install -y build-essential cmake git

9- Quit the quem by running the “exit” command

10- Perfrom these umount commads

sudo umount  /media/rootfs/dev
sudo umount  /media/rootfs/proc
sudo umount  /media/rootfs/sys

11- Copy Linux kernel modules generated in the previous ??? into sdcard. Go to the petalinix project forlder

cd images/linux/tmp
cp -R lib/modules/4.19.0-xilinx-v2019.2/ /media/<user-name>/rootfs/lib/modules/

12- Copy wifi firmware. Go to the following github and copy files into
/lib/firmware/mchp path in the sdcard rootfs parttion

Section 5: Boot Ubuntu 18.04

1- Connect the board to the netwrok using a USB network adapter

2- Boot the Ultra96v2 board using the sdcard.

3- Run a serial terminal such as screen or putty

screen /dev/ttyUSB1 115200

4- login using generated user and password. Then run the following command to find the USB network adapter properties. In my case the name is enx00e04c34ee4b

ifconfig -a

5- Open the /etc/network/interfaces file for editing

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

6- Add these lines

auto enx00e04c34ee4b
 iface enx00e04c34ee4b inet dhcp

7- Run this command to enable the USB network. Then you should be able to connect to the Internet.

sudo ifup enx00e04c34ee4b

8- In order to set up wifi, two files are required
a) create a text file with the name of wpa_supplicant.conf and the following lines. Don’t forget to insert you wifi ssid and password in the file.


  ssid="your wifi ssid"
  psk="your wifi pssword"

b) Create a textfile called and copy the following lines

cp -rf ./wpa_supplicant.conf /etc/.
modprobe wilc-sdio
ifconfig wlan0 up
wpa_supplicant -dd -Dnl80211 -iwlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -B 
dhcpcd -i wlan0

Note: if needed inatall dhcpd package.

9- Now run the following command to configure wifi.

chmod uog+x
sudo ./