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

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. 

For more information, please see the Red Pitaya page

For more information, please see the Digilent page

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. 


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. 


Compatible with MQTT , OpenCV, ROS and PYNQ. 

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

Compute Acceleration platforms

Xilinx introduced Alveo, a new line of acceleration boards that can be used locally for accelerating data processing workloads. 

Recommended boards for the "Acceleration" category include the Alveo U50/U200/U250/U280 boards. 


For more information see the Xilinx Alveo webpage

The ZCU104 is a Zynq Ultrascale+ board from Xilinx that is 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

The Ultra96 from Avnet is a Zynq Ultrascale+ board that is also 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

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

Open Hardware 2021

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


TUL, based in Taiwan, make the PYNQ-Z2 a Z7020 based Zynq platform. The board includes 512 MB DDR3 memory, 2x Pmods, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi headers.

The PYNQ-Z2 is also supported by PYNQ.

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