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3U VPX board with Zynq Ultrascale+

The VPX3-ZU1 from PanaTeQ is an expandable SBC on a 3U OpenVPX compatible board. The device comes with the Zynq UltraScale+, Xilinx’s latest multiprocessor SoC device built using 16nm technology.

In a single device, the Zynq UltraScale+ integrates a Quad-core 1.5GHz 32/64bit ARM Cortex-A53 based application processing unit, a Dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 based real-time processing unit, an ARM MALI-400 based graphic processing unit and a large programmable logic array.

The device also includes on chip memory, external memory interfaces, and a set of peripheral connectivity interfaces.

Measuring 100 x 160mm, the VPX3-ZU1 includes a FPGA mezzanine card connector allowing the board to be targeted to specific applications by fitting it with any compatible front end I/O interfaces.

The FMC site is compliant to the vita 57.1 HPC standard and includes 90 Single Ended I/O and 10 multi gigabit transceivers.

Applications range from software defined radio, image processing, target detection, EW/ISR, advanced multi-axes motors controller and multi-gigabit Ethernet communications.

Using Xilinx’s SDSoC development environment, the user application code can be partitioned between the Zynq’s available cores, and the programmable logic. Algorithms compiled to run in hardware in the programmable logic are said to result in ten to one hundred times the speed over software execution.

The VPX3-ZU1 comes equipped with 2 or 4Gbyte of DDR4-2400 RAM with ECC dedicated to the ARM cores, and 512Mbyte or 1Gbyte of DDR4-2400 RAM dedicated to the programmable logic. In addition, 64Gbyte of soldered eMMC managed NAND Flash is available for local, permanent data storage.

The board can be ordered with different versions of the Zynq UltraScale+ family of devices and fitted either with 2.5Gbyte or 5Gbyte RAM. The board is also available in air or conduction cooled versions.

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Peggy Lee

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