Embedded HPC

Recent years brought an outburst of embedded electronics, many of them containing very powerful microprocessor designs that outperform the capabilities of desktop computers available ten years ago. Smartphones have been a widespread example, but there are hundreds of others. Computer vision, Automotive systems, UAV (drones), security cameras, and network security are only a few categories where embedded electronics are present.

The Embedded HPC is the response for growing appetite on computational power in embedded applications. These kind of applications require CPU and FPGA to be on the same board and ideally in the same chip. For this reason, Aldec’s TySOM boards were based on Xilinx Zynq family of MPSoC and chipsets that integrate ARM Programmable System and FPGA.

 

Embedded HPC Accelerators

  • TySOM-3-ZU7 - accelerator board based on Zynq UltraScale+ ZU7EV containing FPGA with Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 general purpose processor, ARM Cortex-R5 real time processor, ARM Mali-400 graphics processor and H.264/H.265 video codec. The embedded FPGA can be used to accelerate the most critical functions of embedded application or to implement external devices interfaces glue logic. Heterogeneous architecture of ZU7EV will be a powerful platform for various applications including neural networks, encryption or image and video processing.
  • TySOM-2 - accelerator board based on Zynq-7000 XC7Z100 containing Dual core ARM Cortex-A9 general purpose processor in one chip with the largest FPGA in the Zynq-7000 family. Large number of DSP blocks (2020) makes it perfect for embedded vision applications.

 

TySOM-3 (ZU7) TySOM-2 (7Z100)

Logic Cells

504,000 444,000

DSP Blocks

1,728 2,020

On-chip RAM

38 Mb 25.5 Mb

PS ARM Subsystem Spec.

CPU: Cortex-A53 Quad Core
RT CPU: Cortex-R5 Dual Core
GPU: Mali-400
H.264/H.265 Integrated Codec
CPU: Cortex-A9, Dual-core

 

embedded platform

Design Automation

To facilitate designing embedded HPC applications Aldec provides TySOM System Platforms that can be loaded in Xilinx SDx tool. Then, in SDx C/C++ algorithm files are compiled and converted to RTL code appropriate for FPGA. Finally the RTL code is connected automatically to the selected system platform.

When all the compilation and implementation steps are done, running embedded application is as easy as uploading files generated from SDx to SD card and starting execution in TySOM board.

 

Reference Designs and Services

For a quick ramp up Aldec provides several reference designs demonstrating use of different peripherals and programmable logic (FPGA) to accelerate application algorithms and working implementation of embedded Linux. If you recognize benefits of FPGA powered embedded HPC but your organization lacks of hardware design “know how” Aldec’s custom engineering services can bridge this gap. Our long experience in FPGA hardware design and verification can be effectively used to quickly build a complete system or integrate your algorithms with reference designs that are available out of the box.

 

Main Features

  • Portfolio of TySOM boards matching various requirements
  • Compatible with complementary FMC Daughter-cards
  • Complete design and verification environment
  • Closely integrated with Xilinx SDx and Vivado software
  • High end and solid hardware from Aldec’s 30+ years experience

 

Solution Contents

  • Aldec TySOM board
  • TySOM reference designs bundle
  • Riviera-PRO HDL simulator (option)
  • Technical documentation, tutorials and white papers
  • SDx hardware platform package (Board Support Package - BSP)
  • Custom engineering for RTL Porting Services
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