The connection between the two worlds of embedded and FPGA is becoming more and more apparent – all the more so with solutions such as Xilinx Zynq, which combines a general-purpose dual-core ARM with programmable logic allowing for dedicated processing in a single chip.
As a company active in both fields, we were quite eager to lay our hands on Zynq chips, to get the feel of the module and how it works in practice.
Following our visit to X-Fest in Oslo we were talking with Enclustra, the Swiss FPGA company and producer of FPGA modules to give us an early sample so that we can be one of the first few companies able to work with physical Zynq chips. They agreed to partially sponsor the port of the eCos real-time operating system for the module, and so, here it is:
The module is excellent, just as well made as the previous board we got from Enclustra, coming in the popular (and small!) SO-DIMM format. It allows you to integrate Zynq into your design quickly, with much less effort than to design from scratch.
The port is scheduled for release early Q4 2012. Go to Enclustra’s website for updates, other operating systems as well as to subscribe for the Beta program and get the boards for yourself. If you already decided to use Zynq or are leaning towards it, we can help you with integrating it into your own designs and products.
Follow our blog if you want to learn of our progress and let us know if you want to use eCos on the Zynq. A note on running RedBoot on the ZX3 module as an alternative to U-Boot will follow soon, so as always – stay tuned (and enjoy the summer)!