Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA Connectivity Kit


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The Kintex®-7 FPGA Connectivity Kit is a 20Gb/s platform for high-bandwidth and high-performance applications containing all the necessary hardware, tools and IP to power quickly through your evaluation and development of connectivity systems. This includes a 20Gb/s targeted reference design featuring PCI Express®, a DMA IP core from Northwest Logic, 10GBase-R, AXI, and a Virtual FIFO memory controller interfacing to an external DDR3 memory. To control and monitor this design, the board includes a connectivity GUI built on Fedora Live OS which includes all the software drivers.  Additionally, this board contains the relevant SFP+ FMC daughter card, cable and transceiver modules needed to utilize this design.

What's Included

  • KC705 Evaluation Board featuring the XC7K325T-2FFG900C FPGA
  • Connectivity targeted reference design
    • Featuring PCI Express, a DMA IP core from Northwest Logic, 10GBase-R, AXI, and a Virtual FIFO memory controller interfacing to an external DDR3 memory
  • Control & monitor GUI, Fedora 16 Live OS DVD, required software drivers and source code
  • FMC daughter card featuring ganged SFP cages supporting up to 4x SFP+ modules
  • Two 10Gb Ethernet transceiver modules and a single fiber optic patch cable
  • Full seat Vivado® Design Suite
    • Device-locked to the Kintex-7 325T FPGA
  • Printed Getting Started Guide specifically tailored to the connectivity board
  • Contains all hardware and soft content also available in the KC705 base evaluation board
    • Hardware such as cables and power supply
    • Soft content including all reference designs, demos, board design files and documents to quickly get started with evaluation

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 KC705 Base Board

Kintex-7 FPGA

 Key Features

FPGA: Kintex-7 XC7K325T-2FFG900C
  • ROHS compliant KC705 kit including the XC7K325T-2FFG900C FPGA
  • Onboard JTAG configuration circuitry to enable configuration over USB
  • 128MB (1024Mb) Linear BPI Flash for PCIe® Configuration
  • JTAG header provided for use with Xilinx download cables such as the Platform Cable USB II
  • 16MB (128Mb) Quad SPI Flash
  • 1GB DDR3 SODIMM  800MHz / 1600Mbps
  • 128MB (1024Mb) Linear BPI Flash for PCIe Configuration
  • 16MB (128Mb) Quad SPI Flash
  • SD Card Slot
Communication & Networking
  • GigE Ethernet GMII, RGMII and SGMII
  • SFP / SFP+ cage
  • GTX port (TX, RX) with four SMA connectors
  • UART To USB Bridge
  • PCI Express x8 edge connector
  • HDMI Video output
  • External Phy/codec device driving an HDMI Connector
  • 2x16 LCD display
  • 8x LEDs
Expansion Connectors
  • FMC-HPC (Partial Population) connector (4 GTX Transceiver, 116 single-ended or 58 differential (34 LA & 24 HA) user defined signals)
  • FMC-LPC connector (1 GTX Transceiver, 68 single-ended or 34 differential user defined signals)
  • Vadj can support 1.8V, 2.5V, or 3.3V
  • IIC
  • Fixed Oscillator with differential 200MHz output
    • Used as the “system” clock for the FPGA
  • Programmable Oscillator with 156.250 MHz as the default output
    • Default frequency targeted for Ethernet applications but oscillator is programmable for many end uses
  • Differential SMA clock input
  • Differential SMA GTX reference clock input
  • Jitter attenuated clock
    • Used to support CPRI/OBSAI applications that perform clock recovery from a user-supplied SFP/SFP+ module
Control & I/O
  • 5X Push Buttons
  • 4X DIP Switches
  • Diff Pair I/O (1 SMA pair)
  • AMS FAN Header (2 I/O)
  • 7 I/O pins available through LCD header
  • 12V wall adapter or ATX
  • Voltage and Current measurement capability of 2.5V, 1.5V, and 1.2V, 1.0V supplies (IIC path to FPGA)
  • XADC header

