Last week, the first orders of the Avnet ZedBoard shipped to customers around the world. If any of you have had the opportunity to visit an X-fest event (I’m talking to more than 5,000 of you), then you've been able to get up close and personal with the board itself. And now customers are getting their hands on their very own. Features of the ZedBoard are detailed here, but I wanted to give you a deeper look at some of the Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) components featured on the board.
Upon opening the box, new ZedBoard owners will see the ADV7511, a 225 MHz High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI®) transmitter. The HDMI transmitter supports all HDTV formats, as well as 3D video. In addition to these features, the ADV7511 supports x.v.Color™, high bit rate audio, and programmable AVI InfoFrames. With the inclusion of HDCP, the ADV7511 allows the secure transmission of protected content as specified by the HDCP 1.4 protocol.
Another ADI component featured on the ZedBoard is the ADAU1761 low power, stereo audio codec. This advanced audio codec supports stereo 48 kHz record and playback at 14 mW from a 1.8 V analog supply. The stereo audio ADCs and DACs support sample rates from 8 kHz to 96 kHz as well as a digital volume control. Another feature of the ADAU1761 is the SigmaStudio™ graphical development tool. This software includes audio processing blocks such as filters, dynamics processors, mixers, and low level DSP functions for fast development of custom signal flows. Also of note, is ADI’s open source efforts in supporting their devices. According to this ADI wiki post, ADI is leading the effort to get Ubuntu Desktop Linux established as a viable development platform for ZedBoard. This will open the possibilities of using ZedBoard not only as an extensible processing platform, but also as a single board desktop computing platform as well.
Debatably one of the best features of the ZedBoard is the community found on www.ZedBoard.org. Here you can find reference designs, documentation, community projects and support. Our forums were created to not only answer questions, but also to give users the opportunity to share how they are using the ZedBoard and ways to make it work for different applications.
To everyone who has received, or will be receiving their ZedBoard, thank you for your order. Please feel free to share your thoughts below or on ZedBoard.org. Or share pictures of your ZedBoard on Twitter #ZedBoard.