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Eclypse Z7

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Eclypse Z7
Zynq-7000 SoC Development Board with SYZYGY-compatible Expansion
  • Full support for Vivado, including tool integration, example projects and tutorials
  • Out-of-the-box Petalinux support, including example projects and tutorials
  • 667MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with tightly integrated Xilinx FPGA
  • 2 SYZYGY Standard Interfaces for high-speed data transfer in modular systems
  • 2 Pmod connectors for additional system modularity
  • 1 GB DDR3L with 32-bit bus @ 1066 Mhz
  • USB and Ethernet connectivity
  • Programmable from JTAG, Quad-SPI flash, and microSD card
Key FPGA Specifications
Part Number
Logic Slices
6-Input LUTs
Block RAM
630 KB
DSP Slices
Clock Resources
Zynq PLL with 4 outputs
4 PLLs
125 MHz external clock
Internal ADC
Dual-channel, 1 MSPS
SYZYGY Connectors
Two SYZYGY Standard Interfaces
Pmod Connectors
Two Pmod Ports
10/100/1000 Mbps with Realtek PHY
USB-JTAG programmer
USB micro-AB Host/Device/OTG port
1024 MB / 1066 Mbps
QSPI Flash
16 MB
microSD card connector
On-board I/O
Tri-Color LEDs
Power Inputs
12V 5A (barrel jack) supply
Pmod Connectors
3.3V logic standard, 5V tolerant
SYZYGY Connectors
1.2V to 3.3V, 2A budget shared by both connectors
Automatically negotiated on board bring-up
Managed by Eclypse Platform MCU
99 mm (3.9 in)
160 mm (6.3 in)

The Eclypse Z7 is a powerful prototyping platform, featuring Xilinx's Zynq-7000 APSoC. Two SYZYGY interface connectors are featured, enabling high speed modular systems.

Eclypse is designed to enable high speed analog data capture and analysis right out of the box. It is a platform for research and rapid prototyping of test and measurement applications, potentially including software defined radio, ultrasound, other medical devices, and much more. As a host board for Zmods, applications for the Eclypse can vary significantly between system configurations.

Petalinux is supported out of the box. Pre-built Linux images are accompanied by a software API for bulk data transfer. This system allows new users to get started without touching hardware until desired. The software supports a variety of common programming languages, including Python, C/C++, and more. Digilent offers fully open and customizable hardware designs, Linux images, and Linux software applications.



  • The Eclypse Z7 is compatible with Digilent Zmods, as well as other modules that conform to Opal Kelly's SYZYGY Standard Specification. A list of Digilent Zmods can be found through their start page, linked above. Digilent provides IP cores, hierarchical blocks, software libraries, and example projects to support the use of each Digilent Zmod. Guides and documentation on the use of these systems can be found below.
  • The Eclypse Z7 is compatible with modules that conform to Digilent's Pmod™ Specification, including Digilent's line of Pmods.

Development Environments

Important: The Eclypse Z7's tutorials, projects, and system images target Vivado 2019.1, Xilinx SDK 2019.1, and Petalinux 2019.1, and are not officially supported in other versions of Vivado.

Vivado and Xilinx SDK
  • Petalinux is a tool created by Xilinx, used for the creation and modification of Linux images for Xilinx chips, including the Zynq-7000.
    Xilinx's Petalinux Tools Reference Guide (UG1144) covers installation and usage of Petalinux. Chapter 2 discusses the installation process.
    Note: For Windows users, Digilent recommends the use of either a dual-boot Linux setup or virtual machine that fits the requirements specified in UG1144, linked above.

Tutorials, Guides, and Documentation for the Eclypse Platform


    • The documentation of the Zmod Base Library includes the steps necessary to to run one of several Digilent-provided software examples on the Eclypse Platform.


    • This tutorial covers the creation of a basic baremetal application that blinks an LED. Vivado IPI is used to design the system and Xilinx SDK is used to develop the application.
    • This tutorial covers the addition of a hierarchical block supporting a specific peripheral, whether Pmod or Zmod, to an existing IPI design, adding required library source files to a baremetal Xilinx SDK application project, and running an example on the board.
    • This tutorial covers the steps necessary to configure and build the Eclypse Z7 Petalinux project to support a new Zmod configuration.

Additional Guides

    • This tutorial covers the creation of a basic design that blinks an LED, written in an RTL language. The processor is not used.
    • This tutorial covers the basics of Pmod IPs, Creating a simple Vivado IPI design and Xilinx SDK application to run an example on the board. Pmod IPs are not supported by default in Petalinux.

Additional Resources