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Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ SoC module with two memory channels

16 August 2018

Enclustra MercuryTM XU5 SoC module: more interfaces for the PL

Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ SoC module with two memory channels

Zurich, 17th July 2018 - The Mercury XU5 SoC module from Enclustra is an extremely powerful all- rounder. Based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, it features 6 ARM cores, a Mali 400MP2 GPU, up to 10 GByte of extremely fast DDR4 SDRAM, numerous standard interfaces, 178 user I/Os and up to 256,000 LUT4 equivalents. Thanks to two independent storage channels – one on the PS and one on the PL – it achieves memory bandwidths of up to 24 GByte/sec.

The Mercury XU5 MPSoC module from FPGA specialists Enclustra features more direct interfaces to the FPGA fabric, in addition to a Gigabit Ethernet connection as well as up to 2 GByte DDR4 SDRAM. The module, with dimensions of just 56 × 54 mm, has up to 8 GByte DDR4 ECC SDRAM connected directly to the processing system, 16 GByte eMMC flash memory as well as various standard interfaces, such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, a display port, SATA and SGMII. Both the processing system and the FPGA matrix boast four PCIe® Gen2/3 connections.

The Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC is manufactured in a 16 nm FinFET+ process and comes equipped with 6 ARM cores – four 64-bit ARM CortexTM- A53 with a clock rate of up to 1333 MHz as well as a 600 MHz fast 32-bit ARM® dual-core CortexTM-R5. The processors are supported by a MaliTM 400MP2 GPU and a H.264/H.265 video codec (EV variants).

Reference design and Linux at the push of a button

Enclustra offers broad design-in support for their products. With the Mercury PE1-200 baseboard, the Mercury XU5 is a powerful development and prototyping platform.

Further expansion options are provided by the LPC FMC connector on the PE1 base board, which is compatible with a wide range of plug-in cards from various manufacturers - ADCs, DACs, motor control cards and RF links are just a small selection of the possibilities on offer.

Enclustra also offers a comprehensive ecosystem for the XU5, offering all of the hardware, software and support materials required. Detailed documentation and reference designs make it easy to get started, in addition to the user manual, user schema, a 3D-model (STEP), PCB footprint (Altium®, OrCAD®, PADS®, EAGLE®) and differential I/O length tables.

The Enclustra Build Environment can be used to compile the Enclustra SoC modules with an integrated ARM processor very smoothly. The module and base board are selected by a graphical interface. Afterwards, the Enclustra Build Environment downloads the appropriate Bitstream, First Stage Boot Loader (FSBL) and the required source code. Finally, U-Boot, Linux and the root file system, which is based on BusyBox, are compiled.

Thanks to the family concept with compatible connectors, different types of modules can be used on the same base board. If, for example, an ARM processor is not required, the Mercury KX1 FPGA module can be used on the same base board instead.

About Enclustra GmbH

Enclustra is an innovative and successful Swiss FPGA design company. With the FPGA Design Centre, Enclustra provides a portfolio of services covering the whole range of FPGA-based system development – from high-speed hardware or HDL firmware through to embedded software, and from specification and implementation through to prototype production. In the FPGA Solution Centre, Enclustra develops and markets highly-integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimised IP cores. By specialising in forward-looking FPGA technology, and with extensive application knowledge, Enclustra can offer ideal solutions at minimal expense in many areas. More information can be found at:

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