Genesys ZU: Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC Development Board

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The Digilent Genesys ZU is a standalone Zynq UltraScale+ EG/EV MPSoC development board, designed to provide an ideal entry point by combining cost-effectiveness with powerful multimedia and network connectivity interfaces. There are two variants of the Genesys ZU: 3EG and 5EV. These two variants are differentiated by the MPSoC chip version and some peripherals. As compared to the 3EG, with the 5EV you get faster DDR4, more FPGA fabric, a video codec, and GTH transceivers allowing HDMI Source, Sink and 10G SFP+. Both variants support multiple multimedia and network interfaces with an excellent mix of on-board peripherals, upgrade-friendly DDR4, Mini PCIe and microSD slots, along with multi-camera and high-speed expansion connectors which are designed to support a wide range of use-cases. The Genesys ZU is primarily targeted towards Linux-based applications that facilitate access to Wi-Fi, cellular radio (WWAN), SSD, USB SuperSpeed and 4K video. Two different specialized ports, including Pmod and high-speed SYZYGY-compliant expansion module ports for our new Zmods, enable flexible expansion and easy access to a wide ecosystem of add-on modules, perfect for silicon evaluation and rapid prototyping.

The Zynq UltraScale+ 3EG devices include specialized processing elements needed to excel in next-generation wired and 5G wireless infrastructure, cloud computing, AI, and Aerospace and Defense applications. 5EV devices are designed with high-definition video in mind, and are ideal for multimedia, automotive ADAS, surveillance, and other embedded vision applications.

The Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ XCZU3EG and XCZU5EV are supported by Vivado Design Suite, including the free Vivado ML Standard Edition (formerly Vivado WebPACK™).

Guides and demos are available to help users get started quickly with the Genesys ZU. These can be found through the Support Materials tab.

 Zynq Ultrascale+
    • XCZU3EG-SFVC784-1-E / XCZU5EV-SFVC784-1-E 
    • 256 Mbit QSPI Flash memory on-board
    • USB FTDI interface for programming and debugging
    • MicroSD card interface, supporting SDR104 mode
    • Board status and diagnostics using and on-board platform MCU
    • 154K logic cells / (*256K)
    • 7.6 Mb Block RAM (*5.1 Mb)
    • 360 DSP Slices / (*1,248)
    • 3 clock management tiles / (*4)
    • DDR4, 4GB, 1866 MT/s (*2133 MT/s), upgradeable memory

(*ZU-5EV variant value where different)

 Application Processor
    • Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 MPCore up to 1.5 GHz
 Real-time Processor
    • Dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 MPCore up to 600 MHZ
 Graphics Processor
    • MaliTM-400 MP2
 Video Codec 
    • H.264/H.265 (*only on 5EV variant)
 Peripheral Connectivity
    • USB Type-C 3.1 Gen1 Dual-Role Device
    • MiniPCIe / mSATA: dual slot, Half-/Full-size
    • USB 2.0 Host: 2x Type-A
 Network Connectivity
    • 2.4GHz On-board Wi-Fi
    • Ethernet 1G w/ IEEE 1588
    • WLAN / WWAN / LoRa (option: MiniPCIe)
    • SFP+ 10G Ethernet (*only on 5EV variant)
    • Main memory: DDR4, 4GB, 1866 MT/s (*2133 MT/s), upgradeable
    • 104 MB/s SD
    • SSD option: mSATA
    • ISSI 256 Mib SNOR Flash
    • 1.2a Dual-Lane DisplayPort
    • 2 x MIPI/Pcam Dual-Lane 
    • Audio Codec
    • HDMI Source (*only on 5EV variant)
    • HDMI Sink (*only on 5EV variant)
    • 1 x Zmod port following the SYZYGY Standard interface specification
    • 4 x Pmod ports
    • 1 x FMC expansion connector
    • 1 x FMC Gigabit (*only on 5EV variant)
 User I/O
    • 4 PL-connected LEDs
    • 1 MIO-connected LED
    • 5 PL-connected buttons
    • 2 MIO-connected buttons
    • 4 PL-connected switches
 Product Compliance
    • HTC: 8471500150
    • ECCN: 5A992
  • Choose between the Genesys ZU-3EG or 5EV
  • 12V, 8A power supply
  • IEC cable with European plug
  • IEC cable with US plug
  • USB A to micro B programming cable
  • USB A to Type C cable
  • microSD card with the Out-of-Box Petalinux Image (loaded into the Genesys ZU's microSD card slot), with a case
  • Pre-installed user-upgradable DDR4 Memory, see the Genesys ZU Reference Manual, which can be found through the Support tab, for more information.

To create and modify designs for your Genesys ZU, you can use Xilinx's Vivado Design Suite. Vivado is a software designed for the synthesis and analysis of HDL designs. The Genesys ZU is supported by Vivado ML Standard Edition (formerly Vivado WebPACK™).

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

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

The Resource Center for the Genesys ZU 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.