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Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU216 Evaluation Kit Brings RF to Everyone

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By Josh Sullivan, Product Line Manager for Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Boards & Kits

 

Xilinx has released the world-class, Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC ZCU216 Evaluation kit, specially built for system architects and RF designers. This revolutionary platform delivers the power of an adaptable radio platform in a power-efficient, high-performance development system with full software programmability.

Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU216 Evaluation kitZynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU216 Evaluation kit

Introducing the New Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU216 Evaluation Kit 

Targeted specifically for 5G wireless, aerospace and defense, and the test and measurement industry, the ZCU216 kit is the ideal platform for rapid prototyping and cutting-edge RF application development in the sub-6GHz range.

The ZCU216 kit delivers high direct RF sampling rates – 16 14-bit RF-ADCs operating at 2.5GSPS and 16 14-bit RF-DACs operating at 10GSPS – with the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU49DR device. It also includes two 4GB DDR4 memories on the ZCU216 evaluation board itself. The ZCU216 evaluation board features various interfaces and connectors to enable a broad range of RF designs with I/O expandability through RFMC 2.0 RF connectors, standard FMC+ interface, SFP28 interfaces, SATA M.2 connector, USB 3.0 connection, and much more.

 

Add-On Cards for Fast Evaluation and Prototyping

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The newly added three add-on cards provide the complete RF development environment for the ZCU216 kit users and allow the user to get up and running straight out of the box.

The XM650 16T16R N79 band loopback add-on card is perfect for those designers who wish to check 16T16R loopback without needing any external cables or connections. The designer is able to check any loopback combination of 1-16 channels from 4.5GHz-5GHz, which is critical for 5G deployments.

The XM655 16T16R breakout add-on card is ideal for in-depth performance measurements with multi-tile synchronization (MTS) capability. With built-in baluns and filters, it enables robust reference design for system architects and RF designers.

The CLK104 RF add-on card allows users to configure an internal (up to 1.2GHz) reference clock and an external RF PLL (up to 10GHz) sampling clock.

 

Comprehensive Development Tools

RF Data Converter Evaluation ToolRF Data Converter Evaluation Tool

A critical component of designing any complex system is offering a comprehensive suite of software tools. Xilinx offers a rich ecosystem of design resources such as the Vivado® Design Suite, the RF data converter evaluation tool, RF analyzer debug tool, and the power advantage tool to facilitate high-application development for any RF project.

The ZCU216 evaluation kit provides an excellent development platform that provides all the tools needed to hit the ground running and jump-start comprehensive RF-class analog designs with greater performance and full customization capability.

 

To find out more on the ZCU216 kit and to order, visit  www.xilinx.com/zcu216.

For more information on Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC, visit www.xilinx.com/rfsoc.

 

10 Comments
yuichiro
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How many amps does user need for AC-Adapter requirement spec for EK-U1-ZCU216-ES1-G?

12V ?A

robertem2k
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Hi,

Where can I find block diagram of "CLK104 RF add-on card"?

Is it possible to configure CLK104 card such that all 16 ADCs and 16 DACs on ZU49DR are driven by the same synchronized clock with the same phase noise?

Thank you very much,

Robert.

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@yuichiro 180W power supply is recommended (15A).

@robertem2kCheck out CLK104 UG1437 on the ZCU216 product page. https://www.xilinx.com/products/boards-and-kits/zcu216.html#documentation. Also, it is possible to configure a CLK104 RF clock add-on card for your use case.

yuichiro
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Thank you for your honest reply.

Would you let me know the AC Adapter part number and supplier name for EK-U1-ZCU216-ES1-G?

 

shekhar_sk6
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@xtech-blogs 

How would you configure CLK104 if two ZCU216 boards are used for 32 CH ADC and 32 CH DAC sampling without phase mismatch ?

Could you provide a block diagram representation ?

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@shekhar_sk6 

Thank you for reading our blog.

You can use the same external clock source (i.e. 10MHz signal generator) to J11 SMA of the below CLK104 add-on card with the same length cables. Then, use TICSpro software to re-configure the LMK04828 input reference to CLK_In0. Both CLK104 on ZCU216 has the same phase clock source and generate all the RF CLK outputs with the same phase.

 

shekhar_sk6
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By following system calibration and using MTS, will we able to achieve <5degree of phase accuracy among all 32CH of ADC, when using the below spec signal

• Centre Freq: 1280MHz
• B/W: 25MHz
• Sample Rate: 1360MHz

Satyajit_Sahoo

@xtech-blogs Can we observe Nyquist Zone 2 (or higher) in DAC generation /ADC Acquisition window in RF DC Evaluation Tool v2020.2 ?

Test Setup: DAC-ADC Loopback (1-4 GHz) in XM655 add on card along with CLK104 board connected to ZCU216 Evaluation board. 

Tried DAC tile configuration>>RF Converter settings>>Nyquist Zone>> Zone 2 for generation and ADC tile config>>RF converter setting>>Nyquist Zone>> Zone 2 for acquisition.

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@shekhar_sk6 

According to DS926 datasheet, below table shows that RFSoC MTS spec is less than +/- Ts for all 16T16R channels.

RF converter clocking characteristics.png

 

 

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@Satyajit_Sahoo 

For the evaluation tool, the analysis screen is shown on Nyquist zone 1. The theory is that all the higher (2, 3, 4…) Nyquist zones will be folded back to Nyquist zone 1.