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 



For more information, please see the Trenz Zynqberry page

Selection of Partner boards

Vivado and Vitis software can be used.


Vitis is a new unified software platform that enables a broad range of developers - including software engineers and AI scientists - to take advantage of the power of hardware adaptability. 


Vitis is free-or-charge and available to download from


To request a Vivado license or any other Xilinx (IP) licenses, please apply via the Xilinx University Program donation webpage
















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. Any donation request must be made by the project supervisor.

Please see the Xilinx University Program donation webpage


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

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

Recommended Zynq and Zynq Ultrascale+ boards include the PYNQ-Z1, PYNQ-Z2, ZUC104, and Ultra96 from Avnet.

Amazon EC2 F1 is a compute instance with Xilinx Virtex Ultrascale+ devices that you can program to create custom hardware accelerators for your application. 

AWS-F1 can be used for the Open Hardware "Compute acceleration" category. 


For more information, see the XUP AWS F1 page 

PYNQ platforms

The Sundance VCS-1 is a PC/104 Linux stack composed of the EMC2 , and FM191 expansion card. EMC2 is a PCIe/104 OneBankā„¢ carrier for a Trenz compatible SoC Module. 

Sundance are also offering a Lynsyn kit giveaway. Lynsyn measures power for sections of code helping you make your design as power efficient as possible.  

For more information, please see the Sundance VCS-1 page

Compute Acceleration platforms

Xilinx Alveo are PCIe boards intended for compute acceleration and the recommended platform for the Open Hardware "Compute Acceleration" category. Current boards include the Alveo U50/U200/U250/U280. 

Free remote access to Alveo hardware is available to academics through the Xilinx XACC program.


For more information see the Xilinx Alveo webpage

The ZCU104 is a Zynq Ultrascale+ board from Xilinx, supported by PYNQ. 

The board features a Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC XCZU7EV, 2 GB DDR4 Memory, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3.0, LPC FMC. 


For more information, please see the Xilinx ZCU104 webpage

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

Open Hardware 2021

The PYNQ-Z2 from TUL is the recommended platform for getting started with PYNQ. The PYNQ-Z2 includes a Zynq Z7020, 512 MB DDR3 memory, 2x Pmods, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi headers.

For more information, please see the TUL PYNQ-Z2 page

For more information, please see the Digilent 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. 

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.

PYNQ is an open-source project that makes it easier to use Xilinx platforms.


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

For more on PYNQ see


The Ultra96 from Avnet is a Zynq Ultrascale+ board supported by PYNQ. 

The board features a Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZU3EG, 2 GB DDR4 Memory, Wi-Fi / Bluetooth, Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0.


For more information, please see the Avnet Ultra96 page

Red Pitaya offer free loan boards for use in the Open Hardware design competition.

For more information, please see the Red Pitaya page