The Eclypse Z7 is specifically designed to enable the rapid prototyping and development of embedded measurement systems. Featuring high-speed Zmod ports for modular expansion and a Xilinx Zynq®-7020 SoC, the Eclypse Z7 is fast and flexible, reducing the time it takes for engineers and researchers to develop innovative and powerful new high-speed instrumentation, control, and measurement systems for edge-computing, medical, and communications applications. The Eclypse Z7 is the first host board of the Eclypse Platform.
Zmod is Digilent’s new expansion solution using the open-source SYZYGY standard from Opal Kelly. Faster than the Pmod Standard and more compact and cost-effective than FMC, Zmods improve the customizability options for high-speed I/O. Plug in your application specific Zmods and get up and running in hours or days, instead of weeks or months. Zmods available from Digilent can be found here.
Eclypse Platform Software
The Eclypse Z7 is a component of the Eclypse Platform, which pairs Digilent’s open software API with Digilent’s novel Eclypse hardware. Pre-built Linux images are accompanied by the API, and Petalinux is supported to build and deploy custom Embedded Linux solutions. This system allows users to plug in their Zmods of choice and get started prototyping new measurement, instrumentation, and control systems without directly interfacing with the FPGA until desired. With this system, embedded Linux developers can leverage the power of FPGA without possessing hardware expertise. Currently, C and C++ are supported, with plans to add support for other programming languages in the future.
Guides and demos are available to help you get started quickly with the Eclypse Z7. These can be found through the Support Materials tab.
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To create and modify designs for your Eclypse Z7, you can use Xilinx's Vivado Design Suite. Vivado is a software designed for the synthesis and analysis of HDL designs. The Eclypse Z7 is supported by the free WebPACK edition.
You can use Xilinx's PetaLinux Tools to customize, build, and deploy Embedded Linux solutions on the Zynq-7000. While the Vitis Unified Software Platform enables the development of embedded software and accelerated applications on heterogeneous Xilinx platforms, such as the Zynq-7000.
The software API from Digilent, provided as part of the Eclypse platform, provides function descriptions and prototypes for conveniently interfacing with the functionality of available Zmods. A set of libraries, for both Linux and bareetal (standalone) platforms, is provided for each Zmod. Additional information can be found in the Zmod Base Library User Guide or the Eclypse Z7's Resource Center linked under the Support Materials tab.