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zhed
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Registered: ‎03-18-2020

How can I use Alveo U50 like a evalueation board for some low level custom design?

Hi,

I want to use U50 hardware to do some low level custom design. But I can not find much descripion about the hardware details. If I use a Xilinx evaluation board for the design, there will be quite a lot documents available guilding me how to use all the hardware components on the board. So can I use U50 just as a evaluation board? Are there documents about the hardware details? Is U50 a good choice for me? I just want to utilize the hardware with traditional Vivado design flow not Vitis design flow. Vitis is easy to use, but I want to customize some low level modules for example DMA.

Thanks.

Zhe 

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JohnFedakIV
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Registered: ‎09-04-2020

Hi @zhed ,

Unlike our evaluation kits, the Alveo accelerator cards (like the U50) are built for production environments and the design is proprietary. So while you can use an accelerator card to evaluate it's own performance, if you are planning to build custom hardware - I would recommend using a traditional evaluation board. This will allow you to build around a device that is the best fit for your requirements. All of our evaluation boards can be found here and searching for PCIe connector will help filter to cards that can connect via PCIe:

https://www.xilinx.com/products/boards-and-kits/see-all-evaluation-boards.html

The hardware details of the accelerator cards will be limited to the documentation on the product page (the U50's page is found here: https://www.xilinx.com/products/boards-and-kits/alveo/u50.html#documentation). 

Regards,
~John

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