AMD Versal™ AI Edge Series VEK280 Evaluation Kit

by: AMD

The VEK280 Evaluation Kit, equipped with the AMD Versal™ AI Edge VE2802 adaptive SoC, offers AIE-ML and DSP hardware acceleration engines, along with multiple high-speed connectivity options. This kit is optimized for ML inference applications in markets such as automotive, vision, aerospace and defense, industrial, scientific, and medical.

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Product Description

The VEK280 Evaluation Kit is a new evaluation platform based on the Versal AI Edge series VE2802 device. The VEK280 board targets AIE-ML applications with increased compute performance, lower latency, and a higher level of integration enabled by the Versal AI Edge series device. As an adaptive SoC, the Versal AI Edge series allows developers to rapidly evolve their sensor fusion and AI algorithms while leveraging a scalable device portfolio for diverse performance and power profiles from edge to endpoint.

As an evaluation platform, the primary focus for the VEK280 board is to enable evaluation and development of Versal AI Edge series-based applications. The VEK280 board is not intended to be used in volume production and does not require complete reliability and production qualification.


  • AI Edge Box
  • Machine Vision Cameras
  • Medical Imaging Devices


  • Edge Sensor (e.g., radar, LiDAR, vision)
  • Domain Controller Offload
  • Sensor Processing, Aggregation, and Fusion


  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Converged Networking
  • Industrial-Grade PCs

Aerospace and Defense

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • MILCOM Radio
  • Data and Signal Processing Systems

Key Features and Benefits

  • Optimized to enable application development for the Versal AI Edge series
  • Delivers 4X AI performance/watt vs. leading GPUs1
  • Integrated video decoder unit supports H.264/H.265
  • HDMI 2.1 video input and output
  • PCIe® Endpoint Gen4x16
  • 2x CAN-FD buses
  • 12 GB (6x 2 GB, 32-bit), 192-bit LPDDR4 component
  • 1x FPGA mezzanine card (FMC+) interface for I/O expansion; 8x GTYP transceivers
  • 1x SFP28 cage

Featured AMD Devices

Featuring the Versal AI Edge XCVE2802-2MSEVSVH1760 Adaptive SoC

AI Engine-ML Tiles 304
DSP Engines 1,312
System Logic Cells (K) 1,139
LUTs 520,704
Programmable NoC Ports 21
Application Processing Unit Dual-core Arm® Cortex®-A72
Real-Time Processing Unit Dual-core Arm Cortex-R5F
Total AI Compute (INT8) 228 TOPS
GTYP Transceivers 32 2
PCIe® w/DMA (CPM) 1 x Gen4x16
PCI Express 4 x Gen4x8
40G Multirate Ethernet MAC 2
Video Decoder Engines (VDEs) 4

1. Versal AI Edge VE2802 vs. Jetson AGX Xavier (MAX N-Mode), ResNet50 224x224, batch=1
2. 16 GTYP transceivers are dedicated to CPM5 for PCI Express use.

VEK280 chip

Product Information


Board Features

Featuring the Versal™ AI Edge XCVE2802-2MSEVSVH1760 Adaptive SoC

VEK280 board
Board Specifications Value
Height 9.47 inches (24.05 cm)
Length 7.34 inches (18.64 cm)
Thickness 64.55 mil ±08% (1.6396 mm ±10%)
Operating Environmental Temperature 0C to +45C
Storage Environmental Temperature -25C to +60C
MicroSD Yes
LPDDR4 Component 12 GB (6x 2 GB, 32-bit), 192-bit @ 3700 Mb/s
Control I/O
User Pushbuttons 2
DIP Switches 4
User LEDs 4
System Controller Yes
Expansion Connectors
VITA 57.4 FMC+ 8 GTYPs, 68 user-defined signals
PCIe® Gen4x16 1
PMOD (12-pin) 1
Communications & Networking
UART to USB Bridge 1
CAN-FD Buses 2
RJ-45 Tri-Speed Ethernet Connectors 2 (PL); 1 (PS); 1 (SysCtrl)
SFP28 1
HDMI 2.1 Video Output 1
HDMI 2.1 Video Input 1
Programmable LPDDR4 Component  1
Programmable SFP 1
Programmable FMC+ 1
PCIe Clock Buffer 1
1588 Clock 25 MHz on board (Master Mode)
External (Slave Mode)
System Controller Reference Clock (Fixed) 1
156.25 MHz HSDP (Fixed) 1
180W (12V) Power Supply Yes
Power-on Reset Yes
What’s Inside

What's Inside the Box

Featuring the Versal AI Edge  XCVE2802-2LSEVSVH1760 Adaptive SoC

Versal AI Edge  XCVE2802-2LSEVSVH1760 Adaptive SoC



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Design Tools

  • Vivado Design Suite: The EDA tool suite to create projects for the VEK280 board. Node-locked and device-locked to the Versal™ Premium XCVE2802 device, with one year of updates.
  • Vitis™ Unified Software Platform: The full suite of tools for developing embedded software, debugging Versal devices, and running targeted reference designs and example designs.


PetaLinux Tools, Board Support Packages, and Prebuilt Images

  • To build custom Linux images with modifications, visit the PetaLinux tool page to get an installer and latest board supported packages (BSP).
  • To boot with Linux images without modifications, download pre-built PetaLinux images.
Get Started

Get Started with VEK280

To jump-start prototyping and application development with the VEK280, visit the Wiki page.

  • Prep work
  • Board setup
  • Run the PetaLinux BSP pre-built image
Get Started with VEK280
Training & Support