Development kit jump starts designs
A new Avnet development kit called the ZUBoard 1CG, based on the newest member of the AMD-Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC family, will be on display at the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara (May 17-19).
This kit features the lowest cost member of the AMD-Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, enabling engineers to jump-start their design work.
The kit will enable engineers to learn the basics of the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC architecture and the Vivado ML and Vitis development environments.
Experienced engineers can design complex prototypes for artificial intelligence and machine learning, adding any necessary hardware through the SYZYGY and Click Board interfaces.
The board features three SYZYGY sites, one Click Board site and 45W of input power, exposing 87 free I/O and four PS GTR transceivers.
This allows for extensive proof-of-concept opportunities through add-on boards. Example designs and a Linux board support package (BSP) are provided to accelerate an engineer’s design.
In addition, complex circuit and layout examples for Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC power, LPDDR4, Ethernet and USB design are also provided.
The kit will allow developers to evaluate some of the key features of the Zynq UltraScale+MPSoC device, including the powerful Arm Cortex-A53 and Arm Cortex-R5F based processing subsystem for analytics and complex decision making, the on-chip memory which helps eliminate system performance bottlenecks, the DSP blocks for offloading compute intensive applications and the ample programmable fabric with 81K system logic cells enabling adaptable hardware for an assortment of additional functions.
“We are excited to be collaborating with Avnet on their ZUBoard 1CG Development Kit featuring our Zynq UltraScale+ ZU1CG device – the smallest, lowest power, and most cost-optimised member of the Zynq UltraScale+ family,” said Evan Leal, director of Product Marketing for Cost Optimised Silicon products at AMD-Xilinx. “This kit will give any developer a jump-start towards building their own ZU1CG MPSoC-based end systems like miniaturised, compute-intensive edge applications in industrial and healthcare IoT systems, embedded vision cameras, AV-over-IP 4K and 8K-ready streaming, hand-held test equipment, consumer, medical applications and more.”
“This board is ideal for design engineers, software engineers, system architects, hobbyists, makers and even students,” said Bryan Fletcher, technical marketing director, Avnet.“We have provided an advanced and affordable example design with the AMD-Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC, along with 20+ other Avnet suppliers represented on the board.”
Developers can get up to speed quickly on Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC design by using Avnet’s provided resources to learn several example designs.
Avnet’s field resources can also help them utilise this design in their custom developments, helping them avoid common design errors and costly board turns.
The board is available for $159 and can be pre-ordered with shipping estimated in Q4 of 2022.