Antmicro has designed an open hardware AMD Xilinx Kintex-7 K410T FPGA development board in KiCad 6 mostly to synthesize custom RISC-V-based processing platforms and work on the OpenTitan Root of Trust project. Separately, the company has also launched an open hardware portal sharing some of the KiCad and Blender designs they’ve worked on over the years.
Key features and specifications:
- FPGA – AMD-Xilinx Kintex-7 K410T FPGA with 400K logic cells, 16 Gigabit transceivers operating at 12.5Gb/s.
- System Memory – 512MB of DDR3L memory, 8MB of SRAM memory
- Storage – 32MB (256Mbit) of (Q)SPI NOR flash, assembly option for 2x QSPI flash, microSD card slot
- Video Output – HDMI port
- Networking – 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port, 1x 10/100M Ethernet port
- USB 2.0 Type-A host connector
- USB Type-C connector for FTDI JTAG and debug
- 2x PMOD connectors
- FMC+ connector with PCIe x8 on 12.5Gb/s transceivers and 50x I/Os
- GPIO connectors
- Debugging – JTAG, USB serial (FTDI FT4232H)
- Misc – 8x LEDs, 4x push buttons, 8x dip switches
- Power Supply – Via DC jack, 40W PoE++, or 45W USB PD
- Dimensions – 120×120 mm (nano-ITX board, 10-layer PCB)
The KiCad hardware design files and some documentation can be found on GitHub all released under the permissive Apache 2.0 license. You’ll also get a few more details in the announcement on the Antmicro blog. It’s not the first Antmicro open-source hardware board we cover on CNX Software, as last year, the company released a Snapdragon 845 baseboard designed with KiCad.
The company has released various open-source hardware solutions designed with KiCad over the years including a 12+ layer DDR5 test board and 900-ball FPGA baseboard, so they decided to host all their open-source hardware designs on a website called the “Open hardware portal“.
There you’ll find a hardware library with boards and components, and a separate blog post explains how they create the nice board renders as in the first photo and the one just above using Blender open-source 3D computer graphics software tool, as well as further details about the open hardware portal.
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.