Sunday, September 25, 2016

Zynq Development Boards

One of the first things I need to do is find a suitable development board so that I can test some of my ideas and have a sandbox to play in.

I already decided to use the Xilinx Zynq SoC. I have used them before and to be honest, they have best of both worlds, which is a uC and FPGA. Also the Xilinx tool-chain is easy to use and well supported (and free). The question now is which development board should I use.


Xilinx Zynq is an SoC with a hardcore uC built in, specifically a dual-core A9 ARM processor.

Xilinx Zynq Overview
Xilinx Zynq Overview

For the Zynq development boards I will be comparing, they are usually one of two versions of the Zynq SoC (low end). See below for a comparison of the Xilinx Zynq SoC for the Z-7010 and Z-7020.

Low End Zynq IC Comparison
Low End Zynq SoC Comparison

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Update Sept 2016

Slightly over two years since my last post, how time flies.

Now what happened... Well, shortly after starting this blog two years ago I took a new position at a tech startup. If you're reading this blog and have worked at a startup tech company before then you will understand why I disappeared for the last two years. Startups will consume all of your time and mental energy. But at the same time they are super fun and challenging, I love it!

I have mostly gone through all the very difficult stuff like creating a product from whiteboard to production in 6 months, with no resources, no money and daily requirements changes. The picture below pretty much sums it up.

With all that aside, I wanted to get back to my blog and home projects. During the last two years I have actually still been thinking of projects I want to work on and the occasional research here and there. It was hard to actually get into it since so much of my time was dedicated to work and personal life.

My first goal to get my hands on a development board so that I can brush up on some skills and jump back into my long term goal of designing an autonomous drone, see about page for more info.

Stay tuned...