SFP+ Daughter Card & Peripherals

Key Features

S14 FMC Daughter Card

  • Ganged SFP+ cage on compact form factor FMC daughter card
  • Supports up to four (4) SFP/SFP+ transceiver modules
    • Two are included in this kit and used by the Kintex-7 Connectivity TRD
  • Enables high-speed serial (fiber optic or copper) connections into MGT interfaces.
  • Supports a wide range of SFP and SFP+ transceivers with signaling rates up to 10Gbps

Transceiver Modules (qty 2)

  • 10Gb Ethernet transceiver modules compliant with the 10GBASE-SR standard

Optical Cable (qty 1)

  • Multimode fiber optic patch cables combine scalable 10-Gig performance

Xilinx offers a 90-day limited warranty on this product. See Limited Warranty for detailed information.

NameDescriptionLicense Type
Vivado Design Suite Design EditionThe Xilinx Vivado® Design Suite is a revolutionary IP and System Centric design environment built from the ground up to accelerate the design for all programmable devices.Node Locked, Device-locked to the Kintex-7 325T FPGA
PCI Express DMA Back-End Core (Northwest Logic)PCI Express DMA Back-End Core (NWL)Evaluation License
- 12 hour hardware timeout
Memory Interface Generator (MIG)MIG is a free software tool used to generate memory controllers and interfaces for Xilinx FPGAsNo-Charge IP

Featured Design: Kintex-7 Connectivity Targeted Reference Design

Latest Documents and Design FilesDocumentation and design files for the Kintex-7 Connectivity Kit.
Master Answer RecordThe latest information answer records for the KC705.
Solution CenterAvailable to address all questions related to Xilinx Boards and Kits.

The KC705 base board is used as the foundation for the Kintex-7 Connectivity Kit. Visit the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 Base Evaluation Kit page for more information.

For additional resources, check out the Reference Design Portability Demo featuring the Kintex-7 KC705 and Virtex-7 VC707 Evaluation Kits.

Foundational Material
Provider NameContent TypeItemDescription
XilinxVideo DemoDDR3 Demo1600Mbps, 64-bit SODIMM demonstration
Analog Devices IncVideo DemoRF DAC FMC Daughter Card Demo 
Analog Devices IncVideo DemoJESD204b ADI DemoDemonstration with the Xilinx KC705 base board and ADI's AD9250
NXPVideo DemoJESD204b NXP DemoDemonstration with the Xilinx KC705 base board and NXP's ADC1443D200
Faster TechVideo Demo4x SFP+ FMC Daughter CardShows the S-14 FMC daughter card working on both the ML605 and KC705 evaluation kits.
Faster TechVideo DemoDual QSFP+ FMC Daughter CardShows the S-28 FMC daughter card working on the VC707.
Design & Applications
Provider NameProduct CategoryItemDescription
Analog Devices IncReference DesignADV7511 HDMI Reference DesignHDMI HDL / project supporting KC705 and other Xilinx platforms
XilinxDesign ExampleSGMII Ethernet Mac Example DesignCommunity supported design simplifying how to get SGMII working quickly
Tools, IP and Software
Provider NameProduct CategoryItemDescription
Red HatOperating SystemFedorav16.2 being used for 7-series TRDs
Open SourceSoftware ToolTeraTermOne of many possible terminal emulators used for serial connection from your PC to the evaluation kit.
Related Hardware Products
Provider NameProduct CategoryItemDescription
XilinxKitKintex-7 KC705 Evaluation KitThe KC705 base board is used as the foundation for the Kintex-7 Connectivity Kit.
XilinxKitKintex-7 Embedded KitXilinx Embedded kit which utilizes the KC705 base board
Faster TechFMC CardS-14 SFP+FMC Daughter CardUsed with connectivity kit to enable 4x SFP+ connections through FMC on the KC705
4DSPFMC CardFMC700Use signals from both FMCs to create a fully populated HPC
AvnetKitKintex-7 DSP KitUtilizes the same base board as the KC705 kit but added additional DSP hardware and reference designs.
Analog Devices IncComponentADV7511 HDMI transmitterPreferred solution used on the KC705 for HDMI output