The Parallella Board

The Parallella platform is an open source, energy efficient, high performance, credit-card-sized computer based on the Epiphany multicore chips developed by Adapteva. This affordable platform is designed for developing and implementing high performance, parallel processing applications developed to take advantage of the on-board Epiphany chip. The Epiphany 16-core chips consist of a scalable array of simple RISC processors programmable in C/C++ connected together with a fast on-chip network within a single shared memory architecture.

Overview

The Parallella computer platform is an open source, energy efficient, high performance, credit-card-sized computer based on the Epiphany multicore chips from Adapteva. This affordable platform is designed for developing and implementing high performance, parallel processing. Applications developed to take advantage of the on-board Epiphany parallel processor can achieve unprecedented performance at the lowest power in the industry.

The Epiphany 16-core chips consist of a scalable array of simple RISC processors programmable in C/C++ or a parallel programming framework like OpenCL. The mesh of independent cores is connected together with a fast on-chip network within a single shared memory architecture.

Highlights
  • Credit-card-size computer
  • Low cost, low power multicore platform
  • HDMI, Ethernet, USB and 48 GPIO pins
  • Dual-core ARM and 16-core RISC processors on board
  • ANSI C/C++ and OpenCL programmable
Benefits
  • Accessible solution with Open Source hardware and software
  • Simple and low-cost integration due to implementation flexibility and resource availability
  • Powerful platform with
    • Dual-Core ARM Processor
    • Programmable FPGA
    • Epiphany 16-core parallel processor
Features
  • Zynq-Z7010 or Z7020 Dual-core ARM A9 CPU
  • 16-core Epiphany Multicore Accelerator
  • 1GB RAM
  • MicroSD Card
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • 4 general-purpose expansion connectors
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • HDMI port
  • Linux Operating System
  • 54 mm x 87 mm form-factor
Target Applications

Consumer:

  • Smartphones and tablet app acceleration
  • High-end audio
  • Computational photography
  • Speech Recognition
  • Face detection/recognition

Computing Infrastructure:

  • Super Computers
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Data-center Appliances
  • High-Frequency Trading

Communication:

  • Communication test-bed
  • Software defined radio
  • Adaptive Pre-distortion

Medical:

  • Ultrasound
  • CT

Mil/Aero:

  • Radar/Sonar
  • Extremely-Large Sensor Imaging
  • Hyperspectral Imaging
  • Communication Jamming
  • Military Radios
  • Munitions/Guidance

Industrial/Instrumentation:

  • Machine Vision
  • Autonomous Robots/Navigation
  • Automotive Safety
  • High-Speed Data Acquisition/Generation

Other:

  • Compression
  • Security Cameras
  • Video Transcoding
Parallella Models Parallella-16 Microserver Parallella-16 Desktop Computer Parallella-16 Embedded Platform
  Parallella-16
Microserver
Parallella-16
Desktop Computer
Parallella-16
Embedded Platform
Use Case Ethernet connected headless server A personal computer Leading edge embedded systems
Host Processor Zynq Z7010 Zynq Z7010 Zynq Z7020
Coprocessor Epiphany III Epiphany III Epiphany III
Memory 1 GB DDR3 1 GB DDR3 1 GB DDR3
Ethernet 10/100/1000 10/100/1000 10/100/1000
Storage Micro SD Micro SD Micro SD
USB No Yes Yes
HDMI No Yes Yes
Expansion IO No 2 eLinks + 24 GPIO 2 eLinks + 48 GPIO
FPGA Yes
28K Programmable Logic Cells
80 Programmable DSP Slices
Yes
28K Programmable Logic Cells
80 Programmable DSP Slices
Yes
80K Programmable Logic Cells
220 Programmable DSP Slices
Weight 1.3 oz (36 grams) 1.4 oz (38 grams) 1.4 oz (38 grams)
Size 3.5 x 2.1x 0.625" (90x5x18 mm) 3.5 x 2.1x 0.625" (90x5x18 mm) 3.5 x 2.1x 0.625" (90x5x18 mm)
SKU P1600-DK-xx P1601-DK-xx P1602-DK-xx
HTS Code 8471.41.0150 8471.41.0150 8471.41.0150

View DetailsParallella-16 Micro Server

The Parallella-16 Micro Server Board is a cost effective bare-metal board for technical experts interested in parallel computing who want to use the board as an accelerator or standalone device in a client/server configuration, the Micro Server unlocks the powerful capabilities of the Parallella-16 board and the Epiphany parallel processor via the gigabit Ethernet network connection.

