Avnet has unveiled MiniZed development board – part of ZedBoard family – powered by a Xilinx Zynq Z-7007s SoC with an ARM Cortex A9 processor and FPGA fabric, supporting WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and equipped with Arduino and PMOD headers.
MiniZed board (AES-MINIZED-7Z007-G) specifications:
- SoC – Xilinx Zynq-7007S single ARM Cortex A9 processor up to 677 MHz + FPGA with 23K logic cells, 1.8 Mb block RAM, 60 DSP slices
- System Memory – 512 MB DDR3L
- Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash, 128 Mbit QSPI flash
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1 plus EDR and BLE via Murata “Type 1DX” wireless module
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port
- Sensors – 3-axis accelerator and temperature sensor (LIS2DS12); Digital Microphone (MP34DT05)
- Expansion Interfaces:
- 2x Pmod compatible connectors with 16x GPIOs
- Arduino UNO R3 compatible header with 22x GPIOs
- Debugging – JTAG and serial console via micro USB port
- Misc – 2x bi-element user LEDs, user & reset push buttons; user switch
- Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
The company provides bare-metal code samples, as well as Xilinux PetaLinux for the board. You’ll find hardware and software documentation, including BoM, schematics, and getting started guides on the documentation page.
MiniZed is the cheapest Zedboard so far, which makes it ideal as a training, prototyping and proof-of-concept demo platform, and it can be used to showcase wireless designs using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, audio signal processing examples with the MIC input, as well as IoT & cloud demos using external and on-board sensors.
MiniZed can be purchased for $89 on Avnet with the company mentioning that the retail price may be higher in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. You may find further info on Zedboard.org’s MiniZed page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
Could be nice for 3D printing
Would the FPGA part be used for 3D printing? If yes, for which purpose exactly?
Yes, the guys from smoothieware are creating a new version that uses an FPGA.
“A FPGA to handle step generation at insane rates and new features”
It is nice but for little more (130USD) there is Terasic DE 10 Nano kit with Altera Cyclone V at 800MHz plus 110K logic cells and 1GB Ram (HDMI Tx and GigaEth also present), which seems better.
If you are academic people (professor or student) the price is also better: 99USD
“MiniZed can be purchased for $89 on Avnet with the company mentioning that the retail price may be higher in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.”
Avnet still shows $89 here in Jakarta, Indonesia. But the Avnet sales page says “More available in: 4 weeks”.
On the topic of FPGA I was just reading about
Microsemi launches Windows based RISC-V IDE
In a move that broadens support for the RISC-V core, Microsemi has launched SoftConsole version 5.1, said to be the first Windows based Eclipse IDE for such designs.
While the release supports the use of RISC-V soft CPUs in Microsemi’s PolarFire, RTG4, SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 FPGA, there is also support for the HiFive1 Arduino kit from SiFive. .