System-on-Module Targets High Production Volume Embedded System Development

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A small form factor system-on-module is designed to facilitate faster, lower risk development of smarter embedded systems that demand real-time hardware performance, all without sacrificing differentiation, integration or flexibility.

The eSi-ZM1 from EnSilica is the company’s first product in a new range of eSi-Modules and is built around the Xilinx Zynq Extensible Programming Platform. Combining a powerful dual core ARM Cortex A9 MPcore subsystem running embedded Linux together with the Xilinx Series-7 FPGA fabric, it is suitable for developing a range of commercial and industrial applications for automotive electronics, consumer electronics, industrial automation, broadcast, medical imaging and wired communications. However, the small form factor, low-cost, high pin count, robust connector, together with availability in commercial and industrial temperature grades, makes it attractive for both volume production and prototyping of a wide range of Xilinx Zynq-based products. The eSi-ZM1 measures just 82 mm by 50 mm and is currently being deployed in a number of production products including a radar and media server.

The eSi-ZM1 provides an exceptionally high I/O count through an MXM3.0 connector, delivering the full capability of the FPGA fabric without sacrificing signal integrity. It provides excellent connectivity through a broad range of advanced I/O including a Gigabit Ethernet PHY with 1588 time stamping, a 4-port USB 2.0 hub, I2C and micro SD-card holder. Additionally, the programmable logic provides unlimited possibilities to add virtually any peripheral or create custom accelerators to extend system performance to suit the target application.

EnSilica provides full firmware and software support for the eSi-ZM1, including a compatible BSP and embedded Linux build pre-loaded on SD-card. Although the module is ready to use out-of-the-box, EnSilica provides a range of complementary custom design and development services both for eSi-ZM1 integration and wider product development. EnSilica’s eSi-Module product roadmap also includes a System-on-Module based on the Altera Cyclone IV SoC.

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