Trenz Electronic introduced ZynqBerry in 2017 as a Xilinx Zynq FPGA board following Raspberry Pi 2/3 Model B form factor, and the company has now just launched another Raspberry Pi inspired FPGA board with ZynqBerryZero following Raspberry Pi Zero form factor.
ZynqberryZero is equipped with a Xilinx Zynq-7000 series FPGA & Arm Cortex-A9 SoC combined with 512 MB RAM and 16MB flash, and offers all Raspberry Pi Zero ports namely a 40-pin GPIO header, two micro USB ports, a mini HDMI connector, a CSI connector, and micro SD card slot.
- SoC – Xilinx Zynq XC7Z010-1CLG225C with dual-core Cortex-A9 clocked up to 667 MHz, FPGA fabric with 28K logic cells, 2.1Mbit block RAM, and 80x DSP slices
- System Memory – 512 MB DDR3L SDRAM
- Storage – 16 MB Flash memory, MicroSD card slot
- Video Output – Mini HDMI connector, type C
- Camera – CSI-2 connector
- USB – 1x Micro USB for JTAG/UART, 1x Micro USB 2.0 port
- Expansion – 40-pin Raspberry Pi header with 26x GPIO
- Power Supply – 5V via MicroUSB port
- Dimensions – 65 x 30mm (Raspberry Pi Zero form factor)
The company did not provide any details about software support, but it’s reasonable to assume it will be the same as on ZynqBerry with PetaLinux running on the ARM cores, and the FPGA fabric can be programmed with Vivado Design Suite.
Eventually, all resources should be published on the Wiki, but for now, you’ll find the schematics, assembly files, and 3D files on the shopping page where you can also purchased the board for 109 Euros excluding VAT and shipping. It’s a far cry from the $5 you could spend on a Raspberry Pi Zero, but ZynqBerryZero will be more powerful and flexible with the combination of Cortex-A9 cores with FPGA fabric.
We should also note it’s not the first time Trenz Electronic combines Raspberry Pi Zero with FPGA, as the company also designed IceZero Lattice iCE40 FPGA pHAT especially designed for Raspberry Pi Zero a few years ago.
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