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Avnet publishes article that serves as a Buyer’s Guide for its Zynq-based Dev Boards and SOMs

by Xilinx Employee ‎08-29-2017 02:04 PM - edited ‎08-30-2017 05:25 AM (16,984 Views)


Avnet just published an article titled “Zynq SoMs Decrease Customer Development Times and Costs” that provides a brief-but-good buyer’s guide for several of its Zynq-based dev boards and SOMs including the MicroZed (based on the Xilinx Zynq Z-7010 or Z-7020 SoCs), PicoZed (based on the Zynq Z-7010, 7015, 7020, or Z-7030 SoCs), and the Mini-Module Plus (based on the Xilinx Zynq Z-7045 or Z-7100 SoCs). These three boards give you pre-integrated access to nearly the entire broad line of Zynq Z-7000 dual-ARM-core SoCs.



Avnet PicoZed SOM.jpg 


Avnet PicoZed SOM



The article also lists several important points to consider when contemplating a make-or-buy decision for a Zynq-based board including:



  • “Designing the high-speed DDR3 interface for Zynq requires a deep understanding of transmission line theory. The PCB layout calls for matching trace lengths, controlling impedances and using proper termination. If designed improperly, several PCB spins and months of development times can be wasted.”



  • “Avnet jumpstarts Zynq-based software, firmware and HDL development by providing the necessary tools to get started. MicroZed, PicoZed and Avnet’s entire portfolio of Zynq-based SoM have board support packages (BSPs) available.”



Whichever way you choose to go, the Zynq SoC (and the more powerful Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC), give you a unique blend of software-based processor horsepower and programmable-logic that delivers hardware-level performance when and where you need it in your design.



About the Author
  • 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.