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Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU111 Evaluation Kit


Product Description

The Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC ZCU111 evaluation kit enables designers to jumpstart RF-Class analog designs for wireless, cable access, early-warning(EW)/radar, and other high-performance RF applications. This kit features a Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC supporting 8 12-bit 4.096GSPS ADCs, 8 14-bit 6.554GSPS DACs, and 8 soft-decision forward error correction (SD-FECs). Complete with Arm® Cortex®-A53 and Arm Cortex-R5 subsystems, UltraScale+ programmable logic, and the highest signal processing bandwidth in a Zynq UltraScale+ device, this kit provides a rapid, comprehensive RF Analog-to-Digital signal chain prototyping platform.

Key Features & Benefits

  • Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU111 Evaluation Board with XCZU28DR-2FFVG1517E RFSoC
  • DDR4 Component – 4GB, 64-bit, 2666MT/s, attached to Programmable Logic (PL)
  • DDR4 SODIMM – 4GB 64-bit, 2400MT/s, attached to Processor Subsystem (PS)
  • Ganged SFP28 cage to support up to 4 SFP/SFP+/zSFP+/SFP28 modules
  • USB3, DisplayPort, and SATA
  • FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC+) interface for I/O expansion including 12 33Gb/s GTY transceivers and 34 user defined differential I/O signals
  • XM500 RFMC balun transformer add-on card with 4 DACs/4 ADCs to baluns 4 DACs/4 ADCs to SMAs

Featured Xilinx Devices

Featuring the Zynq UltraScale+ XCZU28DR-2FFVG1517E RFSoC

12-bit, 4.096GSPS RF-ADC 8
14-bit, 6.554GSPS RF-DAC 8
System Logic Cells (K) 930
Memory (Mb) 60.5
DSP Slices 4,272
33G Transceivers 16*
Maximum I/O Pins 371

*A subset of the available IOs and GTs on the silicon device are mapped on the kit.  Please reference the board user guide for actual mapping.


Board Features

Featuring the Zynq® UltraScale+™ XCZU28DR-2FFVG1517E RFSoC



  • Onboard JTAG configuration circuitry to enable configuration over USB
  • JTAG header provided for use with Xilinx download cables such as the Platform Cable USB 3/2
  • Dual Quad-SPI flash memory
  • Boot from micro-SD card


  • PS 4GB DDR4 64-bit SODIMM at 2400 MT/s
  • PL 4GB DDR4 64-bit Component (four 512 Mb x 16) at 2666 MT/s
  • Dual 2Gb Quad SPI flash
  • SD Card Slot

Communication & Networking

  • RGMII communications at 10, 100, or 1000 Mb/s
  • 4x SFP28 (SFP, SFP+, zSFP, zSFP+) cage
  • UART To USB Bridge
  • RJ45 Ethernet connector
  • SATA (1 x GTR)


  • VESA DisplayPort 1.2 source-only controller supports up to two lanes of main link data at rates of 1.62 Gb/s, 2.70 Gb/s, or 5.40 Gb/s
  • 8x  GPIO user LEDs

Expansion Connectors

  • FMC-HPC (Partial Population) connector (12 GTY Transceivers, 68 single-ended or 34 differential user defined signals)
  • 2x PMOD headers
  • RFMC DAC/ADC plug-in card interface


  • Programmable clocks
  • System clocks, user clocks, RF data converter clocks
  • SMA MGT input clock

Control & I/O

  • 5X directional push buttons
  • 8X DIP switches
  • PMBUS & system controller
  • USB2/3 (1 GTR)


  • 12V wall adapter or ATX

Featured Xilinx Devices

Featuring the Zynq UltraScale+ XCZU28DR-2FFVG1517E RFSoC

System Logic Cells (K) 930
Memory (Mb) 60.5
DSP Slices 4,272
33G Transceivers 16
Maximum I/O Pins 371

What's Inside

ZCU111 Evaluation Board

XM500 RFMC Balun Add-on Card

Power Cords and Adapters

6 SMA Cables

6 Filters

Two 2500 MHz low pass, two 1300 MHz low pass, two 3000-4300 MHz bandpass

Access to a full seat of Vivado® Design Suite: System Edition

Node-locked and device-locked to the XCZU28DR RFSoC

Ethernet Cable

USB Micro Cable



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Tools & IP

Design Tools

Name Description License Type
Vivado Design Suite: System Edition The 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 and device-locked to the Zynq® UltraScale+™ XCZU28DR RFSoC with one year of updates
Xilinx SDK Full suite of tools for embedded software development and debug targeting Xilinx platforms. Included
PetaLinux Tools Configure, Build and Deploy Linux operating system to Xilinx platforms. Included
Board Support Packages (BSP) Pre-configured boot loaders, system images, and bitstream Included

Intellectual Property

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

Additional Tools, IP and Resources

Name Product Category Item Description
Power Advantage Tool Software Tool Power Advantage Tool  – Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC
The Power Advantage Tool is a demo designed to showcase the power features of the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC device
Open Source Software Tool TeraTerm One of many possible terminal emulators used for serial connection from your PC to the evaluation kit.
Xilinx Package Files ZCU111 RFSoC RF Data Converter Evaluation Tool Getting Started Guide and package files downloads.
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