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Release Information

The Avnet Zynq device with Wind River Pulsar Linux includes software and hardware features as part of the release.

Device Containers

Wind River Pulsar Linux is a minimal footprint operating system designed to provide system and application functionality through the use of containers. This includes required and baseline containers. The baseline container is the one that your device boots into.

Required Containers

Each Pulsar Linux device includes the following required containers to provide basic system functionality:

  • cube-dom0

  • cube-essential

Baseline Container

In addition to the required containers, the following baseline container provides device-specific functionality:

  • cube-server

For additional information on containers, see the Wind River Pulsar Linux System Administration Guide: System Architecture Overview.

Hardware Features

Wind River Pulsar Linux has been validated with the listed hardware for the Avnet Zynq devices. For other device-specific information, refer to the device manufacturer's documentation.
Validated Memory Devices

Type of Memory Device


micro SD memory card

Typically, 8 GB or larger cards with 30 MB/s or higher write speed ratings are preferred for use with this device.

The micro SD memory card should be a class 10 or UHS-II device for high performance. It should also have sufficient space to hold the image plus enough surplus to leave a reasonable amount for applications to be added, for system log files, and for expansion due to system updates.

Slower devices can be used, down to class 2, but the result is slower system performance. Because the boot files, kernel, applications, and all other files are kept on the micro SD card, the performance of the micro SD card has a significant impact on the overall system performance.

Smaller capacity micro SD devices can be used, down to 2 GB when creating custom bootable images but the result is less space available for applications, log files, and future upgrades.

Wind River has successfully used the following micro SD memory cards:
  • 8 GB Delkin Devices micro SD card, PN S408ALXUW-CX000-3

  • 16 GB SanDisk Pixtor UHS-I micro SD card, PN SDSDQUAN-016G-G4A

  • 16 GB Kingston Flash memory card UHS Class 1/Class10 microSDHC UHS-I, PN SDC10G2/16GBSP

Validated Hardware Features




  • I2C — On-chip I2C controller

  • QSPI — On-chip Quad-SPI flash controller

  • SPI — On-chip SPI controller

  • PCIe — On-Chip PCIe controller (for the Avnet Mini-ITX board)


  • GEM — On-chip Gigabit Ethernet controller

  • PHY
    • For the Avnet Mini-ITX board — 88e1510

    • For the Avnet MicroZed and PicoZed boards —88E1512


  • QSPI NOR Flash
    • For the Avnet Mini-ITX board — Spansion s25FL129P1 with a capacity of 256 MB

    • For the Avnet MicroZed and PicoZed boards — Spansion S25FL128S with a capacity of 128 MB

  • SD/MMC — On-chip SD peripheral controller


  • USB Host — On-chip USB 2.0 EHCI host controller


  • Audio

    • For the Avnet Mini-ITX board — HDMI codec

    • For the Avnet Mini-ITX board — ADAU1761 codec

Miscellaneous devices

  • GPIO — On-chip general purpose I/O peripheral

  • RTC
    • For the Avnet Mini-ITX board — DS1337

  • SWDT — On-chip system watchdog timer

  • XADC — On-chip analog-to-digital converter

  • HDMI
    • For the Avnet Mini-ITX board — ADV7511 HDMI transmitter

  • UART — On-chip UART

Not Validated Hardware Features



Miscellaneous devices

  • Devices fanned out from PL other than some listed in the Validated Hardware Features table in this topic


  • DRM

  • UIO — Mostly fanned out from PL

Validated Zynq-based SoMs

Board Name


Avnet PicoZed

  • Processors
    • Zynq XC7Z010

    • Zynq XC7Z015

    • Zynq XC7Z020

    • Zynq XC7Z030

  • Board revision
    • CPU board — Rev C

    • Base board — MBCC-PZCC-PCB-C

  • Boot loader and version — U-Boot 2014.07

Avnet MicroZed

  • Processors
    • Zynq XC7Z010

    • Zynq XC7Z020

  • Board revision — REV F01

  • Boot loader and version — U-Boot 2014.07

Avnet Mini-ITX

  • Processors
    • Zynq XC7Z045

    • Zynq XC7Z100

  • Board revision
    • CPU board — Rev C

    • Base board — Mini-ITX-7Z-PCB-E

  • Boot loader and version — U-Boot 2014.07

Installed Packages

With Pulsar Linux, the software packages included with your device are managed using the required and baseline containers that comprise your device operating system.

For information on obtaining the list of installed packages on your device, as well as a list of available packages, see the Wind River Pulsar Linux Software Development Guide: Installed and Available Software Packages.

Usage Caveats

Usage caveats that apply to all Pulsar Linux devices are maintained in the Wind River Pulsar Linux Release Notes: Usage Caveats.

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