Single Board Computer with HPC FMC IO Site

Cardsharp is a user-customizable, turnkey embedded instrument that includes two A9 CPU cores. Linux runs in core 0 to provide ethernet, USB and disk connectivity while core 1 runs real-time stand-alone applications. Cardsharp is compatible with Innovative's wide assortment of ultimate-performance FMC modules. With its modular IO, scalable performance and easy to use CPU core architecture, the Cardsharp reduces time-to-market while providing the performance you need.


  • Combines an Zynq Z7045 SoC with FMC IO module in a compact, stand alone design
  • Powerful, dual, floating-point Arm A9 CPU performance
  • Rugged, XMC form factor: 149 x 74 mm
  • Self-bootable, stand-alone operation
  • Able to operate diskless and headless
  • Runs Linux applications
  • Configurable IO uses standard HPC FMC IO module. Add anything from RF receivers to industrial control modules.
  • IO site (VITA 57) deliver up to 6 GB/s to PL memory, 2 GB/s to PS memory
  • Optional timing and triggering support for IO includes IEEE 1588 or GPS-disciplined clock
  • Supports Innovative FMC IO module features for private data channels, triggering and timing features
  • USB2.0, 1 Gb Ethernet, eMMC, SPI, RS232 ports
  • System expansion supported with 10 GbE and QSFP via optional ePC-nano carrier
  • Boots Linux from onboard eMMC device
  • Input power: II FMC or no FMC: 8-14 Vdc. Generic VITA 57.1 FMC module: 12 Vdc.


  • Embedded Instrumentation
  • Remote, Autonomous IO
  • Mobile Instrumentation 
  • Distributed Data Acquisition
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Distributed Data Acquisition – Put the Cardsharp at the data source and reduce system errors and complexity. Available IEEE 1588 network or GPS-synchronized timing, triggering and sample control is available for remote IO. Limitless expansion via multiple nodes.

Uniquely customizable – An HPC FMC site for IO, user- programmable FPGA for IO interfaces, onboard GbE and USB. Stand-alone, autonomous operation with precision-timed sampling on FMC data.

Optional ePC-nano carrier exposes 10 Gb Ethernet port/40 Gbps QSFP for fast data streaming and two SATA3 links to connect to large capacity storage media. Continuous data streaming up to 1 GB/s via LAN or SATA devices, 4 GB/s to QSFP-compatible devices.

Rugged – Runs from flash in a compact, rugged footprint that is ready for embedded operation.

8-36V DC-Only Operation – Perfect for portable or automotive data loggers or waveform generators.

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Cardsharp Block Diagram

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