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Tiny 5x5cm² FPGA board with Xilinx Artix-7

An out-of-the-box feature FPGA board, ready for digital signal processing, easy prototyping, education and research with FPGAs.

Tiny 5x5cm² FPGA board with Xilinx Artix-7

An out-of-the-box feature FPGA board, ready for digital signal processing, easy prototyping, education and research with FPGAs.

pledged of €6,500pledged of €6,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 17 2018 3:34 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 17, 2018

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Tiny 5x5cm² FPGA board with Xilinx Artix-7

Tiny FPGA Module with Xilinx Artix-7 XC7A35T-1FTG256C
Tiny FPGA Module with Xilinx Artix-7 XC7A35T-1FTG256C

Features

  • Dimensions of 5 cm x 5 cm
  • 36 user In-/Outputs (10 analog inputs)
  • 4 user LEDs
  • 4 user switches
  • Optional clock IO with MMCX jacks
  • Input voltage range from 5 V to 17 V
  • 100 MHz onboard clock
  • 64 Mbit configuration memory
  • Standard Xilinx JTAG header (14 pin)
  • All GPIOs are directly accessible through 2.54 mm pin headers
  • Out-of-the-box functionality, no mother- or carrierboard required

Block diagram

Block diagram of the tiny Artix-7 FPGA module with electrical connections and basic functions.
Block diagram of the tiny Artix-7 FPGA module with electrical connections and basic functions.

Applications

  • Industrial measurements and control
  • Digital signal processing
  • Interface adaptation
  • Easy prototyping
  • Research and education with FPGAs

Description

The tiny Artix-7 FPGA Module is an out-of-the-box feature FPGA board with only 5 cm x 5 cm dimensions. It is ready for use by simply connecting a power supply and programming the FPGA or the 64 Mbit SPI flash via the standard Xilinx JTAG connector. The board operates with a wide input voltage range from 5 V up to 17 VDC sourced either by the screw terminal or pin 1 from the PT header (26 pos. male header). The module provides 36 general purpose IOs (GPIOs) through two easily accessible pin headers. Some of the inputs can be used for analog-to-digital conversion with a sample rate of up to 1 MSPS and a resolution of 12 bit (built-in Xilinx XADC module). For connecting auxiliary modules to the connectors, the board includes hardware-selectable power pins. Further, the tiny FPGA module has four programmable LEDs (one green and one red LED, two blue LEDs) and four micro switches for user interactions. On the board is a stable 100 MHz system clock source for the FPGA, but which also can be clocked from external sources via the connectors. Finally, the board offers all basic functions for many FPGA applications on a tiny footprint without the need for an additional carrier board.

Demonstration

1. For a quick training with the board and the FPGA family in general we provide a "Hello World" reference design. This example can be synthesized with the free Xilinx Vivado development environment and contains the complete project files with VHDL source codes. The simple design just performs flashing LEDs.

"Hello World" reference design with flashing LEDs.
"Hello World" reference design with flashing LEDs.

2. Common and useful applications of the board require the extension of I/O functionality by additional boards. The example shows the easy use of the FPGA pins as inputs for buttons or outputs with LEDs.

Simple I/O expansion with an additional board that plugs into the tiny FPGA module.
Simple I/O expansion with an additional board that plugs into the tiny FPGA module.

3. A more complex but still simple example is the use of the board for arbitrary frequency synthesis. In the example, the multiplication of an input frequency (blue channel) by a factor of 4 is demonstrated. The built-in phase-locked loop of the FPGA is used for generating the output frequency (yellow channel).

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THE TINY FPGA MODULE JUST WAITS FOR YOUR APPLICATION!

The preliminary datasheet is available at http://www.iamelectronic.com/products/T0005_Artix-7_FPGA_Module/datasheet/

Why we built yet another FPGA board?

1. We'd like to have I/O pins with a 2.54 mm pitch for easy access to the FPGA pins.

2. We'd like to have a tiny ready-to-use board, which is immediately usable without a motherboard.

3. We'd like to have a standard Xilinx JTAG connector for programming and debugging the FPGA.

4. We'd like to have a wide input voltage range with a robust screw terminal, instead of USB or DC power adapter jacks.

5. It's fun to create an awesome PCB.

Risks and challenges

We transfer the product from the prototype state to the first pilot series with an electronics manufacturing service provider. The board's functionalities are sufficiently tested so that no serious errors are expected. Moreover, the production data could be processed in the first run without fails. After the first series production, some unexpected issues may reduce the yield of usable boards, but we are confident that the service provider can produce the boards efficiently and without problems.

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