FPGAs

SoC module shortens time to market

23rd October 2020
Mick Elliott

The Mercury XU5 SoC module from Enclustra is a powerful and cost-effective all-rounder.

Based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, it features 6 ARM cores, a Mali 400MP2 GPU (EG/EV variants), up to 10 GByte of extremely fast DDR4 SDRAM, numerous standard interfaces, 178 user I/Os and up to 256,000 LUT4 equivalents.

With two independent memory channels – one on the PS and one on the PL – it achieves memory bandwidths of up to 24 GByte/sec.

The module, with dimensions of just 56 × 54 mm, has 16 GByte eMMC flash memory as well as various standard interfaces, such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, a display port, SATA and SGMII. Both the processing system and the FPGA matrix boast four PCIe Gen2/3 connections.

System-on-Modules (SOMs) like the Mercury XU5 help to reduce time-to-market and development risks.

SOMs offer many advantages over chip-down designs.

The high production quantity of off-the-shelf FPGA or SoC modules reduce their cost and at the same time provides a proven and reliable solution.

Since different pin-compatible modules are available in the same form factor, a product can be easily equipped with a more powerful module if needed.

Thanks to the high functional density of the FPGA modules, the complexity of the base board is also reduced, making it faster and less expensive to develop.

In combination with the Mercury+ ST1 or Mercury+ PE1 base boards, the Mercury XU5 constitutes a powerful development and prototyping platform that helps to reduce time-to-market even further.

Enclustra also offers a comprehensive ecosystem, offering all of the hardware, software (Linux Board Support Package/BSP) and support materials required.

Detailed documentation and reference designs make it easy to get started, in addition to the user manual, user schema, a 3D-model, PCB footprint and differential I/O length tables.

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