Sunday, March 11, 2012

Xilinx Zynq ARM/FPGA SoC

Xilinx Zynq is a big FPGA with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with a big FPGA around it, as a programmable system-on-chip; an alternative to an ASIC or SoC that doesn’t require exotic EDA tools and hyper-expensive production. It contains:
  • Dual ARM Cortex™-A9 MPCore
    • Up to 800MHz
    • Enhanced with NEON Extension and Single & Double Precision Floating point unit
    • 32kB Instruction & 32kB Data L1 Cache
  • Unified 512kB L2 Cache
  • 256kB on-chip Memory
  • DDR3, DDR2 and LPDDR2 Dynamic Memory Controller
  • 2x QSPI, NAND Flash and NOR Flash Memory Controller
  • 2x USB2.0 (OTG), 2x GbE, 2x CAN2,0B 2x SD/SDIO, 2x UART, 2x SPI, 2x I2C, 4x 32b GPIO
  • AES & SHA 256b encryption engine for secure boot and secure configuration
  • Dual 12bit 1Msps Analog-to-Digital converter
    • Up to 17 Differential Inputs
  • Advanced Low Power 28nm Programmable Logic:
    • 28k to 350k Logic Cells (approximately 430k to 5.2M of equivalent ASIC Gates)
    • 240KB to 2180KB of Extensible Block RAM
    • 80 to 900 18x25 DSP Slices (58 to 1080 GMACS peak DSP performance)
  • PCI Express® Gen2x8 (in largest devices)
  • 154 to 404 User IOs (Multiplexed + SelectIO™)
  • 4 to 16 12.5Gbps Transceivers (in largest devices)

Among Zynq-7000 EPP devices, Z-7010 and Z-7020 are based on the Artix™-7 FPGA fabric, and Z-7030 and Z-7045 are based on the Kintex™-7 FPGA fabric.

For as little as $15, it could take the place of a custom-designed SoC, but without the million-dollar development effort.

Xilinx is seeing an addressable market for Zynq of more than $12.7 billion by 2014, according to Larry Getman, vice president of marketing for processing platforms at Xilinx, including intelligent video.

Key Documents

NameModifiedSize
Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform Summary 12/15/2011  1.02 MB 
WP369 - Extensible Processing Platform Ideal Solution for a Wide Range of Embedded Systems 04/27/2010  442 KB 
WP312 - Xilinx Next Generation 28 nm FPGA Technology Overview 03/26/2011  614 KB 
Frequently Asked Questions    
Virtual Platforms for Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform Product Brief    
Zynq-7000 EPP Product Brief    

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