Linux Soft PCIe Driver

This page gives an overview of AXI PCIe Root Complex driver for the Xilinx AXI PCIe Soft IP, which is available as part of the Zynq and Microblaze Linux distributions.

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PCI Express (abbreviated as PCIe) is the newest bus standard designed to replace the old PCI/PCI-X and AGP standards. PCIe is used in servers, consumer, and industrial applicatios either as a motherboard-level interconnection to link peripherals or as an expansion card interface for add on boards. The latest PCIe IP released by XILINX (axi_pcie_v2_7) could be configured at hardware build time either as a root port or as an end point. The support for Root Port configuration has been integrated with the latest Zynq as well as Microblaze Linux Kernel. This PCIe core supports the Zynq and 7-series Device family. This page mainly discusses the Root Port driver and an example end point driver is demonstrated in TRD release with links pointed at the end of this page. For more information about AXI PCIe IP, please refer to documentation provided in the "Related Links" section.

Hardware Setup

The hardware setup is identically same for both Zynq and Microblaze platforms. The following figure shows how the Zynq board is configured to use the PCIe,

For Microblaze platform, the board should be replaced with a 7-series board.

FMC to PCIe Daughter card should be connected to one of the FMC connector slot either HPC/LPC based on the HW design. The FMC card information can be found at,

Tested End Point cards:
1. Broadcom PCIe NIC card
2. Realtek NIC card

Root Port Driver Configuration

Starting from 2015.4 there is unified Root Port driver for Zynq and Microblaze platforms. Earlier to 2015.4 there are two separate drivers for Zynq and Microblaze. The unified driver support PCIe MSI feature. The unified driver can be found here,

For Zynq/Microblaze:

The PCI/PCIe subsystem support and Root Port driver is enabled by default in Zynq/Microblaze kernel configuration. The related code is always built with the kernel whether the hardware build includes PCIe IP or not. So, the user does not need to change anything in the configuration files to bring in PCIe support into Zynq/Microblaze kernel. There are other "optional" configuration items for configuring PCI/PCIe driver MSI support and those can be configured from "menuconfig" -> Bus options ->Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI and MSI-X).

End Point Driver Configuration

This page demonstrates the Root Port driver using Broadcom NIC Endpoint, for which NIC driver should be enabled in kernel as shown,

For other End point cards, ensure the respective driver is loaded into kernel.

Device Tree binding

The device tree node for AXI PCIe core will be automatically generated, if the core is configured in the HW design, using the Device Tree BSP.

Steps to generate device-tree is documented here,

And a sample binding is shown below and the description of DT property is documented here

Test Procedure

  • Load the linux onto Zynq ZC706 board/Microblaze KC705 board.
  • After successful booting of the linux, will be able to see the Broadcom NIC endpoint driver is been probed. Run the command ‘lspci’ from the user prompt, which shows the the device id and manufacturer id of the Broadcom NIC card. This ensures the enumeration of the device is fine.
  • The Broadcom NIC will show up as an eth0 interface in the linux. Run the command ‘ifconfig eth0 up’ which brings up the Ethernet interface. This step ensures all the memory transactions on the PCIe bus are working.
  • Assign a IP address either static/dhcp. For dhcp, run ‘udhcpc –i eth0’ to lease an IP and then assign the address.
  • Ping to a device of known IP address.
  • Repeat the above steps with MSI supported linux image. This can be checked by observing the increase in MSI interrupts (cat /proc/interrupts).

Kernel Console Output

Driver Initialization for Zynq

Driver Initialization for Microblaze

Broadcom NIC card probing

lspci output

Ethernet Interface

Testing of Ethernet interface

MSI Interrupts Zynq:

MSI Interrupts Microblaze:

Related Links