Avnet Introduces Alternative to Chip-Down SoC Courtesy of Avnet

Avnet Introduces Alternative to Chip-Down SoC

Avnet Electronics Marketing has released its PicoZed and PicoZed Carrier Card. Part of its System-On Modules (SOMs) based on the Xilinx Zynq -7000 All Programmable SoC, PicoZed allows designers to migrate between Zynq 7010, 7015, 7020, and 7030 All Programmable SoC devices in a pin-compatible footprint. The PicoZed Carrier Card gives the necessary interfaces and access to user I/O from the PicoZed SOM. PicoZed is intended for industrial control, embedded vision, test and measurement, motor control, and software-defined radio applications. The device allows designers to get to market faster by the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC sub-system.

PicoZed has the common functions needed to support most SoC designs, such as memory, configuration, Ethernet, USB, clocks, and power. Additionally, it provides access to more than 100 user I/O pins through three I/O connectors on the back of the module. The connectors can access interfaces for Ethernet, USB, JTAG, power, and other control signals, with GTP/GTX high-speed serial transceivers on the Zynq 7015 and 7030 All Programmable SoC models. These models are a superset of the Zynq 7010 and 7020 All Programmable SoC versions, having an additional four transceiver ports to the I/O connectors.

PicoZed Card Carrier (Courtesy of Avnet)

The PicoZed Card Carrier allows for connector interfaces for the on-module Gigabit Ethernet PHY and USB PHY, and supports common processor system interfaces like a microSD card slot and USB-UART port. Included is an HDMI output port, a second Gigabit Ethernet port, and several peripheral module connectors—with many of the PicoZed’s programmable logic I/O available through a Low-Pin Count (LPC) FMC connector.

Jim Beneke, vice president of global technical marketing at Avnet Electronics Marketing, describes what sets PicoZed apart: “The scalability in being able to go from a lower density, transceiver-less 7010 to a higher density, transceiver-based 7030 Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC opens the door to some creative options for designers.” 

More information and pricing can be found at picozed.org.


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