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Cora Z7: Zynq-7000 Single Core and Dual Core Options for ARM/FPGA SoC Development

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The Cora Z7 is our most cost-optimized SoC development board featuring the power and flexibility of Xilinx's Zynq®-7000 SoC family.

Featuring Arduino™ headers, 1Gbps Ethernet, an onboard analog-to-digital converter, and Pmod ports, the Cora Z7 can be used in a variety of embedded applications. The Zynq-7000(S) SoC family integrates the software programmability of an ARM®-based processor with the hardware programmability of an FPGA, delivering cost-optimized system integration. At such a friendly price point, the Cora Z7 is a great development board to get started with Zynq-based designs.

The Cora Z7 is supported by Xilinx's Vivado Design Suite, including the free WebPACK version. You can also interact with the processing system (PS) with Xilinx's Vitis Unified Software Platform and PetaLinux Tools.

There are two variants of the Cora Z7: the Cora Z7-07S and Cora Z7-10. The primary difference is that ARM Cortex-A9 processor on the Cora Z7-07S is single-core, versus dual-core on the Cora Z7-10. See the Features tab for a side-by-side comparison of the two boards.

Guides and demos are available to help you get started quickly with the Cora Z7. These can be found through the Support Materials tab.

   Cora Z7-10  Cora Z7-07S
 Zynq Part  XC7Z010-1CLG400C  XC7Z007S-1CLG400C
 ARM Processor Cores  2  1
 1MSPS On-chip ADC  Yes  Yes
 Logic Cells  28,000  21,000
 Look-up Tables (LUTs)  17,600  14,400
 Block RAM (Mbits)  2.1  1.8
 Clock Management Tiles  2  2

  • 667 MHz Cortex-A9 processor with tightly integrated Xilinx FPGA (option between Dual Core and Single Core options)
  • 512 MB DDR3 memory
  • Arduino shield and Pmod connectors for add-on hardware devices
  • USB and Ethernet connectivity
  • Large array of general purpose input/output ports for any number of different custom solutions
  • Small form factor and mounting holes
  • Programmable from JTAG and microSD card
  • Product Compliance: 
    • HTC: 8473301180
    • ECCN: EAR99
  • Cora Z7-07S or Cora Z7-10 development board, with or without a Micro USB cable
  • Custom Digilent cardboard box with protective foam inserts

To create and modify designs for your Cora Z7, you can use Xilinx's Vivado Design Suite. Vivado is a software designed for the synthesis and analysis of HDL designs. Both variants of the Cora Z7 are supported by the free WebPACK edition of the Vivado Design Suite.

You can use Xilinx's PetaLinux Tools to customize, build, and deploy Embedded Linux solutions on the Zynq-7000(S). While the Vitis Unified Software Platform enables the development of embedded software and accelerated applications on heterogeneous Xilinx platforms, such as the Zynq-7000(S).

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  • 4
    CORA Z7

    Posted by Steven on 31st Aug 2021

    Had a issue getting started due to lack of board specific examples but eventually I got the hang of this following similar architecture and generic coding examples . Definitely very powerful little board with features to spare , I recommend getting a D2A expansion card as there is no analog outputs

  • 3
    Disappointing

    Posted by John McCabe on 6th Nov 2019

    We've used various MikroE Click boards in the past so, having an Arduino Uno to Click shield lying around, thought the Cora might be a good choice to start prototyping our embedded Linux system on. However the first thing we wanted to do was use UART1 on the PS with a Click RS485 board via the Arduino pins. Unfortunately the pin allocation setup for the Cora, along with the standard Linux project's PL design, meant we had to do that through EMIO and disconnect a bank of the GPIO to the Arduino connector in the Block Design. The 2nd, major issue, was that we wanted to then attach some QSPI flash to the PS's built in interface. However that, I believe, needs to go through specific MIO pins but, unfortunately, one of those, MIO1, is shown on the schematic as having no connection from the Zynq to the outside world, which made that idea a total non-starter. I think that, if you want to just play with Zynq and get the hang of some of the tools, this is probably a good choice due to the price but, as a prototype board for Petalinux, it let's itself down.

  • 5
    Good rough-in board

    Posted by Digilent Customer on 18th Sep 2019

    Review is for the lower cost Cora Z7-07S. I have other FPGA boards (Digilent, and others). Compared to Microblaze, the build and download goes much quicker. This is good for experimenting as less time is spent on respin. Later, if the concept meets the needs, I will port the project to Artix. Also I have found the Digilent forum to be easier to work with than the Xilinx Forum.

  • 5
    Great little embedded board.

    Posted by Glen Field on 11th Jun 2019

    I picked up this board to experiment with embedded system development. I enjoy doing mixed mode embedded systems; hardware, FPGA logic, software. This inexpensive board is just what I was looking for. You can check out m experiences using the board at londonplacesystems.com.