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Zynq-based Red Pitaya Open Instrumentation Platform blows past $50K Kickstarter funding goal by 5x

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Earlier this month, Open Instrumentation Platform startup Red Pitaya finished its Kickstarter funding campaign with $256,125 worth of pledges, which is more than 5x greater than the $50K goal and also exceeds the two stated stretch goals. The $300-$400 Red Pitaya is a single-board, open instrumentation platform based on the Xilinx Zynq All Programmable SoC, which combines a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with a heavy-duty set of peripherals and a chunk of Xilinx 7 series programmable logic.


The Zynq SoC serves as an excellent foundation for a wide variety of instruments built from software apps and the Red Pitaya will ship with several: a 2-channel, 14-bit, 125Msamples/sec, digital sampling oscilloscope; a 2-channel, 60MHz spectrum analyzer with a waterfall diagram display; an 2-channel, 125MHz ARB (arbitrary waveform generator); a 2-channel 60MHz frequency response analyzer; and a 2-channel PID (proportional, integral, derivative) controller, which is a generic industrial controller with a sophisticated feedback loop. All of these included instruments are apps and Red Pitaya (the organization, not the instrument platform) is setting up a free app store called the Bazaar where people can provide their open-source instrumentation designs for the Red Pitaya (the instrument platform, not the organization). Apps are stored in an on-board micro SD card.


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Besides the Xilinx Zynq SoC, the Red Pitaya instrumentation platform features two fast, 14-bit, 125Msamples/sec analog inputs; two fast, 14-bit, 125Msamples/sec analog outputs; four 12-bit, 100ksamples/sec analog inputs; four 12-bit, 100ksamples/sec analog outputs; a USB port; and an Ethernet port. Originally, the Ethernet port was planned as a 100Mbps port but because the Kickstarter project blew past the $200K stretch goal, the plan is to upgrade all of the shipped boards with 1Gbps Ethernet ports instead. In addition, the Red Pitaya instrumentation platform has several expansion connectors for adding various types of hardware extension modules that can add analog or digital ports or other capabilities.


Where do you find a team that can dream up something like a Red Pitaya? Working on particle accelerators in Slovenia, of course. The team includes:


  • Aleš Bardorfer - system & software engineer, climber & mountaineer, guitar player
  • Rok Uršič - engineer, project sponsor and mentor, entrepreneur, founder and CEO Instrumentation Technologies
  • Borut Baričevič - RF engineer, team leader, DIY enthusiast
  • Črt Valentinčič - electrical & software engineer, startup-fan, drummer

Here’s the very successful Red Pitaya Kickstarter video pitch:



Note: If you want to know where the name “Red Pitaya” comes from, click here.

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