The Zynq® UltraScale+™ from Xilinx® represents a powerful, flexible chip with a multitude of features such as APUs, RPUs, GPU, MACs, and FPGA fabric. This single chip offers a fully integrated device for a multitude of applications, ranging from consumer devices to various heterogeneous computing applications to industrial Edge computing. However, with such a powerful chip comes high complexity. As a design engineer, how do you avoid critical design mistakes and ensure your success so that you can harness the power of the technology? This is where a specialist in electronic product development, like Fidus, comes in. Read on for six reasons to choose Fidus for Zynq UltraScale+.
1. Experienced with Zynq UltraScale+
Having completed over 20 Zynq UltraScale+ designs last year alone, we’re ideally placed to offer support for any of our customers’ design challenges. We’ve worked on designs utilizing small devices to the largest 19EG part, including storage systems, video streamers, and workload accelerators to name just a few. This means we never start from zero on a Zynq UltraScale+ design; our team has the essential expertise like schematic blocks, thermal strategies, and code ready to reuse. Our experience and existing tools lower your risk and speed your time to market.
Did you know? A simple Zynq UltraScale+ design would require around 5 power rails, with a complex design requiring more than 17!
2. Complex Design Capabilities
With all the necessary skill sets under one roof, we can fully optimize the potential of Zynq UltraScale+. Zynq UltraScale+ development requires expert knowledge in hardware, FPGA, software, and thermal design. Fidus has all of these capabilities, meaning you can outsource every element of the design, rather than having to opt for a piece-meal approach. When outsourcing, it’s always less complicated, less risky, and less effort to choose a provider who can do it all, equally well. Fidus isn’t a hardware house with some FPGA knowledge, or an FPGA house that can do some software design. We’ve built large, dedicated teams for every single discipline.
Zynq UltraScale+ development requires:
- Expert hardware design; some designs need 17 sequenced power rails.
- Signal integrity expertise, e.g. DDR4, transceivers, etc.
- Strength with Linux OS. This needs custom drivers, customized device trees, custom Board Support Packages (BSP), and then a custom application to run on top.
- Knowledge of small to large FPGA fabric, and transceivers up to 32Gbps+.
- Leveraging of Xilinx IP, Xilinx reference designs, and 3rd party IP.
Fidus’ expertise extends to all of these complex technologies.
Fidus can typically get Linux booted within the first two days of receiving a custom Zynq UltraScale+ design back from manufacturing.
3. Extensive Laboratory
We own and maintain a fully-stocked laboratory at each of our design centers, enabling us to bring up and test these complex systems. It also means you don’t have to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars building out your lab to integrate and debug your design. Having worked on so many Zynq UltraScale+ developments, we’ve designed and built small specialized pieces of IP and lab equipment. This makes us incredibly efficient at bringing up and testing new designs, and our test plans and reports prove your design will work.
4. Future Support
As a long-established company with a large team, Fidus has the dependability and breadth of experience to support your design moving forward. Having delivered over 3000 projects with more than 300 clients since 2001, we have a track record of excellence with high levels of repeat business. Our designers tend to stick around too, meaning that your next design is likely to have the same designer you liked and the one who already knows your business.
We never leave our clients hanging, especially with something as complicated as Zynq UltraScale+. We’re always there to guide and teach you about the latest technology. In fact, we’ve developed a ton of resources related to Zynq UltraScale+ including a MPSoC Capability Sheet, a Hardware Design Guide, and a Case Study.
5. Xilinx Premier Design Services Member
In 2011, after passing a massive business, technical, and process audit, Fidus became the North American inaugural Xilinx Premier Design Services Member – the third in the world with the designation. This isn’t just a badge; it means we get early access to training alongside the Xilinx field team, and our teams are aligned in their goals. We have fast access to support if design or development issues arise, meaning you end up with a powerful, reliable, on-time design.
6. Nearshoring Partner
Outsourcing a complex business function – like Zynq UltraScale+ development – is an excellent strategy as it maximizes business efficiency, reduces expenses and provides access to highly skilled workers. With Fidus being based in North America, you gain these benefits without the risk of time and language barriers, or losing control of the design, process, product or IP. As we discuss here, near-shoring gives you the best of both worlds because it offers lower cost but close collaboration and most importantly, in-depth technical experts.
While technology like Zynq UltraScale+ may be powerful, the idea of designing and developing with it can be daunting. However, with the right know-how and support it doesn’t have to be. Fidus has invested years in working with Xilinx, creating a plethora of Zynq UltraScale+ designs, as well as bringing them up and testing them, making us the ideal partners for your next Zynq UltraScale+ design.