Eclypse Z7: Zynq-7000 SoC Development Board for Modular Instrumentation

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The Eclypse Z7 is specifically designed to enable the rapid prototyping and development of embedded measurement systems. Featuring high-speed Zmod ports for modular expansion and a Xilinx Zynq®-7020 SoC, the Eclypse Z7 is fast and flexible, reducing the time it takes for engineers and researchers to develop innovative and powerful new high-speed instrumentation, control, and measurement systems for edge-computing, medical, and communications applications.

Zmod Expansion

Zmod is Digilent’s expansion solution using the open-source SYZYGY standard from Opal Kelly. Faster than the Pmod Standard and more compact and cost-effective than FMC, Zmods improve the customizability options for high-speed I/O. Plug in your application specific Zmods and get up and running in hours or days, instead of weeks or months. Take a look at the Features tab for a list of compatible Zmods.

 Zynq-7000 APSoC
    • Chip number: XC7Z020-1CLG484C
    • 667 MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor
    • DDR3L memory controller with 8 DMA channels and 4 High Performance AXI3 Slave ports
    • High-bandwidth peripheral controllers: 1G Ethernet, USB 2.0, SDIO
    • Low-bandwidth peripheral controllers: SPI, UART, CAN, I2C
    • Programmable from JTAG, Quad-SPI flash, and microSD card
    • Programmable logic equivalent to Artix-7 FPGA
    • 1 GiB DDR3L with 32-bit bus @ 1066 MT/s
    • 16 MB Quad-SPI Flash with a factory-programmed 48-bit globally unique EUI-48/64™ compatible identifier
    • microSD card slot
    • Powered from external 12V 5A supply
    • Platform MCU for configuration of adjustable power supplies and temperature management
 USB and Ethernet
    • Gigabit Ethernet PHY
    • USB-JTAG programming circuitry
    • USB-UART bridge
    • USB micro AB port with USB 2.0 PHY with Host/Device/OTG capabilities
 Zmod Ports
    • 2 ports following the SYZYGY Standard interface specification
    • Compatible with a variety of SYZYGY pods, allowing for a wide variety of applications
    • Dedicated differential clocks for input and output
    • 8 differential I/Os per port
    • 16 single-ended I/Os per port
    • DNA interfaces connected to Platform MCU allowing for various auto-negotiated power supply configurations
    • Supports the Digilent Zmod AWG 1411, Scope 1410, Scope 1210, and Scope 1010, Zmod Digitizer, Zmod SDR
 Pmod Ports
    • 2 twelve-pin ports for a total of 16 FPGA-connected I/Os
    • High speed voltage translation and protection circuitry
 User GPIO
    • 2 push-buttons
    • 2 RGB LEDs
  • Eclypse Z7 Development Board
  • FPGA fan
  • USB A to Micro B programming cable
  • USB A to Micro A cable
  • 12V 5A power supply
  • Digilent custom packaging
  • Eight 5 mm standoffs

Development Environments

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

You can use Xilinx's PetaLinux Tools to customize, build, and deploy Embedded Linux solutions on the Zynq-7000.

Xilinx SDK enables development of embedded software applications targeting Xilinx SoC devices, such as the Zynq-7000.

Note: Xilinx software tools are not available for download in some countries. Prior to purchasing the Eclypse Z7, please check the supporting software's availability, as it is required for the board's use.

Example Designs

For those who want to get started without FPGA experience, Digilent provides several example designs using the Eclypse with C/C++, including both baremetal and Linux software applications, when used with the combination of Zmod Scope 1410-105 and Zmod AWG.

A hardware-only digital filter example that loops signals from a Zmod Scope through digital signal processing logic in the Zynq PL and back out through a Zmod AWG is also offered.

Additional information can be found on Digilent Reference, which can be found through the Support Materials tab.

Quickly find what you need to get started and reduce mean time to blink.

The Resource Center for the Eclypse Z7 is the central hub of technical content for the board and contains everything to get started and reduce mean time to blink. This includes the reference manual and schematics plus tutorials, example designs, community projects, and a link to our technical support forum.

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  • 5
    Eclypse Z7

    Posted by Udayan Mallik on 12th Oct 2022

    A very compact solution to the need for an integrated Digital and Mixed signal system. FPGA + 2CH DAC + 2CH ADC. An answer to my prayers. Coupled with the very helpful forum Digilent has create a very usable product. I have even been able to work with the ethernet port.

  • 5
    good product

    Posted by Digilent Customer on 9th Aug 2020