In an effort to streamline the design process, distributors and suppliers have been teaming to provide kits and boards optimized for specific tasks. Avnet Inc. is now shipping the production-grade ZedBoard, the industry’s first development kit to offer production silicon of the Xilinx, Inc. Zynq-7000 All Programmable (AP) SoC.
“With full production Zynq-7000 AP SoC silicon, design teams using ZedBoard for exploration and prototyping can be assured that they are getting the most accurate results possible,” said Jim Beneke, vice president of global technical marketing for Avnet Electronics Marketing. “Our market has embraced ZedBoard for early design exploration; we look forward to providing our customers with full production silicon quality in our newest version.”
The production-grade ZedBoard offers more than 50 improvements over the original CES – or Commercial temp range, Engineering Sample – grade development kit, including: secure boot, faster SD card boot-up, system clock reset improvements, DDR functional updates, more accurate static power estimates, eliminating single and double bit errors, and a more reliable Ethernet TxDMA. A complete list of updates may be found at http://www.xilinx.com/support/answers/47916.html.
Originally released in July 2012, the original CES ZedBoard kit sold out in a mere nine months and has now been replaced with the production-grade version. ZedBoard is ideal for designers interested in exploring and prototyping their application ideas for the Zynq-7000 AP SoC architecture. For more information, visit the community’s dedicated website: www.ZedBoard.org. Data indicates the website has had a strong following of more than 1,200 visitors a day.
Features of the ZedBoard include:
Xilinx Zynq™ XC7Z020 device
Memory (512 MB DDR3, 256 Mb QSPI Flash, 4 GB SD Card)
On-board USB-JTAG programming
USB OTG 2.0 and USB-UART
PS & PL I/O expansion (FMC, Pmod™, XADC)
Multiple display output capability (1080p HDMI, 8-bit VGA, 128x32 OLED)
I2S Audio Codec
The ZedBoard kit includes the ZedBoard, power supply, USB cable, and pre-configured SD card containing a bootable Linux reference design. ZedBoard.org hosts additional user-created reference designs and projects, enabling the community of Zynq-7000 AP SoC designers to collaborate and share design ideas.
The production-grade ZedBoard is available today from Avnet for $395. To learn more about ZedBoard, go to www.em.avnet.com/zedboard.