ISE® Design Suite is the Industry-proven solution for Xilinx programmable devices including 7 series (and pre-7 series devices) and Zynq™-7000 SoC. It is available in three editions:

  • ISE WebPack Edition
  • ISE Embedded Edition
  • ISE System Edition

The capabilities, limitations, and system requirements for the above editions can be found here.

Students can download the WebPack Edition free of charge from here and generate a license, free of charge, for use at home on their own machine. Professors and researchers can also download the WebPack Edition to get acquainted with the suite. For teaching and research purpose, Embedded Edition or System Edition is often needed by professors and researchers. Xilinx University Program offers the full System Edition for purchase or donation. The Embedded Edition is NOT currently offered in the XUP donation program however it can be purchased at an academic discount price.


XUP has developed number of workshops using ISE Design suite. These workshops are typically two days long. All workshop materials are in English and consist of presentation slides and lab documents. Professors source documents and can freely use the presentation material in their classroom for teaching purpose. They can modify, exclude slides they find irrelevant to their course objectives, and add supplementary material.   Thus they can extend the usability to a semester or quarter long period.

The lab source files are available for the students to carry out the labs.  Lab solutions are only available to the professors.

Title Level Boards Versions
FPGA Design Flow Introductory Atlys, Nexys3, XUPV5, Genesys, S3E Kit 13.x, 12.x
DSP Design Flow Introductory Atlys, XUPV5, S3E Kit 14.x, 13.x, 12.x
Embedded System Design Flow on Zynq Introductory ZedBoard 14.2
Embedded System Design Flow on MicroBlaze Introductory Atlys, Nexys3, XUPV5, Genesys, S3E Kit 14.2, 13.x, 12.x
High-Level Synthesis Flow on Zynq Introductory ZedBoard 14.2
High-Level Synthesis Flow on MicroBlaze Introductory Atlys 14.x, 13.x
Advanced Embedded System Design on Zynq Intermediate ZedBoard 14.4
DSP Primer Intermediate ZedBoard, Atlys 14.4
Embedded Linux on MicroBlaze Intermediate Atlys 14.2
Partial Reconfiguration Flow Intermediate ML605, XUPV5, Genesys 14.2, 13.x, 12.x
Course Materials

XUP Developed Teaching Material

Teaching Material Developed at Other Institutions

Coming Soon!

Boards & Kits

A number of boards and kits are available which can be targeted using ISE Design Suite.

Boards used in XUP workshops:

Xilinx development boards:

Board Partners