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FPGA Development Kit Helps Prototype Complex Embedded Designs

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FPGA Development Kit Helps Prototype Complex Embedded Designs

To help embedded designers looking for a fully configurable, high-performance hardware platform for engineering and verifying applications based on the Kintex UltraScale FPGAs from Xilinx, Avnet has released the new Kintex UltraScale FPGA Development Kit. The Avnet-designed Kintex UltraScale development board packages all the functions needed for an embedded processing system.

Available with the Kintex UltraScale XCKU040-1FBVA676 device in a small form factor, the kit enables designers to prototype high-performance systems with ease, while providing expandability and customisation through the FMC HPC expansion slot and PMOD headers.

In addition to the Kintex UltraScale XCKU040 device, the development board features 1GB DDR4 SDRAM, two SFP+ interfaces, dual QSPI Flash memories, HDMI interface, LVDS touch panel interface, two 10/100/1000 Ethernet PHYs, a USB-UART port and system clock. The onboard 10/100/1000 Ethernet and SFP+ ports add networking capabilities, while the FMC HPC expansion slot along with PMOD headers offer versatile interface options.

“The Avnet-designed kit, based on the Kintex UltraScale device, provides an ideal low cost platform for prototyping with the Kintex UltraScale FPGA alongside a high-performance DDR4 memory interface. The onboard interfaces, along with the FPGA/DDR4 sub-system, allow engineers to quickly prototype high-performance embedded systems, including video applications, networking and data processing using the Xilinx MicroBlaze processor”, said Nasser Poureh, director of technology, technical marketing for Avnet Electronics Marketing.

“The Kintex UltraScale Development Kit power design utilizes IR Digital Point-of-Load DC-DC regulators with full PMBus capabilities. These devices enabled Avnet to develop a fully functional solution which includes integrated fault management, full telemetry per rail and options for voltage margining and sequencing with the Xilinx FPGA – all through the PMBus connectivity, allowing for flexible design solutions for customers”, said Tony Ochoa, senior technical product marketing manager at Infineon Technologies Americas Corp.

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Avnet’s Kintex UltraScale Development kit includes the following:

  • Avnet-designed Kintex UltraScale Development Board
  • XCKU040-1FBVA676 Kintex UltraScale FPGA device
  • Ethernet and USB A-mini-B Cables (2)
  • 12V Power Supply (US/UK/Euro AC cords)
  • Xilinx Vivado Design Suite: Design Edition (device locked to XCKU040)
  • Getting Started Guide

The complete Kintex UltraScale Development Kit is available for US$ 975.

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