Avnet Introduces Kintex UltraScale All Programmable FPGA Development Kit


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Embedded system designers looking for a fully configurable, high performance hardware platform for engineering and verifying applications based on the Kintex UltraScale FPGA family from Xilinx will find the functionality they need in the new Kintex UltraScale FPGA Development Kit released today by Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor. Available with the Kintex UltraScale XCKU040-1FBVA676 device in a small form factor, the kit enables designers to prototype high-performance systems with ease, while providing expandability and customization through the FMC HPC expansion slot and PMOD headers. The complete Kintex UltraScale Development Kit is available for $975.

The Avnet-designed Kintex UltraScale Development Board packages all the functions needed for an embedded processing system. In addition to the Kintex UltraScale XCKU040 device, the development board features 1GB DDR4 SDRAM, two SFP+ interfaces, dual QSPI Flash memories, HDMI interface, LVDS touch panel interface, two 10/100/1000 Ethernet PHYs, a USB-UART port and system clock. The onboard 10/100/1000 Ethernet and SFP+ ports add networking capabilities, while the FMC HPC expansion slot along with PMOD headers offer versatile interface options.

“The Avnet-designed kit, based on the Kintex UltraScale device, provides an ideal low cost platform for prototyping with the Kintex UltraScale FPGA alongside a high-performance DDR4 memory interface,” said Nasser Poureh, director of technology, technical marketing for Avnet Electronics Marketing. “The onboard interfaces, along with the FPGA/DDR4 sub-system, allow engineers to quickly prototype high-performance embedded systems, including video applications, networking and data processing using the Xilinx MicroBlaze processor.”

“The Kintex UltraScale Development Kit power design utilizes IR Digital Point-of-Load DC-DC regulators with full PMBus capabilities,” said Tony Ochoa, senior technical product marketing manager at Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. “These devices enabled Avnet to develop a fully functional solution which includes integrated fault management, full telemetry per rail and options for voltage margining and sequencing with the Xilinx FPGA - all through the PMBus connectivity, allowing for flexible design solutions for customers.”

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