Change Log

Version 2.5.1

Updates to PYNQ since the last release include:

  • Alveo and AWS F1 Support
    • Alveo platforms and AWS F1 instances are now supported
    • IP dictionary and Overlay classes support xclbin metadata parsing
    • Live Alveo power monitoring added
    • Vitis kernel signatures delivered with loaded xlcbin files
    • AWS F1 awsxclbin files are supported
  • Productivity Additions
    • PYNQ is now on PYPI and can be installed using pip install pynq
    • PYNQ can be installed on x86 machines to support attached Alveo platforms or AWS F1 instances
    • pynq.utils added for dependent packages to install notebooks and bitstreams
    • pynq._cli added for new commandline calls to collect and deliver notebooks
    • JupyterLab views of bitstream metadata dictionaries added
  • SD Build Updates
    • Support added for building sdcard images from Ubuntu 18.04 host machines
  • No new SD Card images were created for this release

Version 2.5

  • Image releases:
    • pynq_z1_v2.5
    • pynq_z2_v2.5
    • zcu104_v2.5
    • zcu111_v2.5

Within those image files, PYNQ v2.5 is already installed. Updates to PYNQ since the last release include:

  • Productivity Additions
    • Updated to JupyterLab 1.1.3
    • JupyterLab extensions support added
    • Support for multiple memories using mem_dict entries
    • Support for Device Tree Overlays delivered with PL overlays
    • Support for custom PL device communication using the Device metaclass
  • Programmable Logic Updates
    • All bitstreams built using Vivado 2019.1
    • XRT Support added (beta)
  • Repository Updates
    • Jenkins CI added
    • Sdist support added (removing all binaries from the repository)
  • SDBuild Updates
    • Boot partition built on Petalinux 2019.1

Version 2.4

  • Image releases:
    • pynq_z1_v2.4
    • pynq_z2_v2.4
    • zcu104_v2.4
    • zcu111_v2.4

Documentation updated 22 Feb 2019

  • Board Additions
    • RFSoC support added in the new ZCU111-PYNQ repository
  • Programmable Logic Updates
    • All bitstreams built using Vivado 2018.3
    • Partial reconfiguration support added (beta)
    • Expanded metadata parsing using the Vivado hwh files
  • SDBuild Updates
    • Boot partition built on Petalinux 2018.3
    • SDSoC 2018.3 support added
    • Vagrant configuration file for users building their own SDCard images
    • Yocto recipes added for including PYNQ in Petalinux root filesystems

Version 2.3

  • Image releases:
    • pynq_z1_v2.3
    • pynq_z2_v2.3
    • zcu104_v2.3

Documentation updated 7 Sep 2018

  • Architecture Additions
    • Zynq UltraScale+ (ZU+) support added
  • Board Additions
    • ZCU104 support added
  • Programmable Logic Updates
    • All bitstreams built using Vivado 2018.2
    • Initial support for DSA generation and PL parsing added
    • Removed custom toplevel wrapper file requirement
  • SDBuild Updates
    • Root filesystem based on Ubuntu 18.04
    • Boot partition built on Petalinux 2018.2
    • SDSoC 2018.2 support added
    • Added fpga_manager support for Zynq and ZU+
    • AWS Greengrass kernel configuration options added
    • Custom board support updated
  • New PYNQ Python Modules
    • Added ZU+ DisplayPort
    • Added PMBus power monitoring
    • Added uio support
    • Added AXI IIC support
  • New Microblaze Programming Notebooks
    • Added arduino ardumoto, arduino joystick, grove usranger notebooks

Version 2.2

Image release: pynq_z2_v2.2

Documentation updated 10 May 2018

  • Board Additions
    • PYNQ-Z2 support added
  • New Microblaze Subsystems
    • Added RPi Microblaze subsystem, bsp and notebooks
  • New IP
    • Added audio with codec support

Version 2.1

Image release: pynq_z1_v2.1

Documentation updated 21 Feb 2018

  • Overlay Changes
    • All overlays updated to build with Vivado 2017.4
    • Hierarchical IPs’ port names refactored for readability and portability
    • The IOP hierarchical blocks are renamed from iop_1, 2, 3 to iop_pmoda, iop_pmodb, and iop_arduino
    • The Microblaze subsystem I/O controllers were renamed to be iop agnostic
  • Base Overlay Changes
    • The onboard switches and LEDs controlled are now controlled by two AXI_GPIO IPs.
    • The 2nd I2C (shared) from the Arduino IOP was removed
  • IP Changes
    • IP refactored for better portability to new boards and interfaces
    • IO Switch now with configuration options for pmod, arduino, dual pmod, and custom I/O connectivity
    • IO Switch now with standard I/O controller interfaces for IIC and SPI
  • Linux changes
    • Updated to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial)
    • Updated kernel to tagged 2017.4 Xilinx release.
    • Jupyter now listens on both :80 and :9090 ports
    • opencv2.4.9 removed
  • Microblaze Programming
    • IPython magics added for Jupyter programming of Microblazes
    • Microblaze pyprintf, RPC, and Python-callable function generation added.
    • New notebooks added to demonstrate the programming APIs
  • Repository Changes
    • Repository pynqmicroblaze now a package to support Microblaze programming
  • Pynq API Changes
    • Audio class renamed to AudioDirect to allow for future audio codec classes
  • New Python Packages
    • netifaces, imutils, scikit-image
  • Device Updates
    • Removed version-deprecated Grove-I2C Color Sensor

