Aldec’s TySOM family of supports Xilinx PYNQ

8th December 2020
Alex Lynn

Aldec has added PYNQ Python Productivity for Zynq from Xilinx to its TySOM family of Xilinx Zynq SoC based boards and its TySOM Embedded Development Kit. The Xilinx PYNQ framework (pronounced ‘pink’) is the popular open source platform that is enabling software engineers to develop applications for Xilinx SoC and MPSoC devices with reduced reliance on support from hardware engineers.

The popularity and ease of use of the open-source high-level programing language Python, at the heart of PYNQ, is making the development of Zynq SoC- and MPSoC-based applications significantly easier for both hardware and software engineers alike.

“The ability to use the high-productivity scripting language Python is one of the main enablers for making Xilinx devices more accessible to designers without a hardware background,” commented Zibi Zalewski, General Manager of Aldec’s Hardware Division. “With the recent PYNQ image developed for TySOM, SoC designers can now develop their PYNQ-based applications using our TySOM embedded development boards.”

TySOM, Aldec’s broad family of Zynq SoC- and MPSoC-based embedded development boards – plus the TySOM embedded development kit (which includes Aldec’s Riviera-PRO advanced verification platform) – supports all PYNQ’s high-level features.

The PYNQ image developed by Aldec for TySOM enables:

  • Software developers to program applications on PYNQ-enabled Zynq platforms much more productively by abstracting them from the details of programable logic.
  • System architects who want to create a rapid prototype for their Zynq based project.
  • Hardware designers to more productively design platforms which can be reused not only by engineers who have the knowledge of FPGAs, but also by a much larger community of systems and application developers.

Patrick Lysaght, Senior Director, University Program and Research Labs, Xilinx, said: “PYNQ is an open source framework from Xilinx Research Labs which uses Python, JupyterLab and Jupyter notebooks. It makes developing applications on Xilinx Zynq and ZynqUltraScale+ devices easier and more productive.

“Moreover, PYNQ enables a broad community of application and systems developers, many of whom may have no hardware background, to create high-performance applications using Xilinx Zynq SoCs and MPSoCs. Aldec is a long-standing and highly respected technology partner and we are excited that Aldec's TySOM embedded development boards now support PYNQ.”

TySOM board can be easily programmed in Jupyter Notebook using Python. With PYNQ designers can use hardware libraries also called overlays on the programable logic. Developers can use the right overlays that matches their application. Aldec provides the PYNQ image for the boards as well as the ‘How To’ tutorial on using them.

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