Any series 7 Xilinx device or later can be used for the competition. Participants may apply to the Xilinx University Program for a donation of an XUP board. The donation request must be made by the project supervisor.

Please see the Xilinx University Program donation webpage


FPGA Design

Teams can use any platform supported by the Vivado design suite. 

The XUP FPGA boards are the Basys 3, the Nexys 4 DDR, and the Nexys Video.

Red Pitaya is an open-source-software measurement and control tool that consists of easy-to-use visual programming software and free of charge, ready-to-use open-source, web-based test and measurement instruments running on a powerful, credit card-sized board. 

The ADM-PCIE-7V3 is a x8 PCIe form factor board based on the Xilinx Virtex-7.

The 7V3 can be used with Xilinx SDAccel in the cloud through Nimbix.


Contact XUP to request access.

The Trenz Electronic TE0726 is a Rasberry Pi compatible FPGA module integrating a Xilinx Zynq-7010, 512 MByte DDR3L SDRAM, 4 USB ports, an Ethernet port and 16 MByte Flash memory for configuration and operation.


For project ideas see the Hackaday ZynqBerry project page 



A range of XUP boards with academic discount are available from Digilent, including the Basys 3, Nexys 4 DDR, Zybo, and Zedboard.


Register with Digilent to apply for academic pricing. 

For more information, please see the Trenz Zynqberry page

For more information, please see the Digilent page

For more information, please see the Alpha Data 7V3 page

For more information, please see the Red Pitaya page


Embedded Systems

The three XUP Zynq boards are Zybo, Zedboard and the PYNQ-Z1. 


Vivado, or the SDSoC development environment can be used to create Zynq designs.

SDSoC is a software environment that automates the process of creating hardware accelerators, and the data movers and DMAs to transfer data through the system, generating your software application, and a Linux kernel or other OS.

SDSoC is a powerful tool for rapid prototyping and creation of Zynq Designs.


To request SDSoC, or any other Xilinx licenses, please apply via the Xilinx University Program donation webpage
















The PYNQ-Z1 is based on the Zynq 7020 and includes Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI in and out, Audio, Pmods, and an Arduino header. 

For more information on the board, please see the PYNQ-Z1 webpage


PYNQ is an open-source project from Xilinx that makes it easy to design embedded systems with Zynq.


Using the Python language and libraries, designers can exploit the benefits of Zynq to build more capable embedded systems.

For more on PYNQ see


Open Hardware 2017

Open Hardware is run in partnership by the Xilinx University Program, the Europractice Software Service (STFC), and CNFM

The EMC²-Z7015 is a PCIe/104 OneBank™ SBC with a Xilinx Zynq SoC, Artix-7 FPGA fabric and a VITA57.1 FMC™ LPC I/O board.


The board includes high-speed I/O interfaces, like USB2.0, HDMI, 1Gb Ethernet and SATA.

For more information, please see the Sundance page

Selection of Partner boards