Digilent introduces FPGA-based signal processing system

Digilent Inc
Tuesday, 14 July, 2020

As more RF communications, test, software-defined radio (SDR) and other similar applications press the technology further, Digilent, an NI company, has been hard at work to not only keep up the pace but also explore ways to influence the direction of this evolution.

These trending applications employ high-speed analog inputs and/or outputs where real-time signal processing is required, driving the need for higher precision and higher speed solutions. Digilent’s latest Eclypse Z7 Ecosystem is ideal for high-speed instrumentation, control and measurement systems for edge-computing, medical and communications applications.

The Eclypse Z7 Ecosystem.

The Eclypse Z7 ecosystem, available from Excelpoint, includes the Eclypse Z7 Xilinx Zynq SoC Platform, Zmod ADC 1410 and Zmod DAC 1411. Zmods products are SYZYGY compliant expansion modules, a high-speed I/O expansion standard for FPGA boards intended to fit between the Pmod standard and FMC. The SYZYGY standard offers a much higher speed/bandwidth digital interface than Pmod but at a much smaller and lower-cost form-factor than FMC, enabling the user to configure a FPGA development board with the right I/O for their application.

The Zmod ADC 1410 is equipped with Analog Devices’ AD9648, the dual-channel, high-speed, low-power, 14-bit, 105 MS/s analog-to-digital converter (ADC). Driven by the SYZYGY carrier, the Zmod ADC can acquire two simultaneous signals (1 MΩ, ±25 V, single-ended, 14-bit, 100 MS/s, 70 MHz+ bandwidth). Analog inputs can be connected to a circuit using SMA cables.

The Zmod DAC 1411 is equipped with Analog Devices’ AD9717, the dual-channel, high-speed, low-power, 14-bit, 125 MS/s digital-to-analog converter (DAC). Driven by the SYZYGY carrier, the Zmod DAC can generate two simultaneous signals (50Ω, ±5 V, single-ended, 14-bit, 100 MS/s, 40 MHz+ bandwidth). The analog outputs can be connected to a circuit using SMA cables.

Design the signal processing application on Linux

With the Eclypse Z7 system, engineers and developers can experiment with different signal processing techniques. Digilent provides an example project which showcases the implementation of a Zynq-based 32-order finite impulse response (FIR) filter design on Linux. The 32-order FIR filter, clock-enabled generator and a signal generator are implemented in the programmable logic of the Xilinx Zynq 7000 SoC. A Linux OS is run on the processing system. Quantification of the coefficients, a Hanning window, can be computed in C. The details are available at the Digilent Project Page.

Signal processing application on Linux.

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