FPGA Board Kit Based on a Xilinx Artix-7

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The Nexys-4, a complete, ready-to-use digital circuit development platform based on the latest Artix FPGA from Xilinx, brings high performance to a student-focused FPGA design kit. With its large, high-capacity FPGA, generous external memories, several built-in peripherals and a collection of USB, Ethernet and other ports, the Nexys-4 can host designs ranging from introductory combinational circuits to powerful embedded processors without needing any additional components.

Based on the Xilinx Artix-7 100T FPGA, the Nexys-4 is optimized for high-performance logic and offers seven times the capacity, and more resources, than its predecessor (the Nexys3). The Nexy4 also offers an improved collection of peripherals including 16 user switches, 16 user LEDs, two 4-digit seven-segment displays, an XADC Pmod header for digitizing analog signals, two tri-colored LEDs, a micro SD card connector, 12-bit VGA output, mono PWM audio output, a PDM microphone, a 3-axis accelerometer and a temperature sensor. The large FPGA and broad set of peripherals make the Nexy4 an ideal host for a wide array of digital systems, including embedded processor designs based on Xilinx’s MicroBlaze.

Nexys-4 is compatible with Xilinx’s new high-performance Vivado Design Suite as well as the ISE toolset, which includes ChipScope and EDK. Xilinx offers free WebPACK versions of these toolsets, which means that designs can be implemented in either version at no additional cost. The Nexys-4 board is priced at $159 for academic purchases and $299 for all other customers. The Nexys-4 board is available as of now.

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