Enclustra unveils Mercury+ XU6 primarily based on Xilinx's Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC


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Enclustra recently introduced two modules, Andromeda XZU90 SoM and Mercury+ XU6, capable of running Linux. Today’s focus will be on the Mercury+ XU6 that is built around the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC that is an ultra-compact package with integrated H.264 / H.265 video codec. The hardware Mercury+ XU6 system on module comes into the light with only measuring 65 x 54mm supporting UltraScale+ models with up to 256K logic cells.

As mentioned earlier, the Mercury+ XU6 system on module is powered by the Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC that features ARM dual-/quad-core Cortex-A53 clocked up to 1333 MHz and ARM dual-core Cortex-R5 running at a clock speed of 533 MHz. The system on module is integrated with up to 8GB DDR4 ECC SDRAM, 16GB eMMC flash, and 64MB QSPI flash storage.

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Features of Mercury+ XU6 System on Module:

  • CPU: Xilinx’s Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC with ARM dual-/quad-core Cortex-A53 (64 bit, up to 1333 MHz) ARM dual-core Cortex-R5 (32 bit, up to 533 MHz)
  • GPU: Mali-400MP2
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4 ECC SDRAM
  • Flash memory: 16 GB eMMC flash, 64 MB QSPI flash
  • Interfaces: PCIe Gen3 x4, PCIe Gen2 x4, 2x USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
  • Dimension: 65 × 54 mm
  • Power supply: 5–15 V supply
Mercury+ PE1 Baseboard
Mercury+ PE1 Baseboard

When we talk about any system on module, it requires a carrier board where it can be plugged or soldered. The manufacturer comes with two baseboards that support Mercury+ modules. The first Mercury+ PE1 has IO interfaces for almost every application and has three variants for building custom FPGA and SoC-based hardware.

The Mercury+ ST1 carrier board is designed for rapid prototyping and for building FPGA systems. For those looking to buy the Mercury+ XU6 module for the video codec and implement it in a video-based application, this Mercury+ ST1 baseboard is well suited for such applications due to its wide range of I/O interfaces.

Mercury+ ST1 Carrier Board
Mercury+ ST1 Carrier Board

Enclustra also unveiled the Andromeda XZU90 SoM, but it is still under development and is designed for high-end applications. For a single unit, the Mercury+ XU6 is priced in the range of $299.00 to $1134.00, depending on the variant. More details on the hardware specifications are available on the official product page.



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