Accelerate Compute-Demanding Applications with a Versatile Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC

Compute-intensive refers to any computer application that requires a lot of complex computations. AI inferencing, big data analytics, networking, and modeling for scientific research are some popular compute-intensive applications nowadays.

The processing power required by compute-intensive applications is more than processors alone can deliver. The Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) is considered as the accelerator for various computing applications because of its customizability, programmability, and low power consumption related to performance. That is why semiconductor manufacturers like Xilinx integrate both processors and FPGA architectures into a single device. Xilinx UltraScale MPSoC architecture provides multiple advanced processors that scale from 32 to 64 bits with support for virtualization and enable true heterogeneous multi-processing with ‘the right engines for the right tasks’.

Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC

Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale+™ EG MPSoC devices combine a high-performance ARM®-based multicore, multiprocessing system with ASIC-class programmable logic. The processing system (PS) comes with 64-bit quad-core ARM® Cortex®-A53, 32-bit dual-core Cortex-R5F real-time processors, and a Mali™-400 MP2 graphics processing unit. The ASIC-class programmable logic is highly flexible and built on Xilinx UltraScale architecture. The programmable logic communicates with the processing system through 6,000 interconnects.

Zynq UltraScale+ EG Architecture. (Image source: Xilinx)

Genesys ZU-3EG Ultrascale+ EG MPSoC Platform

Digilent Inc, A National Instruments company, has just released Genesys ZU-3EG, a versatile Zynq UltraScale+ EG MPSoC development board for compute-intensive applications. The excellent mix of on-board peripherals, upgrade-friendly DDR4, Mini PCIe and microSD slots, multi-camera, and high-speed expansion connectors are bound to support a wide number of use-cases. Two different specialized ports, including Pmod and high-speed SYZYGY-compliant expansion module ports for our new Zmods, enable flexible expansion and easy access to a wide ecosystem of add-on modules, perfect for silicon evaluation and rapid prototyping.

Genesys ZU-3EG callout diagram. (Image source: Digilent, Inc.)

Getting Started Materials

The Genesys ZU-3EG comes with a Petalinux out-of-box project for Linux-based applications and a step-by-step guide to add Genesys ZU-3EG board files in Xilinx Vivado Design Suite. Users can also configure on-board peripherals with the provided Intellectual Property (IP) cores, preconfigured logic functions used in Xilinx Vivado Design Suite.

With optimized specs and a robust documentation library, users can quickly get started on a range of compute-intensive applications including AI, cloud and multimedia computing, and networking.

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Alex Wong, Sales Manager at Digilent Inc., A National Instruments Company, promotes Digilent hardware and software products to worldwide customers. Digilent manufactures embedded development tools and test and measurement device for rapid prototyping and training. Since our founding in 2000, Digilent has partnered with leading semiconductor companies including Xilinx, Microchip, Analog Devices, Texas Instruments and ARM to bring products with the latest embedded technology.

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