Arty Party- Get a Look at our Arty Line-Up!

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Why Arty?

Our Arty line of products are ready-to-use development platforms designed around Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and All Programmable System on Chip (APSoC) devices from Xilinx. Arty products are incredibly flexible processing platforms, capable of adapting to whatever your project requires. Unlike other single board computers, like Arduino, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi etc, Arty isn’t bound to a single set of processing peripherals. For example: One moment it’s a communication powerhouse chock-full of UARTs, SPIs, IICs, and an Ethernet MAC, the next it’s a meticulous timekeeper with a dozen 32-bit timers, and then it can be configured to monitor voltage and power rails. Additionally, with the universally popular expansion headers (Arduino™ R3 Headers and our Pmod™ headers), our Arty products will become the most adaptable tool in your project tool box.

What makes an Arty an Arty?

In addition to the stand-out, white PCB, there are several features that make an Arty Board recognizable.

  1. White PCB
  2. At least 2 Pmod Ports – (the Arty Z7 has replaced 2 of the Pmod Ports with HDMI in and HDMI Out)
  3. Dual Row Arduino/ chipKIT Expansion
  4. On board programming over USB
  5. Four buttons
  6. Four LEDs
  7. 2 RGB LEDs
  8. 2-4 Switches
  9. USB Power switchable with a 7-15V Barrel Jack Adapter
  10. A USB-UART Bridge
  11. qSPI boot option

What’s with the naming?

You may have notice that all of our newer board names have a bit of a pattern to them. We will cover this in a future blog post, but that name is a bit of a decoding ring.

If you are familiar with Xilinx’s portfolio, you will be able to navigate our naming convention with no issue.

Let’s compare!

The entire Arty Family currently has 3 distinct products within, each with a variant option.

 

Arty S7

(Spartan 7)

Arty A7

(Artix 7)

Arty Z7

(Zynq 7000)

 

 

Arty S7-25 Arty S7-50 Arty A7 Arty A7-100 Arty Z7-10 Arty Z7-20
Arty S7-25
Arty S7-50
Arty A7

(original Arty)

Arty A7-100
Arty Z7-10
Arty Z7-20
Price
TBD
$109
$99
TBD
$149
$209
Partner
Xilinx Xilinx Xilinx Xilinx Xilinx Xilinx
Device Family
Spartan-7 Spartan-7 Artix-7 Artix-7 Zynq Zynq
Device Type
FPGA FPGA FPGA FPGA APSoC
(FPGA + processor)
APSoC
(FPGA + processor)
Part Number
XC7S25-CSGA324 XC7S50-CSGA324 XC7A35RICSG324-1L XC7A100T XC7Z010-1GLG400C XC7Z020-1CLG400C
FPGA Specs:
Logic Cells
23,360 52,150 32,280 101,440 28,000 85,000
Kbits fast block RAM
1,620 2,700 1,800 4,860 2,100 4,900
Clock Management Tiles
3 5 5 6 2 4
DSP Slices
80 120 90 240 80 220
On-chip ADC
0 @ 1 MSPS 1 @ 1 MSPS 1 @ 1 MSPS 1 @ 1 MSPS 2 @ 1 MSPS 2 @ 1 MSPS
Programmable over QSPI
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Processor Specs:
Speed
n/a n/a n/a n/a 650 MHz 866 MHz
Memory Controllers
n/a n/a n/a n/a DDR3, 8 DMA and 4 AXI3 Slave Ports DDR3, 8 DMA and 4 AXI3 Slave Ports
High-Bandwidth Peripherals
n/a n/a n/a n/a 1G Ethernet, USB 2.0, SDIO 1G Ethernet, USB 2.0, SDIO
Low-Bandwidth Peripherals
n/a n/a n/a n/a SPI, UART, CAN, I2C SPI, UART, CAN, I2C
System Features:
Memory
254 MB @ 650 MHz DDR3 and 128 MB Flash 255 MB @ 650 MHz DDR3 and 128 MB Flash 256 MB @ 667 MHz DDR3 and 16 MB Flash 256 MB @ 667 MHz DDR3 and 16 MB Flash 512 MB @ 1050 Mhz DDR3 and 16 MB Flash 512 MB @ 1050 Mhz DDR3 and 16 MB Flash
Programming Circuitry
On-board USB-JTAG On-board USB-JTAG On-board USB-JTAG On-board USB-JTAG On-board USB-JTAG On-board USB-JTAG
Power
USB or 7V-15V external power USB or 7V-15V external power USB or 7V-15V external power USB or 7V-15V external power USB or 7V-15V external power USB or 7V-15V external power
System Connectivity:
Ethernet
n/a n/a 10/100 Mbps 10/100 Mbps 1Gbit 1Gbit
USB-UART Bridge
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
USB
n/a n/a n/a n/a Host only Host only
Interaction & Sensory Devices:
Buttons
4 4 4 4 4 4
Switches
4 4 4 4 2 2
Reset Button(s)
2 2 1 1 2 2
LEDs
4 4 4 4 4 4
RGB LEDs
2 2 4 4 4 4
Audio
n/a n/a n/a n/a PWM PWM
Expansion Connectors:
Pmod Connectors
4 4 4 4 2 2
Arduino™/chipKIT Connectors
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HDMI
n/a n/a n/a n/a Source & Sink Source & Sink

 

If you’d like to learn more about the Arty Family, you can go and see the Arty web page: http://store.digilentinc.com/arty or if you missed our Instagram Live session, you can re-watch it on Facebook!

What do you think about our Arty family? Let us know in the comments!

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2 Comments

  1. Admittedly, I am a little sad to not see a fun photo of the Arty family with them all wearing party hats…

    I also didn’t know that the Arty Z7-10 and -20 supported a gigabit Ethernet connection, so I’m pretty excited about that.

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