FPGA and SoC modules add punch to processing portfolio

6th November 2018
Mick Elliott

A portfolio of advanced modules based on FPGAs and system-on-chip (SoC) ICs from Trenz Electronic is in stock at RS Components. The ability of FPGAs and other powerful semiconductor devices to perform efficient processing in parallel is becoming very important to meet the demands of applications that are gathering and storing increasing amounts of data – and these are rapidly mounting in number with trends such as the internet of things.

RS has therefore added the Trenz line of easy-to-use development boards and system-on-a-module solutions (SoMs) to help educate engineers and researchers working in industry or academia and get them up and running in a relatively short timeframe.

Targeting use in a range of industrial applications, in addition to many scientific research areas, the Trenz modules are suitable for embedded vision, industrial cameras for monitoring and control, medical instruments, AFM (atomic force microscopy), and ASIC-emulation applications, among many others.

Initial products in the Trenz range available from RS include a series of Xilinx FPGA-based boards, such as a Kintex-7 FPGA module with multi-Gigabit transceivers, an Artix-7 35T FPGA module with dual 100-Mbit Ethernet transceivers, and an Artix-7 based module offering 32MB of Quad SPI Flash memory and a large number of configurable I/Os.

These boards will also shortly be joined by a range of Xilinx Zynq SoC modules and starter kits, including: the ZynqBerry FPGA module, which comes in the Raspberry Pi form-factor and is based on the Zynq-7010 SoC; and the UltraSOM+ module, which integrates the powerful Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC.

"As a long-term customer of RS, we were very satisfied with its customer liaison and support, as well as its large selection of in-stock components and short-delivery times,” said Thorsten Trenz, CEO at Trenz Electronic. “Now, with RS as a distributor of our products, we are confident our customers will benefit as we did.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Trenz Electronic to offer our customers FPGA support and development in their designs,” added Adrian Gurr, RS’ Global Product Group Manager for Semiconductors. “As FPGAs become more complex, these Trenz system-on-chip modules provide easy-to-use components that enable fast integration into customers’ systems.”

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