Version 2.0

Image release: pynq_z1_v2.0

Documentation updated: 18 Aug 2017

  • Overlay changes
    • New logictools overlay
    • Updated to new Trace Analyzer IP in the base overlay
  • Repository Changes
    • Repository restructured to provide better support for multiple platforms
    • Repository now supports direct pip install
      • is now deprecated
  • PYNQ Image build flow now available

  • Pynq API Changes
    • pynq.lib combines previous packages: pynq.board, pynq.iop, pynq.drivers

    • The pynq.iop subpackage has been restructured into lib.arduino and lib.pmod

      For example:

      from pynq.iop import Arduino_Analog

      is replaced by:

      from pynq.lib.arduino import Arduino_Analog
    • Overlay() automatically downloads an overlays on instantiation by default. Explicit .download() is not required

    • DMA driver replaced with new version

      The buffer is no longer owned by the DMA driver and should instead be allocated using Xlnk.cma_array. Driver exposes both directions of the DMA engine. For example:

      send_buffer = xlnk.cma_array(1024, np.float32)
      # wait dma.wait_async() also available in coroutines
    • New Video subsystem with support for openCV style frame passing, color space transforms, and grayscale conversion

    • New PynqMicroblaze parent class to implement any PYNQ MicroBlaze subsystem

    • New DefaultIP driver to access MMIO, interrupts and GPIO for an IP and is used as the base class for all IP drivers

    • New DefaultHierarchy driver to access contained IP as attributes and is used as the base class for all hierarchy drivers

    • New AxiGPIO driver

  • Linux changes
    • Addition USB Ethernet drivers added
    • Start-up process added to systemd services
  • New Python Packages
    • cython
  • IP changes
    • Updated Trace Analyzer, deprecated Trace Buffer
    • Updated Video subsytem with added HLS IP to do color space transforms, and grayscale conversion
    • Added new logictools overlay IP: Pattern Generator, Boolean Generator, FSM Generator
  • Documentation changes

Version 1.4

Image release: pynq_z1_image_2016_02_10

Documentation updated: 10 Feb 2017

  • Xilinx Linux kernel upgraded to 4.6.0
  • Added Linux Packages
    • Python3.6
    • iwconfig
    • iwlist
    • microblaze-gcc
  • New Python Packages
    • asyncio
    • uvloop
    • transitions
    • pygraphviz
    • pyeda
  • Updated Python Packages
    • pynq
    • Jupyter Notebook Extension added
    • IPython upgraded to support Python 3.6
    • pip
  • Other changes
    • Jupyter extensions
    • reveal.js updated
    • wavedrom.js
  • Base overlay changes
    • IOP interface to DDR added (Pmod and Arduino IOP)
    • Interrupt controller from overlay to PS added. IOP GPIO connected to interrupt controller.
    • Arduino GPIO base address has changed due to merge of GPIO into a single block. arduino_grove_ledbar and arduino_grove_buzzer compiled binaries are not backward compatible with previous Pynq overlay/image.
  • Pynq API/driver changes
    • TraceBuffer: Bit masks are not required. Only pins should be specified.
    • PL: pl_dict returns an integer type for any base address / address range.
    • Video: Video mode constants are exposed outside the class.
    • Microblaze binaries for IOP updated.
    • Xlnk() driver updated, with better support for SDX 2016.3. Removed the customized Xlnk() drivers and use the libsds version.
  • Added new iop modules
    • arduino_lcd18
  • Added Notebooks
    • audio (updated)
    • arduino_lcd (new)
    • utilities (new)
    • asyncio (new)
  • Documentation changes
    • New section on peripherals and interfaces
    • New section on using peripherals in your applications
    • New section on Asyncio/Interrupts
    • New section on trace buffer

Version 1.3

Image release: pynq_z1_image_2016_09_14

Documentation updated: 16 Dec 2016

  • Added new iop modules to docs
    • Arduino Grove Color
    • Arduino Grove DLight
    • Arduino Grove Ear HR
    • Arduino Grove Finger HR
    • Arduino Grove Haptic motor
    • Arduino Grove TH02
    • Pmod Color
    • Pmod DLight
    • Pmod Ear HR
    • Pmod Finger HR
    • Pmod Haptic motor
    • Pmod TH02
  • Added USB WiFI driver