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Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC takes top spot in IET Innovation Awards’ Communications Category—sort of

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During a gala black-tie ceremony held on November 15 at The Brewery in central London, the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC won the top spot among the six competitors in the IET Innovation Awards’ Communications Category—although you might not figure that out to read the citation on the E&T Magazine Web site:


  • Communications: Xilinx, for its single-chip 5G antenna interface device that dramatically reduces the size, power and complexity of traditional antenna structures.


Note: E&T is the IET's award-winning monthly magazine and associated website.



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Xilinx’s Giles Peckham (center) accepts the IET Innovation Award in the Communications Category for the

Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC from Professor Will Stewart (IET Communications Policy Panel, on left) and

Rick Edwards (Awards emcee, television presenter, and writer/comic, on right). Photo courtesy of IET.




Classifying the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC device family, with its integrated multi-gigasample/sec RF ADCs and DACs, soft-decision forward error correction (SD-FEC) IP blocks, UltraScale architecture programmable logic fabric, and Arm Cortex-A53/Cortex-R5 multi-core processing subsystem as an “antenna interface device,” even a “Massive-MIMO Antenna Interface” device, sort of shortchanges the RFSoC in my opinion. The Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC is a category killer for many, many applications that need “high-speed analog-in, high-speed analog-out, digital-processing-in-the-middle” capabilities due to the devices’ extremely high integration level, though it most assuredly will reduce the size, power, and complexity of traditional antenna structures as cited in the IET Innovation Awards literature. There's simply no other device like the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC on the market, as suggested by this award. (If you drill down to here on the IET Innovation Awards Web page, you’ll find that the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC was indeed Xilinx’s IET Innovation Awards entry in the communications category this year.)



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Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Conceptual Diagram





The UK-based IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with more than 168,000 members in 150 countries and so winning one of the IET’s annual Innovation Awards is an honor not to be taken lightly. This year, the Communications category of the IET Innovation Awards was sponsored by GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), the UK’s intelligence and security organization responsible for providing signals intelligence and information assurance to the UK’s government and armed forces. 


For more information about the IET Innovation Awards and to see all of the various categories, click here for an animated brochure.




For more information about the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC, see:











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