PC/104 SBC with Xilinx’ SDSoC enables hardware IP acceleration

February 17, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
“A game-changer for programmable embedded systems,” - Sundance’s EMC2-Z7030 is a stackable SBC with PC/104 OneBank interface and VITA57.1 FMC, controlled by a Zynq SoC and fully supported by the latest Xilinx SDSoC development environment, that supports migration of performance-critical algorithms and IP into programmable hardware.

Sundance Multiprocessor Technology has integrated Xilinx’s SDSoC development environment on to its EMC2-Z7030 single board computer (SBC); Sundance’s EMC2 range is a family of industrial-grade and deployment-ready SBC’s that feature a Xilinx Zynq SoC with integrated dual-core ARM-A9 CPUs coupled to 1 GB of DDR3 memory, four-lanes of PCI-Express and re-programmable logic with Kintex-7 FPGA technology. The EMC2 range is designed to the latest, yet long-established, PC/104 form factor of 90 x 96 mm, called OneBank.

 

The Xilinx SDSoC development environment has a full, system-optimising C/C++ compiler that allows system and software engineers to take full advantage of the speed increase offered by running processing intensive algorithms on the Programmable Logic of the Zynq Z7030. The development flow offers a familiar software development environment using an Eclipse-based GUI, programming in C/C++ and debugging from the ARM-A9 CPUs, called the Processing System (PS). SDSoC offers profiling, estimation and hardware/software event traces to help developers optimise the system performance while seamlessly generating the full Zynq SoC system with hardware accelerated IPs, data motion network and software BSPs.

“The combination of Sundance’s EMC2 boards and the Xilinx SDSoC development environment is another significant step forward for embedded systems design, enabling systems engineers to take advantage of the Zynq SoC’s combination of a popular ARM-A9 CPU and the flexible and fast I/O associated with FPGA technology,” said Flemming Christensen, Managing Director of Sundance. “While the Zynq SoC provides potential for implementing a powerful hardware accelerated system, it requires many disciplines across hardware, system and software engineers. The SDSoC offers the benefit of being able to gain performance by seamlessly moving algorithms into FPGA fabric from C/C++ applications, a game-changer for programmable embedded systems. Not only will the SDSoC environment significantly shorten the time-to-market for Zynq designs, it also opens the door to a new class of users who have been in traditional SoC domains developing primarily in software.”

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