Avnet Silica Introduces Xilinx’s MiniZed platform for IIoT systems
Distributor Avnet Silica, introduces Xilinx’s compact MiniZed Zynq system on chip (SoC) development platform. MiniZed provides an entry-level development and demonstration platform for single-core Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC devices.
It supports cloud connectivity and industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications such as motor control and embedded vision. The starter kit can be ordered now, with shipments starting in early July.
According to Avnet Silica, MiniZed is the lowest cost entry point to the scalable Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC devices, which feature a single-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor paired with 28nm Artix-7 based programmable logic. MiniZed is compact, it is small enough to fit into a shirt pocket, yet features on-board connectivity through universal serial bus (USB), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Peripherals can be plugged into dual Pmod-compatible connectors, the Arduino-compatible shield interface or the USB 2.0 host interface. User light emitting diodes (LEDs), a button and a switch allow for a physical board interface, while JTAG circuitry is incorporated onto the MiniZed base board. Tutorials use the on-board microphone as an example input to demonstrate how to easily implement filters and fast fourier transformers (FFTs) in the fabric. The on-board eMMC (8Gbyte) provides convenient storage for the operating system, files and logs.
A MiniZed community website encourages users to collaborate with other engineers also working on Zynq designs.
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