The Z7000-P3 is a powerful system on a chip FPGA based payload computer with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore and FPGA logic with 125K programmable cells. The Z7000-P3 is a suitable choice as a payload computer with requirements for high data-rates and processing capabilities.
The Z7000-P3 offers a broad range of interfaces including LVDS/SpaceWire and up to 1Gb Ethernet. Furthermore, traditional OBC interfaces such as CAN, UART, I2C etc are supported. For standard control interface for commanding and telemetry, Space Inventor recommends using the CAN bus.
For storage of payload generated data a mass memory system is included with a capacity up to 64GB. The processing platform consists of a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processing unit which is assisted with a NEON media-processing engine and a single and double precision Vector Floating Point Unit (VFPU). The supported operating system is FreeRTOS but also Linux can be implemented. The control software will enable the application to be reprogrammable in a secure environment with a fallback system in case of failure. This also includes reprogramming of the logical blocks in the FPGA.
The Kintex-7 FPGA logic has 125K programmable logic cells and contains support for lock up tables, flip flops, DSP blocks, IO blocks etc.
To mitigate integration and radiation risks, the Z7000-P3 uses high-quality Harwin connectors and is protected by a 1.5 mm Al enclosure.