Courtesy of Avnet

Heard in the Channel: Avnet Introduces Alternative to Chip-Down SoC

Sept. 9, 2014
Avnet Electronics Marketing now offers PicoZed and PicoZed Carrier Card; plus news from Mouser, EmTech, ECIA, and Allied Electronics.
PicoZed, an SOM, is based on the Xilinx Zynq -7000 All Programmable SoC (Courtesy of Avnet)

Avnet Electronics Marketing has released its PicoZed and PicoZed Carrier Card. Part of its System-On Modules (SOMs) based on the Xilinx Zynq -7000 All Programmable SoC, PicoZed allows designers to migrate between Zynq 7010, 7015, 7020, and 7030 All Programmable SoC devices in a pin-compatible footprint. The PicoZed Carrier Card gives the necessary interfaces and access to user I/O from the PicoZed SOM. PicoZed is intended for industrial control, embedded vision, test and measurement, motor control, and software-defined radio applications. The device allows designers to get to market faster by the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC sub-system.

PicoZed has the common functions needed to support most SoC designs, such as memory, configuration, Ethernet, USB, clocks, and power. Additionally, it provides access to more than 100 user I/O pins through three I/O connectors on the back of the module. The connectors can access interfaces for Ethernet, USB, JTAG, power, and other control signals, with GTP/GTX high-speed serial transceivers on the Zynq 7015 and 7030 All Programmable SoC models. These models are a superset of the Zynq 7010 and 7020 All Programmable SoC versions, having an additional four transceiver ports to the I/O connectors.

The PicoZed Card Carrier allows for connector interfaces for the on-module Gigabit Ethernet PHY and USB PHY, and supports common processor system interfaces like a microSD card slot and USB-UART port. Included is an HDMI output port, a second Gigabit Ethernet port, and several peripheral module connectors—with many of the PicoZed’s programmable logic I/O available through a Low-Pin Count (LPC) FMC connector. More information and pricing can be found at

In other industry news:

  • EmTech MIT is coming up in Cambridge, Mass., from September 23-25. The conference features Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics; Francis deSouza, president of Illumina; Yoky Matsuoka, vice president of Technology at Nest Labs; and, Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu.
  • ECIA’s Quality and Reliability Technical Symposium (QRTS) will take place March 23-25, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. The electronic components forum is calling for technical paper submissions, which can be submitted to [email protected]. The conference will focus on four market segments: military/aerospace, medical, automotive, and energy exploration.
  • Mouser has signed a global distribution agreement with Broadcom Corporation. Mouser is Broadcom’s first eCommerce distributor and will offer same-day shipping on many products. Additionally, Mouser also has signed a global distribution agreement with GaN Systems to distribute its Gallium Nitride high power transistors.
  • Allied Electronics has received its AS9102A certification, which is a quality management standard for companies that supply products to the aerospace industry.


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September 16, 2014

Worcester, England

Fall Forecast Seminar 2014

September 17, 2014

Sunnyvale, CA

MIT Technology Review EmTech

September 23-25, 2014

Cambridge, MA

2014 ECIA Executive Conference

October 26-28, 2014

Rosemont, IL


November 11-14, 2014

Munich, Germany

2014 NAED Eastern Region Conference

November 10-12, 2014

Marco Island, FL

Avoidance and Visual Indicators of Counterfeit Parts for Management

November 12, 2014

Online Training Course Sponsored by IDEA

ISM Indirect Procurement Conference

December 3-4, 2014

Phoenix, AZ

Quality and Reliability Technical Symposium

March 23-25, 2015

Mesa, AZ

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About the Author

Sarah Mangiola

Sarah Mangiola has written on many different topics within Penton's Design, Engineering, and Sourcing Group. Originally from California, she graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in political science. 

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