In this video I take a look at the features of the UltraZed-EG System-on-Module and the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC. As is typical for Avnet products, it’s a great deal with a price tag of only $485 USD, when the device alone (XCZU3EG-1SFVA625E) would cost you $354 USD. This SoM can’t be used as an SBC (single board computer), it needs a carrier card such as the UltraZed PCIe Carrier Card; this board will cost you $499 USD and has most of the hardware you need to exploit the Zynq UltraScale+ device to its full potential: Gigabit Ethernet, Display Port, PCIe, USB3 and SATA among others. And of course, all of these peripherals are routed through to the PS (hardened IP) of the ZU+, so you don’t need to use up any programmable logic to take advantage of them – so all of your FPGA can be dedicated to the implementation of your ‘edge’, or whatever it is that makes your product better/faster/leaner than the competition’s.

So at least it looks like some great hardware, but in the next few days I’ll build some designs for it and tell you about my user experience. Looking forward to it!

Jeff is passionate about FPGAs, SoCs and high-performance computing, and has been writing the FPGA Developer blog since 2008. As the owner of Opsero, he leads a small team of FPGA all-stars providing start-ups and tech companies with FPGA design capability that they can call on when needed.

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