Virtex UltraScale+ 56G PAM4 VCU129 FPGA Evaluation Kit

by: AMD

The VCU129 board incorporates the Virtex™ UltraScale+™ 58G PAM4 Transceiver-enabled VU29P FPGA. This kit is ideal for evaluating and prototyping Next Generation Ethernet and other 50G+ interfaces enabled by AMD 58G PAM4 Transceiver Technology included in the VU29P FPGA.


Product Description

The VCU129 board incorporates the Virtex™ UltraScale+™ 58G PAM4 VU29P FPGA that integrates PAM4 transceivers to enable next-generation networking platforms.

The VCU129 evaluation kit demonstrates SerDes technology leadership by AMD and takes advantage of the cost-effective thermal design of  lidless packaging methodology from AMD.

VCU129 features multiple common high-speed interconnects, onboard memories, and PCIe® Gen 3 interface. The VCU129 evaluation kit is built for designing a broad range of connectivity with high processing capability for 5G infrastructure, data center, and test & measurement applications.

Key Features & Benefits

High-speed interconnects for real-world evaluation

  • Multiple 56G interfaces including SFP56, OSFP, QSFPDD, BullsEye Gen2, and SMK
  • Multiple 28G interfaces including SFP28 and QSFP28

Onboard peripheral & memory for broad applications

  • 288MB RLDRAM3 memory and 16GB DDR4 DIMM
  • PCIe® Gen3 x8
  • 10/100/1000Mb/s Ethernet

Power efficient & high performance transceivers

  • Full utilization of all GTM transceivers in 56G mode with FEC
  • Superior cooling requirement with low power consumption

Featured AMD Devices

Featuring the Virtex UltraScale+ XCVU29P-L2FSGA2577E FPGA

GTM 56Gb/s PAM4 Transceivers 48
GTY 28Gb/s Transceivers 32
100G / 50G KP4 FEC 24 /48
100G Ethernet w/ KR4 RS-FEC 15
Block RAM + UltraRAM (Mb) 454.5
DSP Slices 12,288
System Logic Cells (K) 3,780

Product Information


Board Features

Featuring the Virtex™ UltraScale+™ XCVU29P-L2FSGA2577E FPGA

Board Specifications Value
Length 15.00 inch (38.10 cm)
Height 11.50 inch (29.21 cm)
Thickness (+/-5%) (±5%): 0.125 inch (0.3175 cm)
Operating Environmental Temperature 0°C to +45°C
Storage Environmental Temperature -25°C to +60°C
DDR4 DIMM 16GB DIMM installed
RLD3 Component 288MB 72-bit
Communications & Networking
OSFP 56G Interface 1
SFP56 Interface 4
QSFPDD 56G Interface 2
QSFP28 Interface 2
SFP28 Interface 6
Ethernet Port 1
PCIe® Endpoint Interface Gen1 (x1, x2, x4, x8), Gen2 (x1, x2, x4, x8), Gen3 (x1, x2, x4, x8)
USB JTAG UART with micro-B USB Connector Yes
User Interfaces
DIP Switches Yes
LEDs Yes
Push Button Yes
Control & I/O
12V Wall Adapter Yes
ATX Power Compatible Yes
What’s Inside

What's Inside the Box

Featuring the Virtex™ UltraScale+™ XCVU29P-L2FSGA2577E FPGA




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Tools & IP

Design Tools

Name Description License Type
Vivado Design Suite: System Edition The AMD 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 Virtex™ UltraScale+™ XCVU29P FPGA, including 1 year of updates.

Intellectual Property

Name Description License Type
Memory Interface Generator (MIG) MIG is a free software tool used to generate memory controllers and interfaces for AMD FPGAs. Included

Additional Tools, IP and Resources

Provider Name Product Category Item Description
Open Source Software Tool TeraTerm One of many possible terminal emulators used for serial connection from your PC to the evaluation kit.
Training & Support