Avnet Electronics Marketing Launches PicoZed SOM to Leverage MicroZed SOM

By CIOReview | Thursday, September 4, 2014
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PHOENIX, AZ: Avnet Electronics Marketing, provider of electronic components and computer products, releases PicoZed System-on-Module (SOM) based on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable System-on-Chip (SoC). The company has also launched PicoZed Carrier Card, which gives the necessary interfaces and access to user I/O from the PicoZed SOM.

PicoZed allows designers to get to market in lesser time with Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC that integrates a feature-rich dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 based processing system (PS) and 28 nm Xilinx programmable logic (PL) in a single device. PicoZed targets industrial control, embedded vision, test and measurement, motor control and software-defined radio applications and thus helps them in getting faster marketing.

PicoZed leverages the MicroZed SOM by giving designer more flexibility to migrate between the Zynq 7010, 7015, 7020, and 7030 All Programmable SoC in a pin-compatible footprint. The common functions PicoZed use to support the core of SoC designs including memory, configuration, Ethernet, USB, clocks and power. More than 100 user I/O pins through three I/O connectors on the backside of the module can be accessed with PicoZed SOM. These connectors also support access to dedicated interfaces for Ethernet, USB, JTAG, power and other control signals, as well as the GTP/GTX high-speed serial transceivers on the Zynq 7015 and 7030 All Programmable SoC models.

Connector interfaces are provided for the on-module Gigabit Ethernet PHY and USB PHY by PicoZed Carrier Card. It also supports common processor system interfaces including a microSD card slot and USB-UART port. Many of PicoZed’s programmable logic I/O are made available through a Low-Pin Count (LPC) FMC connector. HDMI output port, a second Gigabit Ethernet port and several peripheral module connectors are included in it. The four serial transceivers on the Zynq 7015 and 7030 SOMs are allocated to an x1 PCIe Gen2 card edge interface, the FMC connector, a SFP+ cage and a general purpose SMA interface. Adjustable bank voltage power supplies enable user I/O voltage selection of the multiple I/O banks on the PicoZed.

“With the launch of PicoZed, Avnet is providing a cost-effective alternative to chip-down SoC design. 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. Avnet provides the necessary board support packages, reference designs and support to help our PicoZed customers speed their design efforts,” says Jim Beneke, vice president of global technical marketing at Avnet Electronics Marketing.