The KCU105 is a high-performance, high-speed design platform providing the integration of hardware, software, IP, and reference designs which enables quicker time-to-innovation for researchers. Based around the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA, it is equipped with industry-standard peripherals, connects, and interfaces that offer a rich set of features suitable for a wide range of applications.
Key Platform Benefits
Accelerates research by providing a feature-rich platform for implementing and validating embedded system architectures and algorithms
Addresses specific research needs through a hardware/software programmable system and application-specific daughter cards (e.g., analog interface module)
Enables a faster path to commercialization by sourcing commercial-grade components and through compliance with commercial standards and interfaces (e.g., PCI-express, Ethernet)
The KCU105 is suitable for research in:
- Embedded system design and emulation, specially hardware and software IP design and proof of the concept such as video codec, imaging/signal processing, communication protocol, etc., which needs advanced memories, connectivity, digital signal, and embedded processing
- Hardware-In-Loop (HIL) co-simulation, from system-level to verify the hardware design on FPGA
- FPGA-based application acceleration in various research fields
- Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA (XCKU040) with
- 530k programmable logic cells
- 21.1Mb block RAM
- 1,920 DSP slices
- 20x 16.3Gb/s transceivers
- 2GB DDR4 component memory
- 64MB Quad SPI Flash
- Serial connectivity via PCIe Gen2x4, SFP+ and SMA, USB, UART, IIC
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Multiple connections including Serial I/O, Compact Flash, and PCI-express
- HDMI output, LCD display, user buttons, and DIP switches, etc.
- FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) connectors for 3rd-party daughtercards, including analog and video I/O
How to Access
The KCU105 platform has been delivered as a shared resource to a number of institutions participating in the Embedded Systems Canada (emSYSCAN) national project. For information on where these and other development systems are located (and who to contact to gain access), visit the Development Systems Community national catalog.