Mars XU3: The Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC module able to deal with any circumstances

13 JULY 2018

With the Mars MA3, Enclustra presents the most powerful SoC module based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC in the Mars form factor. It features up to 6 ARM cores, a Mali 400MP2 GPU, up to 4 GByte of extremely fast DDR4 SDRAM, numerous standard interfaces, 108 user I/Os and up to 154,000 LUT4 equivalents

The Mars XU3 SoC module from FPGA specialists Enclustra provides a quick and easy introduction to the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC technology. It comes in the extremely compact and well-established SO-DIMM form factor and is optimised for applications that require the greatest processing power possible in the smallest of spaces, without having to make any compromises when it comes to functionality. The Mars XU3 series offers up to 154,000 systems logic cells, 108 user I/Os, up to 6 ARM processors, a Mali 400MP2 GPU (only EG variants), up to 4 GByte of ultra-fast DDR4 SDRAM, 64 MByte QSPI flash memory, 16 GByte eMMC flash memory as well as Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0/3.0 ports, all on a surface area measuring just 67.6 × 30 mm. A heat sink developed for the Mars XU3 is available for optimum heat dissipation. It’s compact design (less than 7 mm in height) and a mounting slot in the centre of the heat sink makes it easy to attach fans of different sizes. The Mars XU3 SoC module has a planned availability of 10 years.

Reference design and Linux at the push of a button
Enclustra offers broad design-in support for their products. With the Mars EB1 base board, the Mars XU3 is a powerful development and prototyping platform. Enclustra also offers a comprehensive ecosystem for the Mars XU3, offering all of the hardware, software and support materials required. Detailed documentation and reference designs make it easy to get started, in addition to the user manual, user schema, a 3D-model (STEP), PCB footprint (Altium®, OrCAD®, PADS®, EAGLE®) and differential I/O length tables.

The Enclustra Build Environment can be used to compile the Enclustra SoC modules with an integrated ARM processor very smoothly. The module and base board are selected by a graphical interface. Afterwards, the Enclustra Build Environment downloads the appropriate Bitstream, First Stage Boot Loader (FSBL) and the required source code. Finally, U-Boot, Linux and the root file system, which is based on BusyBox, are compiled.

Thanks to the family concept with compatible connectors, different types of modules can be used on the same base board. If, for example, an ARM processor is not required, the Mars AX3 FPGA module can be used on the same base board instead.

Enclustra | www.enclustra.com

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