Avnet Electronics Marketing Unveils Xylon Touchscreen HMI Reference Design for the MicroZed Evaluation Kit

PHOENIX — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 29, 2013Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:  AVT) today announced the release of a new touchscreen Human Machine Interface (HMI) reference design from Xylon, a leading provider of advanced FPGA application solutions, IP cores and design services for its MicroZed™ evaluation kit. The MicroZed is based on the Xilinx® Zynq™-7000 All Programmable SoC.

The reference design is available for free and showcases the MicroZed working as a Linux-based System-on-Module (SOM) with a graphics touchscreen HMI that is connected to an I/O Carrier Card and the 7-inch Zed Touch Display Kit from Avnet Electronics Marketing. The MicroZed uses ilixi user interface toolkit to run several DirectFB and Qt graphics applications on the attached LCD display and to control them by the capacitive touchscreen.

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“The software driver for Linux, as well as the evaluation version of Xylon’s display controller core, both included in this reference design, will help engineers save significant time in the conception of their products,” said Jim Beneke, vice president of global technical marketing for Avnet Electronics Marketing. “Through this reference design, our experts can help engineers expedite the creation of their own applications – at the lowest possible cost.”

“We are thrilled by the success of our logicBRICKS reference designs for the ZedBoard and their acceptance by the respectable design community spearheaded by Avnet Electronics Marketing,” said Davor Kovacec, CEO and founder of Xylon. “Extending our support to the MicroZed is a logical step forward, as we especially admire its SOM form factor, which helps engineers build fully customized electronics assemblies that leverage the ultimate Zynq-7000 SoC flexibility.”

System designers can use the demonstrated HMI as a basis for their next Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable design and integrate it with their application specific parts. The LCD display is controlled by Xylon’s logiCVC-ML advanced display controller logicBRICKS IP core, which is compatible with the Xilinx Vivado® IP Integrator (IPI) design and verification environment. The logiCVC-ML IP core supports multiple graphics layers, hardware accelerated layers blending, different pixel formats and video output formats, and comes with software drivers that assure a smooth integration with the Linux operating system.

Design deliverables include: evaluation logiCVC-ML Compact Multilayer Video Controller IP core, hardware design files prepared for Xilinx Vivado 2013.2 design suite, complete Linux OS image, ilixi User Interface (UI) toolkit and application framework for DirectFB, Xylon logicBRICKS software drivers for Linux OS, and DirectFB and Qt demo applications.

Visit Xylon and download the free Touchscreen HMI reference design.

Visit Xylon’s video gallery to see the demonstration video.

Besides the display controller IP core used in this demo design, Xylon offers 2D and 3D graphics accelerator IP cores that improve graphics performance and off-load Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC Processing System. To learn more about logicBRICKS graphics accelerators, please check out the logiREF-ZGPU-ZED graphics engine reference design for the ZedBoard™ Evaluation Kit from Avnet Electronics Marketing.

To learn more about Xylon’s logicBRICKS software support for non-Linux operating systems, please click here.

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About Xylon

Xylon is an electronic company focused on Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design development. It was established in 1995 and is based in Zagreb, Croatia. Xylon offers a comprehensive IP cores library named logicBRICKS, and it is optimized for Xilinx FPGA architectures. Xylon’s expertise in the fields of embedded graphics, video, image processing and networking is confirmed by a large number of successful FPGA designs, which are produced by our partners and distributed worldwide. All of Xylon’s IP cores are exhaustively tested to ensure that they can be easily implemented and integrated in the customers’ designs. Xylon is a Premier Member of the Xilinx Alliance Program. More information can be found at www.logicbricks.com, the official Xylon web site.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 80 countries, distributing electronic components and embedded systems from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain, supply-chain and value-added integration services. The group's website is located at www.em.avnet.com.

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