GIC Standalone driver


This page gives an overview of scugic driver which is available as part of the Xilinx Vivado and SDK distribution.

Source path for the driver:

Driver source code is organized into different folders. Below diagram shows the scugic driver source organization

-- Doc - Provides the API and data structure details
- Examples - Reference application to show how to use the driver APIs and calling sequence
- Source - Driver source files

Features Supported

Controller/Driver features supported

  • Support for following type of interrupts,
    • Software generated interrupts (SGIs)
    • Shared-peripheral interrupts (SPIs) from PS and PL
    • Private-peripheral interrupts (PPIs)
  • Interrupt prioritization and handling
  • Programming of interrupt routing to one or more processors
  • Enabling and disabling of interrupts.
  • Programming interrupt sensitivity
  • Uni-processor and multiprocessor environments

Known issues and Limitations

Test cases

Scugic example
This example evaluates triggering of interrupts by simulating software generated interrupt.

Scugic low level example

This is an interrupt example which utilizes low level APIs to configure the interrupt



  • Updated tcl to support interrupt ID generation for broader range of HW designs
    having slice/concat/OR gate combinations
  • Updated Makefile for parallel make execution and incremental build support.


  • None


  • Fixed issues in interrupt mapping/un-mapping for AMP use case. Default mapping
    of all interrupts to relevant CPU during initialization has been removed. Now,
    interrupt would be mapped to the CPU, only if request is made to enable that specific
    interrupt ID.


  • No Changes


  • Updated scugic.tcl to add support for util_reduced_vector IP(OR gate) in the interrupt context
  • Fix compilation warning in xscugic_g.c
  • Updated get_psu_interrupt_id proc in scugic.tcl to check if sink pin is connected to any peripheral, to avoid the BSP failure if interrupt pin is connected externally.


  • Updated scugic.tcl to add U suffix for all the macros


  • Added new API XScuGic_Stop to Disable distributor and interrupts in case they are being used only by current CPU. It also removes current CPU from interrupt target registers for all interrupts.
  • Add support for changing GIC CPU master at run time, new API XScugiC_GetCpuId is added to access CpuId
  • Modified the scugic.tcl script to have array size in config table


  • Fixed incorrect modification of interrupt target processor register in XScuGic_InterruptMaptoCpu


  • The Scugic driver tcl is updated to return correct PL ips' interrupt IDs when no interrupt is connected to pl_ps_irq0.
  • Created a new static function DoDistributorInit to simplify the flow and avoid code duplication in xscugic.c. Changes are made for USE_AMP use case for R5. In a scenario (in R5 split mode) when one R5 is operating with A53 in open amp config and other R5 is running baremetal application, the existing code had the potential to stop AMP to work (if for some reason the R5 running the baremetal app tasked to initialize the Distributor hangs or crashes before initializing the Distributor). Changes are made so that the R5 under AMP first checks if the distributor is enabled or not and if not, it does the standard Distributor initialization.

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