MicroZed is a Powerful and Low-Cost ARM + FPGA Linux Development Board

Micro Zed is a low-cost development board from Avnet, the makers of the $475Zed Boardand the entry level Mini Zed development boards. Its unique design allows it to be used as both a stand-alone evaluation board for basic SoC experimentation or combined with a carrier card as an embeddable system-on-module (SOM).
The Micro Zed processing system is based on the Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC. The Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC (AP SoC) family integrates the software programmability of an ARM®-based processor with the hardware programmability of an FPGA, enabling key analytics and hardware acceleration while integrating CPU, DSP, ASSP, and mixed-signal functionality on a single device. The processing system offers the ability to run standard operating systems like Linux, real-time operating systems, or a combination of the two. The programmable logic provides a unique capability to create custom interfaces or custom accelerators.

Together, they provide a versatile, performance optimized solution.
Zed Board™ is a low-cost development board for the Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC. This board contains everything necessary to create a Linux, Android, Windows® or other OS/RTOS-based design all at a cost of $495. The  sells for $199 with close performance and functionality with the Zed Board. Micro Zed contains two I/O headers that provide connection to two I/O banks on the programmable logic (PL) side of the Zynq – 7000 AP SoC device. In stand-alone mode, these 100 PL I/O are inactive. When plugged into a carrier card, the I/O are accessible in a manner defined by the carrier card design. The Micro Zed board targets application in the areas of general FPGA evaluation and prototyping, embedded SOM applications, embedded vision, test & measurement, motor control, software-defined radio, industrial network and industrial IoT.
The Zed board is based on Zynq-7020 with 85K logic cells while the Micro Zed is based on the lower Zynq-7010 with a 28K logic cell. The Micro Zed has 1GB RAM instead of 512 MB on the Zed Board and has lesser interfaces as compared to the Zed Board.
The following below are the features of the Micro Zed SoM:

  • XC7Z010 – 1CLG400C


  • 1 GB of DDR3 SDRAM
  • 128 Mb of QSPI Flash
  • Micro SD card interface


  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • USB 2.0

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