Use Case Ethernet connected headless server
Host Processor Zynq Z7010
Coprocessor Epiphany III
Memory 1 GB DDR3
Ethernet 10/100/1000
Storage Micro SD
USB No
HDMI No
Expansion IO No
FPGA Yes
28K Programmable Logic Cells
80 Programmable DSP Slices
Weight 1.3 oz (36 grams)
Size 3.5 x 2.1x 0.625" (90x5x18 mm)
SKU P1600-DK-xx
HTS Code 8471.41.0150

View DetailsParallella-16 Desktop Computer

The Parallella-16 Desktop Computer is a fully-enabled programmable computer based on the Parallella-16 board in a complete computer form-factor and includes the Epiphany III parallel processor, the Xilinx Zynq 7Z010 CPU, and has Ethernet, USB, HDMI, Serial peripheral interfaces, as well as multiple GPIO ports.

Use Case A personal computer
Host Processor Zynq Z7010
Coprocessor Epiphany III
Memory 1 GB DDR3
Ethernet 10/100/1000
Storage Micro SD
USB Yes
HDMI Yes
Expandsion IO 2 eLinks + 24 GPIO
FPGA Yes
28K Programmable Logic Cells
80 Programmable DSP Slices
Weight 1.4 oz (38 grams)
Size 3.5 x 2.1x 0.625" (90x5x18 mm)
SKU P1601-DK-xx
HTS Code 8471.41.0150

View DetailsParallella-16 Embedded Platform

The Parallella-16 Embedded Platform is a fully-enabled programmable computer based on the advanced Xilinx Zynq 7Z020 CPU with expanded FPGA. The board includes the Parallella-16 board in a complete computer form-factor, with the Epiphany III parallel processor, Ethernet, USB, HDMI, Serial peripheral interfaces, as well as multiple GPIO ports. The Parallella-16 Embedded Platform includes the expanded FPGA and GPIO of the Zynq 7Z020 and is well suited for embedded applications

Use Case Leading edge embedded systems
Host Processor Zynq Z7020
Coprocessor Epiphany III
Memory 1 GB DDR3
Ethernet 10/100/1000
Storage Micro SD
USB Yes
HDMI Yes
Expansion IO 2 eLinks + 48 GPIO
FPGA Yes
80K Programmable Logic Cells
220 Programmable DSP Slices
Weight 1.4 oz (38 grams)
Size 3.5 x 2.1x 0.625" (90x5x18 mm)
SKU P1602-DK-xx
HTS Code 8471.41.0150

Accessories

Digi-Key also offers the following peripheral devices found useful to extend or develop with the Parallella:

Power Supply

Digi-Key Part Number Description View Details
102-3424-ND AC/DC WALL MOUNT ADAPTER 5V 12W View Details
T1233-P5P-ND AC/DC WALL MOUNT ADAPTER 5V 15W View Details
993-1357-ND AC/DC WALL MOUNT ADAPTER 5V 12W View Details

Micro SD Card

Digi-Key Part Number Description View Details
1052-1110-ND FLASH SD CARD 8GB View Details
AF8GUDI-OEM-ND MICRO SD CARD 8GB INDUSTRIAL View Details

HDMI-A Male to Micro HDMI-D Male Cable

Digi-Key Part Number Description View Details
WM1283-ND CONN CABLE ASSY A-D 32AWG 2M View Details
WM1284-ND CONN CABLE ASSY A-D 34AWG 1.5M View Details

USB Cable A Male to Micro B Male

Digi-Key Part Number Description View Details
AE10419-ND CABLE USB-A TO MICRO USB-B 1M View Details
AE10342-ND CABLE USB-A TO MICRO USB-B 2M View Details
GC14301-ND USB 2.0 A-PLUG TO MCRO-B-PLUG 1M View Details
GC14302-ND USB 2.0 A-PLUG TO MCRO-B-PLUG 2M View Details

Breakout Daughtercard

Digi-Key Part Number Description View Details
1554-1003-ND PARALLELLA-16 PORCUPINE BOARD View Details