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Avnet introduces lower-cost PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2 for Zynq-based PicoZed SOM (with hidden Zynq design tips)

by Xilinx Employee ‎05-17-2016 09:58 AM - edited ‎05-17-2016 10:44 AM (42,456 Views)


Avnet has just rolled out its second FMC Carrier Card for the Avnet PicoZed SOM, which is based on a Xilinx Zynq-7000 SoC (a Z-7010, Z-7015, Z-7020, or Z-7030). The $349 PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2 greatly expands the I/O capabilities of the PicoZed SOM with connector interfaces for the on-module Gigabit Ethernet PHY and USB PHY. The carrier card also has a micro SD card and USB-UART. The majority of the Zynq SoC’s programmable-logic I/O pins are brought out to an LPC FMC connector. In addition, an HDMI output port, real-time clock, high-performance clock synthesizer, two MAC ID EEPROMs and several Digilent-compatible Pmod connectors. The four serial transceivers on the 7015 and 7030 SOMs are allocated to a PCIe Gen2 x1 card edge interface, the previously mentioned FMC connector, an SFP+ cage for high-speed optical networking, and general-purpose SMA connectors. You’ll also find an HDMI output port, a real-time clock, and several Digilent-compatible Pmod connectors on the new PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2.


Here’s a block diagram of the PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2:



Avnet PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2 Block Diagram.jpg



$349 Avnet PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2 Block Diagram



The carrier card comes bundled with Wind River Pulsar Linux to speed embedded development, including the development of IoT—particularly industrial IoT (IIoT)—devices. With the FMC expansion connector, you can rapidly develop and prototype many types of embedded systems for vision and video, motor-control, and SDR applications.


Here’s a 5-minute Avnet video to explain things:





Even if you’re not especially interested in a PicoZed carrier card at the moment, it’s worth watching this video for some design tips embedded in it that you’ll find particularly interesting for your own Zynq-based hardware designs. At the 3-minute mark in the video, Avnet Project Engineer Dan Rozwood discusses some interesting specifics of a cost-reduced clocking system designed for this new carrier card based on an IDT programmable-clock IC. You don’t get design tips like this dropped on you every day, so take five minutes to grab this one.



For more information about the Avnet PicoZed SOM, see:


PicoZed: Another clever Zynq-based SOM from Avnet



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  • Be sure to join the Xilinx LinkedIn group to get an update for every new Xcell Daily post! ******************** Steve Leibson is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Planning at Xilinx. He started as a system design engineer at HP in the early days of desktop computing, then switched to EDA at Cadnetix, and subsequently became a technical editor for EDN Magazine. He's served as Editor in Chief of EDN Magazine, Embedded Developers Journal, and Microprocessor Report. He has extensive experience in computing, microprocessors, microcontrollers, embedded systems design, design IP, EDA, and programmable logic.