RFSoC 2x2 Kit


RFSoC 2x2 Kit

Xilinx’s Radio Frequency System-on-Chip (RFSoC) devices have created a new class of integrated circuit architecture for the communications and instrumentation markets. RFSoCs combine high-accuracy ADCs and DACs operating at Giga samples per second with programmable heterogeneous compute engines.

XUP is offering the RFSoC 2x2 kit exclusively for academic customers. The kit features:

  • $2,149* available only to academic customers 
  • RFSoC 2x2 board with 2 RF DAC and 2 RF ADC channels
  • PYNQ framework with Jupyter Lab for exceptional ease-of-use 
  • Open-source resources including teaching materials, notebooks, and design examples
  • Complete end-to-end reference designs including spectrum analyzers and software defined radios
  • Dedicated project webpage at rfsoc-pynq.io 
  • GitHub-hosted repositories of all project materials
  • Online community support forum

Register with XUP as academic to  purchase

What is included?

  • RFSoC 2x2 Board
  • 12V 72W power supply unit
  • USB 3.0 A to Micro B Cable
  • 2 RF cables with SMA connectors
  • 16 GB MicroSD card with pre-loaded Linux and PYNQ image



RFSoC 2x2 Board Key Features

Feature Description
  • ZYNQ UltraScale+ RFSoC XCZU28DR 
I/O Interfaces
  • 2 RF ADCs and 2 RF DACs
  • External clock, sync & pulse-per-sec ports
  • 2 USB 3.0 Host
  • USB 3.0 Slave
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • JTAG port for development
  • 4GB DDR4, 64-bit PS accessible 
  • 4GB DDR4, 64-bit PL accessible
  • MicroSD card reader
Switches and LEDs

Connected to the programmable logic IO

  • 4 switches 
  • 2 RGB LEDs 
  • 4 LEDs
  • 5 pushbuttons 

Connected to the processor system 

  • 1 pushbutton
Clock sources
  • 128 MHz for PL 
  • 33 MHz for PS
  • 12.288 MHz for RF
Expansion ports
  • 1 SYZYGY STD port
  • 2 Pmod ports
Power Monitoring
  • Active monitoring of power supply currents and voltages

Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC XCZU28DR Key Features

  • 64-bit Quad ARM® Cortex™-A53 MPCore™ and dual-core ARM Cortex-R5F with CoreSight™
  • 32 KB Instruction, 32 KB Data per processor L1 Cache in APU
  • 1 MB unified L2 Cache in APU
  • 32 KB Instruction, 32 KB Data per processor L1 Cache and TCM in RPU
  • 256 KB On-Chip Memory w/ECC
  • UART, CAN 2.0B, I2C,  SPI, 128b GPIO
  • USB 2.0/3.0,  Tri-mode Gigabit Ethernet,  SD/SDIO 3.0 on-chip peripherals
  • Display Port, SATA
  • 930K system logic cells
  • 60.5 MB of fast on-chip RAM
  • 4,272 DSP slices
  • 16 33G Transceivers
  • 8 12-bit 4.096 GSPS RF-ADC (2 of which are available on the RFSoC 2x2)
  • 8 14-bit 6.554 GSPS RF-DAC (2 of which are available on the RFSoC 2x2)
  • 32-bit and 64-bit bus width support for DDR4, DDR3, DDR3L, or LPDDR3 memories, and 32-bit bus width support for LPDDR4 memory
Tools & IP


Vivado™ ML is the AMD software suite for HDL and system-level design. Vivado includes a HDL simulator, IP Integrator for system-level integration, and tools for synthesis, implementation, bitstream generation and programming of AMD platforms.

Vivado Standard edition is a device limited version of the full Vivado enterprise edition and is free-of-charge and does not require a separate license.Licenses for the Vivado Enterprise edition which includes support for all AMD devices are available to universities from the XUP donation program.

You can select the free Vivado standard edition or the full Enterprise edition when you run the installer.

Download the Vivado installer


Vitis™ is the AMD design software for targeting Alveo acceleration cards. It also includes software development tools for AMD embedded devices including the Zynq families. Vitis includes Vitis HLS, a C-based High-Level-Synthesis design tool that can be used standalone or from within Vitis for creating hardware accelerated kernel. Vitis is free of charge and does not require a separate license.

Download the Vitis installer

Contact XUP if you have any questions about AMD software or to discuss your requirements.

Docs & Designs

Additional Information and Supporting Material



How to purchase at the academic price?

In order to purchase the kit at the academic price, you will need to:

  • Be a full-time member of staff at an accredited academic institution
  • Enroll in the XUP Program if you have not done so yet
  • Fill out the form describing your RF teaching or research project

Once the request is approved, you and HTG will be notified with directions to purchase the kit.