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)||TySOM-2 (7Z100)|
|38 Mb||25.5 Mb|
PS ARM Subsystem Spec.
|CPU: Cortex-A53 Quad Core
RT CPU: Cortex-R5 Dual Core
H.264/H.265 Integrated Codec
|CPU: Cortex-A9, Dual-core|
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.