Build instructions

Source code

The source code for the reference designs is managed on this Github repository:

Note that the repository contains submodules, so it is essential to use the --recursive option when cloning:

git clone --recursive

License requirements

The designs for all of the target boards can be built with the Vivado ML Standard Edition without a license.

Target designs

This repo contains several designs that target the various supported development boards and their FMC connectors. The table below lists the target design name, the camera ports supported by the design and the FMC connector on which to connect the RPi Camera FMC.

Note that there are two target designs for the ZCU106 board: zcu106 and zcu106_hpc0, and the differences are explained in the table below. All target designs except zcu106 require the M.2 M-key Stack FMC as the M.2 adapter for the Hailo-8, with the RPi Camera FMC stacked on top of it.

Target board

Target design

FMC slots used


M.2 adapter for Hailo

M.2 active slots





M.2 M-key Stack FMC




HPC0+HPC1 (note 1)


FPGA Drive FMC Gen4






M.2 M-key Stack FMC

2 (note 3)




2 (note 2)

M.2 M-key Stack FMC





2 (note 2)

M.2 M-key Stack FMC


UltraZed EV carrier




M.2 M-key Stack FMC

2 (note 3)


  1. The zcu106 target design uses the FPGA Drive FMC Gen4 as the M.2 adapter for the Hailo-8. In that design, the FPGA Drive FMC Gen4 connects to HPC1 while the RPi Camera FMC connects to the HPC0 connector.

  2. The pynqzu and genesyszu target designs have video pipelines for only 2 cameras (CAM1 and CAM2 as labelled on the RPi Camera FMC). This is due to the resource limitations of the devices on these boards.

  3. The zcu106_hpc0 and uzev target designs have support for 2x M.2 modules. To use the Hailo demo scripts, at least one of these modules must be the [Hailo-8 M.2 AI Acceleration Module]. The second slot can be used for a second Hailo module, or an NVMe SSD for storage.

Linux only

These projects can be built using a machine (either physical or virtual) with one of the supported Linux distributions.


The build steps can be completed in the order shown below, or you can go directly to the build PetaLinux instructions below to build the Vivado and PetaLinux projects with a single command.

Build Vivado project

  1. Open a command terminal and launch the setup script for Vivado:

    source <path-to-vivado-install>/2022.1/
  2. Clone the Git repository and cd into the Vivado folder of the repo:

    git clone --recursive
    cd zynqmp-hailo-ai/Vivado
  3. Run make to create the Vivado project for the target board. You must replace <target> with a valid target (alternatively, skip to step 5):

    make project TARGET=<target>

    Valid targets are: zcu104, zcu106, zcu106_hpc0, pynqzu, genesyszu and uzev. That will create the Vivado project and block design without generating a bitstream or exporting to XSA.

  4. Open the generated project in the Vivado GUI and click Generate Bitstream. Once the build is complete, select File->Export->Export Hardware and be sure to tick Include bitstream and use the default name and location for the XSA file.

  5. Alternatively, you can create the Vivado project, generate the bitstream and export to XSA (steps 3 and 4), all from a single command:

    make xsa TARGET=<target>

Build PetaLinux project

These steps will build the PetaLinux project for the target design. You are not required to have built the Vivado design before following these steps, as the Makefile triggers the Vivado build for the corresponding design if it has not already been done.

  1. Launch the setup script for Vivado (only if you skipped the Vivado build steps above):

    source <path-to-vivado-install>/2022.1/
  2. Launch PetaLinux by sourcing the bash script, eg:

    source <path-to-petalinux-install>/2022.1/
  3. Build the PetaLinux project for your specific target platform by running the following command, replacing <target> with a valid value from below:

    cd PetaLinux
    make petalinux TARGET=<target>

    Valid targets are: zcu104, zcu106, zcu106_hpc0, pynqzu, uzev. Note that if you skipped the Vivado build steps above, the Makefile will first generate and build the Vivado project, and then build the PetaLinux project.

PetaLinux offline build

If you need to build the PetaLinux projects offline (without an internet connection), you can follow these instructions.

  1. Download the sstate-cache artefacts from the Xilinx downloads site (the same page where you downloaded PetaLinux tools). There are four of them:

    • aarch64 sstate-cache (for ZynqMP designs)

    • arm sstate-cache (for Zynq designs)

    • microblaze sstate-cache (for Microblaze designs)

    • Downloads (for all designs)

  2. Extract the contents of those files to a single location on your hard drive, for this example we’ll say /home/user/petalinux-sstate. That should leave you with the following directory structure:

                              +---  aarch64
                              +---  arm
                              +---  downloads
                              +---  microblaze
  3. Create a text file called offline.txt that contains a single line of text. The single line of text should be the path where you extracted the sstate-cache files. In this example, the contents of the file would be:


    It is important that the file contain only one line and that the path is written with NO TRAILING FORWARD SLASH.

Now when you use make to build the PetaLinux projects, they will be configured for offline build.