Nexys A7: FPGA Trainer Board Recommended for ECE Curriculum

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The Nexys A7 (previously known as the Nexys 4 DDR) is an incredibly accessible, yet powerful, FPGA development board. Designed around the Xilinx Artix®-7 FPGA family, the Nexys A7 is a ready-to-use digital circuit development platform that brings industry applications into the classroom environment.

Students can start learning right away with the Nexys A7 thanks to its versatile selection of interfaces, such as 10/100 Ethernet, USB, UART, JTAG, and VGA. With a built-in temperature sensor, microphone, and accelerometer, students can work on a variety of projects without needing any additional hardware. Of course, 5 Pmod ports are available for additional customizability and applications.

There are two variants of the Nexys A7: The Nexys A7-50T features the XC7A50T-1CSG324C, and the Nexys A7-100T features the larger XC7A100T-1CSG324C.

The Nexys A7 is supported by Xilinx's Vivado Design Suite. Both variants of the Nexys A7 are supported by the free WebPACK edition, which helps keep costs down for students.

Guides and demos are available to help you get started quickly with the Nexys A7. These can be found through the Support Materials tab.

   Nexys A7-50T  Nexys A7-100T
 FPGA part  XC7A50T-1CSG324C  XC7A100T-1CSG324C
 Logic Slices  8,150  15,850
 Block RAM (Kbits)  2,700  4,860
 DDR2 Memory (MiB)  128  128
 Clock Tiles (with PLL)  5  6
 DSP Slices  120  240

  • FPGA Features
    • Internal clock speeds exceeding 450MHz
    • On-chip analog-to-digital converter (XADC)
    • Programmable over JTAG and Flash
  • System Features
    • USB-JTAG programming circuitry
    • Powered from USB or any 7V-15V source
    • microSD card connector
  • System Connectivity
    • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
    • USB-UART Bridge
  • Interaction and Sensory Devices
    • 3-axis accelerometer
    • PDM microphone
    • PWM audio output
    • Temperature Sensor
    • 2 four-digit seven-segment displays
    • USB HID for mice, keyboards, and memory sticks
    • 16 Switches
    • 16 LEDs
    • 2 tri-color LEDs
    • 12-bit VGA output
  • Expansion Connectors
    • 4 Pmod connectors
    • Pmod for XADC signals
  • Product Compliance:
    • HTC: 8471500150
    • ECCN: 5A992.c
  • Nexys A7 development board
  • Digilent custom packaging with protective foam
  • Micro USB cable

The Nexys A7 can be programmed with Digilent's Adept software. Digilent Adept is a unique and powerful solution which allows you to communicate with Digilent system boards and a wide assortment of logic devices. Find out more about Adept here.

To create and modify designs for your Nexys A7, 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 Nexys A7 are supported by the free WebPACK edition of the Vivado Design Suite.

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  • 5
    Nice Little Board

    Posted by Michael on 2nd Mar 2021

    This board has an AMAZING number of interesting connection on it. It's a great board for learning about FPGAs.

  • 5
    Great board for learning

    Posted by Muhammad Fajri S on 14th Jun 2020

    I use this product for research project, it's pretty good for learning and has on board led, button and good expandability. Really useful and a lot documentation on the internet. The product has a good value for money, and digilent offer academic pricing for student and makes more affordable.

  • 5
    Solid learning board

    Posted by Dave on 10th Jan 2020

    From my experience with this board I found it to be easy to use and understand what the capability are and how to access them. (the board works great)

  • 4
    a good quality/price producy

    Posted by Digilent Customer on 4th Nov 2019

    It is a versatile and useful product , good for research project and little prototyping.

  • 5
    It has all the features to be useful from undergraduate to graduate levels

    Posted by Gonzalo Duchen on 16th Oct 2019

    I use this type of board in second year undergraduate courses as well that in graduate and research projects. In all of them it is a very useful tool.

  • 5

    Posted by Digilent Customer on 19th Sep 2019

    It is a terrific FPGA for EECS students that are starting to learn how to use them and enter to the world of digital design.

  • 5
    Awesome and well rounded.

    Posted by Tyler on 31st Aug 2019

    It's a great dev-board with tons of IO and expandability. Great for making custom CPUs and GPUs. And it's easy to add a micro or Pi via the pmods. It also has in-depth documentation which is a huge plus. I thought the price was a bit steep originally but now I think it's justified. Would by it again. My only complaint is I wish there was more onboard storage/ram.