100x160mm OpenVPX compatible board runs on 16nm Zynq UltraScale+

January 23, 2017 // By Julien Happich
PanaTeQ's VPX3-ZU1 is an expandable Single Board Computer of unparalleled computing power on a 3U (100x160mm) OpenVPX compatible board.

Built around Xilinx’s 16nm Zynq MPSoC, the card targets ultra-high-end real-time computing applications. In a single device, the Zynq UltraScale+ integrates a Quad-core 1.5GHz 32/64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 based Application Processing Unit (APU), a Dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 based Real-Time Processing Unit (RPU), an ARM MALI-400 based Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) and a large Programmable Logic (PL) Array. The device also includes on-chip memory, external memory interfaces, and a rich set of peripheral connectivity interfaces. 

The VPX3-ZU1 includes a FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) connector allowing the board to be targeted to specific applications by fitting it with any compatible front end I/O interfaces, such as ultra-high speed Analog to Digital Converters, Video Adapters, or high speed networking ports. The FMC site is compliant to the Vita 57.1 HPC standard and includes 90 Single Ended IO (45 Differential Pairs) and 10 Multi Gigabit Transceivers.

The multiple Cores and Programmable Logic can operate together to resolve today’s and tomorrow’s most demanding embedded computing challenges, in applications ranging from Software Defined Radio, Image Processing, Target Detection, EW / ISR,  advanced Multi-Axes Motors controller, Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Communications, to LIDAR / RADAR / SONAR.

The VPX3-ZU1 comes equipped with to 2 or 4GB 64-bit of DDR4-2400 RAM with ECC dedicated to the ARM Cores, and 512MB or 1GB of 16-bit of DDR4-2400 RAM dedicated to the Programmable Logic. Tight, high speed coupling of the RAM to the Programmable logic makes the board suitable for data streaming applications such as video CODEC and real-time signal/image processing application. In addition, 64GB of soldered eMMC managed NAND Flash is available for local, permanent data storage.

The board can act as a Single Board Computer thanks to its on-board PCIe Gen2 Switch. In this configuration, powerful systems can be built by adding only an enclosure and a power supply. When the VPX3-ZU1 is used as a System Controller, it can manage up to eight 3U OpenVPX slots with a PCIe x1