ZynqBerryZero Brings Xilinx Zynq-7010 FPGA SoC to Raspberry Pi Zero Form Factor

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.

ZynqBerryZero specifications:

  • 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.

Via Hackster.io

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7 Replies to “ZynqBerryZero Brings Xilinx Zynq-7010 FPGA SoC to Raspberry Pi Zero Form Factor”

  1. I like to leave the ads visible on this site to support Jean, but the animated ads have to go.

    I’m sure other users feel the same.

  2. Would be curious if someone knows if this FPGA is powerful enough to run MISTER cores as the DE10 Nano wont be around forever

    1. Not MiSTer which is an Altera Cyclone V SE chip with 110K LE, but could be enough for Mist and Mistica, which are 24K LE Cyclone III.

      Keep in mind that this board is Xilinx Zynq FPGA and the others are Altera Cyclone, the code has to be ported, which as far as I know involves a good amount of work.

  3. Not available on Digikey or Mouser yet, unfortunately.

    This would be killer if it was half the cost though I’ll eventually get one of these. I have a Chinese dev board that I bought for $50 with the exact same FPGA, so its not really the chip that is driving the high cost.

  4. Yes, the cost of the board needs to be lower. Would be nice to have more pins to the FPGA instead of HDMI connector

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