Zybo Z7: Zynq-7000 ARM/FPGA SoC Development Board

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The Zybo Z7 is a ready-to-use embedded software and digital circuit development board built around the Xilinx Zynq-7000 family. The Zynq-7000 tightly integrates a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with Xilinx 7-series Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) logic.

A rich set of multimedia and connectivity peripherals make the Zybo Z7 a formidable single-board computer. A MIPI CSI-2 compatible Pcam connector, HDMI input, HDMI output, and high DDR3L bandwidth establish the Zybo Z7 as an affordable, yet capable, solution for high-end embedded vision applications. Attaching additional hardware is made easy by the Zybo Z7's Pmod connectors, allowing access to Digilent's catalog of over 70 Pmod peripheral boards, including motor controllers, sensors, displays, and more.

The Zybo 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.

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

  • ZYNQ Processor
    • 667MHz 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 controller: SPI, UART, CAN, I2C
    • Programmable from JTAG, Quad-SPI flash, and microSD card (Micro B USB cable NOT included).
    • Programmable logic equivalent to Artix-7 FPGA
  • Memory
    • 1 GB DDR3L with 32-bit bus @ 1066 MHz
    • 16 MB Quad-SPI Flash with factory programmed 128-bit random number and 48-bit globally unique EUI-48/64™ compatible identifier
    • microSD slot
  • Power
    • Powered from USB or any 5V external power source
  • USB and Ethernet
    • Gigabit Ethernet PHY
    • USB-JTAG Programming circuitry
    • USB-UART bridge
    • USB 2.0 OTG PHY (supports host only) 
  • Audio and Video
    • HDMI sink port (input) with CEC (Zybo Z7-20) and without CEC (Zybo Z7-10)
    • HDMI source port (output) with CEC
    • Audio codec with stereo headphone, stereo line-in, and microphone jacks
  • Switches, Push-buttons, and LEDs
    • 6 push-buttons
    • 4 slide switches
    • 5 LEDs
    • 2 RGB LEDs
  • Expansion Connectors
    • 6 Pmod ports on the Zybo Z7-20 (5 on the Zybo Z7-10)
  • Product Compliance: 
    • HTC: 8471500150
    • ECCN: 5A992.c
  • Zybo Z7-10 or Zybo Z7-20 (the Zybo Z7-20 variant comes with a heat sink)
  • Digilent cardboard packaging with protective foam

To create and modify designs for your Zybo 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 Zybo 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. While the Vitis Unified Software Platform enables the development of embedded software and accelerated applications on heterogeneous Xilinx platforms, such as the Zynq-7000.

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  • 5
    Nice board

    Posted by Kay on 3rd Apr 2021

    Works fine so far with the latest Vivado 2020.2 and Vitis. One thing that should be improved is the packaging, the thin paper box is very cheap and I already tore it by just opening it the first time. A thicker cardboard or even better a plastic box should be standard for these expensive delicate boards. Also, a separate big GND pin would be nice to safely hook up a scope's ground lead clips to.

  • 4
    Solid Board

    Posted by Digilent Customer on 22nd Oct 2020

    A lot smaller than I expected, but impressed by all the functionality! Unfortunately both Zynq parts (for the -010 and the -020) you can get dont feature any of the GTP/X transceivers. Would've been nice to see those but I imagine it'd kick up the price point a lot. Also would be nice to have some dedicated PL DDR. This is okay though since PL masters can access the builtin PS DDR controller over the AXI ports. It'll just consume more throughput there.

  • 4
    Board for System Design

    Posted by Jose Dorado on 22nd Sep 2020

    Board for Learning SOC Procesing Signal in System Design is very interesting for the development of skills

  • 5
    Best buy

    Posted by Karel Octavianus Bachri on 16th Aug 2020

    reasonable price for starter and development

  • 5
    best buy

    Posted by Digilent Customer on 7th May 2020

    best buy

  • 4
    Nice product needs more elaborated examples and more ...

    Posted by Jesko on 10th Apr 2020

    I recently bought ARTY, ARTY A7 and now ARTY Z7 because it has HDMI connectors. Very positive: Hardware is a professional build board, which has no failures recognized so far (5 stars). There are several things I generaly do not understand: * According this review: Why is this input-field here SO SMALL ? Don't we have enough space on screen?? * Why there is a lack of elaborated AND FULLY working examples? + We have the HDMI example: It was under NO CIRCUMSTANCES possible for me to get the HDMI input working (Vivado 2018.2 and 2019.1) ! Always the yellow error LED was switched on. I suspect the power supply, but even connecting AN ORIGINAL power plug I had the same issue: no input signal. Output patterns were working (mostly! NOT always!). Hey ... professional work is different! * I would like to work with Vivado 2019.1 - examples refer to older veriosn (==> no update) * Version 2019.2 has no SDK anymore - what to do here ??? + I havent seen examples to get the ++ second ARM processor, ++ USB port, ++ SD Card and ... working ... * I haven't seen an example to get USB working + There is NO DIGILENT enclosure available for this device. + The description of using the SDK is missing that for the system to work with the debugger it is STRONGLY NEEDED to tag the "Reset entire system" check box in the Debug-Configuration. * I would prefer the ability to get versions with 2GB or 4GB of memory (even it would cost 50$/100$ more) * I missed status LEDs on the Eth-Plug (I know that there are some LEDs on the printed circuit Board, but this is not the same) * I couldn't understood, why (on the Zybo Z7 - 7010) one PMOD socket is not equipped (Cost :-)))) ??? * I would prefer a board of 1/2 or 1/4 size: No need for 5 PMods (one is ok), HDMI, but no analoge Audio, USB-C power (no need for different plug),... Thanks - at least it's some fun ... /Jesko

  • 2
    Obsolete Compared to Xiliinx Dev Tools

    Posted by Digilent Customer on 25th Mar 2020

    Although the hardware on these boards is nicely done and well documented, the accompanying software tutorials have not kept up with the latest versions of Xilinx' developer tools. Considering that Xilinx has made substantial revisions to their development software platforms, there is little meaningful documentation of how to get this system up and running with a modern toolchain.

  • 4

    Posted by Ammar MERAZGA (algerian teacher) on 6th Sep 2019

    I am a teacher, these cards are bought for our students. it's almost half of my salary plus tuition (99 EURO) that I paid in France and subsequently the same customs fees I have to pay them in Algeria, so it can become a little expensive because the delivery directly in Algeria risks losing the package. so I paid as customs fee and delivery 246 EURO.

  • 5
    Nice board

    Posted by Dorfell Leonardo Parra Prada on 13th Oct 2018

    This is a nice board that allow to test hardcore and softcore processor, an integrate all the stages in the design flow of embedded systems. However, it would be nice to include a hard case to protect the board and a programming cable, maybe something similar to the Nexys 4 DDR hard case.