- January 23, 2017
January 23, 2017 – PanaTeQ introduced the VPX3-ZU1, an expandable Single Board Computer on a 3U (100 x 160mm) OpenVPX compatible board. The VPX3-ZU1 owes its performance to the Zynq UltraScale+, Xilinx’s MultiProcessor SoC device built using 16nm technology.
In the device, the Zynq UltraScale+ integrates a Quad-core 1.5GHz 32/64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 based Application Processing Unit (APU), a Dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 based Real-Time Processing Unit (RPU), an ARM MALI-400 based Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) and a large Programmable Logic (PL) Array. The device also includes on-chip memory, external memory interfaces, and a set of peripheral connectivity interfaces.
The VPX3-ZU1 includes a FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) connector allowing the board to be targeted to specific applications by fitting it with any compatible front end I/O interfaces, such as Analog to Digital Converters, Video Adapters, or high speed networking ports. The FMC site is compliant to the Vita 57.1 HPC standard and includes 90 Single Ended IO (45 Differential Pairs) and 10 Multi Gigabit Transceivers.
The multiple Cores and Programmable Logic can operate together to resolve embedded computing challenges in applications ranging from Software Defined Radio, Image Processing, Target Detection, EW / ISR, advanced Multi-Axes Motors controller, Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Communications, to LIDAR / RADAR / SONAR. Using Xilinx’s powerful SDSoC Development Environment, the User Application Code can be partitioned between the Zynq’s available Cores, and the Programmable Logic.
The VPX3-ZU1 comes equipped with to 2 or 4GB 64-bit of DDR4-2400 RAM with ECC dedicated to the ARM Cores, and 512MB or 1GB of 16-bit of DDR4-2400 RAM dedicated to the Programmable Logic. Coupling of the RAM to the Programmable logic makes the board ideal for data streaming applications such as video CODEC and real-time signal/image processing application. In addition, 64GB of soldered eMMC managed NAND Flash is available for local, permanent data storage.
The board can act as a Single Board Computer thanks to its on-board PCIe Gen2 Switch. In this configuration, powerful systems can be built by adding only an enclosure and a power supply. When the VPX3-ZU1 is used as a System Controller, it can manage up to eight 3U OpenVPX slots with a PCIe x1 Gen2 link per slot. There is no need to add any SBC in the VPX rack.
All of the Zynq Ultrascale+ peripherals are routed to the VPX backplane. These include: two ETH 1000Base-T, two USB 3.0/2.0, two USB 2.0, one SATA 3.1, two CAN-2.0B, two RS-232/422/485, four MGT, twenty GPIO, and a Video Out Display Port 1.2. A rear transition module is available from PanaTeQ to bring these signals to standard connectors.