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Ultra96-V2 Industrial Temperature Grade Single Board Computer (SBC)

Arm-based Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+™ MPSoC development board rated for industrial temperatures based on the Linaro 96Boards specification

Ultra96-V2 Industrial Temperature Grade - top angled view

Avnet announced the Ultra96-V2 SBC in Spring 2019 with a supported temperature range of 0° C to +60° C. However, this re-design of the original Ultra96 also paved the way for a version supporting an industrial temperature range. The Ultra96-V2 was designed with components supporting a wider temperature range, but additional validation, testing, and a new thermal dissipating device were required. Now with successful validation, the Ultra96-V2 I-grade SBC joins the Ultra96-V2 C-grade SBC in Avnet’s design-in portfolio.

The Ultra96-V2 C-grade SBC replaced the original Ultra96 product (now called Ultra96-V1) that was released in 2018. Like the Ultra96-V1, the Ultra96-V2 is an Arm-based, Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+™ Multi-Processor System-on-Chip (MPSoC) single board computer (SBC) based on the Linaro 96Boards Consumer Edition (CE) specification.

Designed with a certified radio module from Microchip, the Ultra96-V2 I-g is available worldwide. Additional power control and monitoring is enabled through the included Infineon power management integrated circuit solution.

All Ultra96-V2 manufactured after October 2019 incorporate a new heatsink developed in cooperation with Aavid, Thermal Division of Boyd Corporation. Aavid helped design a passive thermal solution that enables industrial temperature operation with superior thermal conductivity and dissipation capabilities. The new heatsink enhances the thermal dissipating capabilities of the existing Ultra96-V2 C-grade SBC. This heatsink was also critical in allowing the Ultra96-V2 I-grade SBC to complete testing and verification at an operating temperature range from -40° C to +85° C (-40° F to 185° F) . The functionality of the I-grade product is identical to the Ultra96-V2 C-grade SBC.

Ultra96-V2 boots from a provided Delkin 16GB MLC, mechanically rugged microSD card. The C-grade SBC ships with a Delkin Utility Series card (rated -25° C to +85° C) while the I-grade SBC ships with a Delkin Utility+ Series card (rated -40° C to +85° C) . Engineers have the option to connect to Ultra96-V2 through a webserver using integrated Wi-Fi access point capability. Alternatively, they can use the provided Linux Matchbox window environment, which can be viewed on the integrated Mini DisplayPort video output. Multiple application examples and on-board development options are provided.

Ultra96-V2 provides four user-controllable LEDs. Engineers can also interact with the board through the 96Boards-compatible low-speed and high-speed expansion mezzanine connectors by adding peripherals, such as those included in the MikroE Click Mezzanine for 96Boards (available as an accessory).

Micron LPDDR4 memory provides 2GB of RAM in a 512M x 32 configuration. Wireless options include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 Low Energy. The radio module is agency certified in over 75 countries. UARTs are accessible on a header as well as through the expansion connector. JTAG is available through a header. The convenient JTAG/UART Pod (available as an accessory) provides both JTAG and UART connections via USB. I2C and SPI are available through the expansion connectors.

Two Microchip USB3320 USB 2.0 ULPI Transceivers and one Microchip USB5744 4-port SS/HS USB Controller Hub enable multiple USB connections. Ultra96-V2 provides one upstream (device) and two downstream (host) USB 3.0 connections. A USB 2.0 downstream (host) interface is provided via the high-speed expansion.

An IDT VersaClock 6E clock generator provides timing for USB 3.0, USB 2.0, DisplayPort, and the Xilinx MPSoC primary clock input.

The integrated Infineon programmable power regulators generate all on-board voltages from an external 12V supply as well as providing access to power telemetry through PMBus connectivity.

[1] Two components (barrel jack and microSD card cage) have a lower limit of -25° C rather than -40° C. All other components have an option to meet or exceed the -40° C to 85° C range.

[2] System airflow is required at higher ambient temperatures. Avnet’s testing forced air over the heatsink at 6.3 CFM.

[3] https://www.delkin.com/products/industrial-microsd/commercial-mlc-microsd/

Features

  • Micron 2GB (512M x32) LPDDR4 Memory
  • Delkin 16GB microSD card + adapter
  • Downloadable SD card image for Linux OS with Matchbox desktop environment
  • Microchip Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
  • IDT VersaClock 6E clock generator
  • Infineon high efficiency power management
  • Mini DisplayPort (MiniDP or mDP)
  • 1x USB 3.0 Type Micro-B upstream port
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 Type A downstream ports
  • 40-pin 96Boards low-speed expansion header
  • 60-pin 96Boards high-speed expansion header
  • 85mm x 54mm form factor
  • Linaro 96Boards Consumer Edition compatible

Applications

  • Extreme/rugged environments – indoor/outdoor and low/high temperature ranges
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • IoT/cloud connectivity for add-on sensors
  • Embedded computing
  • Robotics
  • Entry-level Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC development environment
  • Training, prototyping and proof-of-concept demo platform
  • Wireless design and demonstrations using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Markets

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive and transportation
  • Communications and telecommunications
  • Embedded vision
  • Healthcare
  • Home and building automation
  • Industrial and manufacturing, including smart factories
  • Lighting
  • Security and surveillance
  • Smart cities

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