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Xilinx XA7S50-1CSGA324I Buying Guide

The choice of a development board for FPGA is one critical factor in the phase of any electronic or electrical design. Both the designer and the consumer want to pick the best FPGA development board that will simplify the process.

There are only a few manufacturers of these circuit boards. Xilinx is one of the leaders. The Xilinx XA7S50-1CSGA324I is one of the Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) from its stable. It is categorized under the Artix7 series.

In this article, you will find out the 1technical specifications of the XA7S50-1CSGA324I FPGA, as well as some of the factors to consider before buying one.

Input & Output (I/O)

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are usually preferred and rated higher than microcontrollers because of the multiple customization options they offer. The Input and Output (I/O) options are one of the core elements that bolster the board’s customization.

The XA7S50-1CSGA324I from Xilinx has a total I/O count of 210. This is quite a number for the designer to have multiple ways to synchronize the input and output data from the electronic device.

Operating Supply Voltage

A voltage supply of 1 Volt (V) maximum is feasible for the XA7S50-1CSGA324I. Although some other FPGAs can have up to 1.5 Volts (V), the rated power supply here aligns with the other elements on the development board.

Operating Temperature

The function of operating temperature in an FPGA is to regulate the flow of power throughout the elements on the board. It is typical for circuits in the Xilinx Artix-7 family to have an operating temperature of 40-degree Celsius minimum and 100-degree Celsius maximum.

That is the same operating temperature for XA7S50-1CSGA324I.

Mounting Style

XA7S50-1CSGA324I uses the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) to enable the easy placement of components on the development board. Therefore, the engineer needs to get the Surface Mount Devices (SMDs) ready.

Clock Management

The Artix-7 series (of which the XA7S50-1CSGA324I is one), has up to 6 high-performance clock lines. These include BUFMR, BUFG, and BUFIO. For each of these clock lines, low jitter and high precision are tenable.

The XA7S50-1CSGA324I uses two clock types, which are Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) and Mixed-Mode Clock Manager (MMCM). These two belong to the six (6) Clock Management Tiles (CMTs) under the Artix-7 FPGA series.

For emphasis, let us talk about some of the attributes of the MMCM and LLP Clock Management Tiles (CMTs) deployed on XA7S50-1CSGA324I.

Multiple Input-Jitter Filter Options

These CMTs have three (3) input-jitter options. These are categorized into the following modes:

  • Optimized mode
  • Low bandwidth
  • High bandwidth

The Optimized Mode of the input-jitter options permits the designer to use the customization tools to find the best setting for the clock lines.

For the High Bandwidth, the jitter attenuation is not at its best. But if this can be overlooked, the improved functionality of the phase offset may be a better compensation.

The last mode is the Low Bandwidth, which is the opposite of the High Bandwidth. The High Bandwidth mode doesn’t have the best jitter attenuation, but the Low Bandwidth mode does. On the flip side, the Low Bandwidth mode doesn’t have the smallest (best/ideal) phase offset, which the High Bandwidth does.

Here are some of the additional features of the Clock Management Tiles (CMTs) of the XA7S50-1CSGA324I FPGA:

  • The Phase-Locked Loop and Mixed-Mode Clock Manager (MMCM) CMTs sever as jitter filters for the incoming clocks.
  • They address the relevant clocking requirements, such as extremely low skew and short propagation delay.

XA7S50-1CSGA324I Buying Guide

With a total of 324 pins, 52,160 microcells, and 4,075 LABs/CLBs; XA7S50-1CSGA324I appears to be your ideal FPGA.

Not to be mistaken, there are a hundred and one Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) out there that can offer the value you want. To be certain, consider some of these factors to pick the best FPGA development board:

1. Customizable Design

This may come off as “sounding like a broken record,” considering that FPGAs are customizable. However, you want to prioritize buying the XA7S50-1CSGA324I which offers customization in its hardware design. This goes a long way to help the designer modify or improve the functionalities of the board based on your preferences.

The most important customization features to look for are:

  • Pins
  • Memory chips
  • Voltage

2. Integration Option

In addition to choosing an FPGA development board based on its customization, it is also imperative to consider the integration.

Aside from incorporating new components and modifying the design of the board, you also want to integrate it with other devices. By choosing the one with integration options, it could be flexible to integrate the finished board with other systems or circuit development boards for harmonized performance.

3. Input and Output Connectors

The Input and Output (I/O) connectors are the ports through which data is added or integrated into the development board or taken out of the same.

There are two categories of classes of I/O ports to consider, depending on your development needs:

4. Low Pin Count Ports

These are connectors that don’t require more pins than necessary. Examples of these are:

  • Flat cables
  • Headers

High-Speed Connectors

Need speedy transmission of data to and fro the XA7S50-1CSGA324I? Then, go for high-speed data connectors, such as:

  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • SATA

5. Learning Resources

The truth is that technical projects such as Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) require more time and continuous references. This is why you should pay attention to the availability of learning resources to walk you through the process.

Thankfully, Xilinx, the manufacturer of the XA7S50-1CSGA324I FPGA has what it calls the “Zynq Book.” This contains a wide variety of learning modules for you to get helpful tips to take you out of a difficult position when using the circuit board.

Wrapping Up

With the XA7S50-1CSGA324I Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), you can be confident in putting together one of the best circuit development boards. Always refer to The Zynq Book for tips when you need extra information on how to use the board.

Do not hesitate to contact Rayming Technology (RayPCB), as we are committed to helping you make prototypes and design the final version of the XA7S50-1CSGA324I Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).