Power (BORAXpress)

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Power Supply Unit (PSU) and recommended power-up sequence

Implementing correct power-up sequence for Zynq-based system is not a trivial task because several power rails are involved. Bora Xpress SOM simplifies this task and embeds all the needed circuitry. The following picture shows a simplified block diagram of power supply subsystem.

BoraX PSU simplified block diagram


The recommended power-up sequence is:

  1. main power supply rail (3.3VIN) ramps up
  2. carrier board circuitry raises CB_PWR_GOOD; this indicates 3.3VIN rail is stable (1)
  3. Bora Xpress's PSU enables and sequences DC/DC regulators to turn circuitry on
  4. SOM_PGOOD signal is raised; this active-high signal indicates that SoM's I/O is powered. This signal can be used to manage carrier board power up sequence in order to prevent back powering (from SoM to carrier board or vice versa).

Please note that FPGA Bank 13, FPGA Bank 34 and FPGA Bank 35 of the PL must be powered by carrier board even if they are not used to implement any function. Three dedicated power rails are available for this purpose (VDDIO_BANK34, VDDIO_BANK35 and VDDIO_BANK13), offering the system designer the freedom to select the I/O voltage of these three banks. The power rails of these banks are enabled by the SOM_PGOOD signal and are connected to the I/O power supply rail provided by the carrier board.

Bora Xpress's PSU is designed to be robust against misbehaving power rails. However, the recommended power-on ramp for core and I/O supplies ranges from 1 to 6 V/ms.

N.B.: Regarding power off, it is recommended that I/O supply is turned off before core supply.

(1) This step is not mandatory and CB_PWR_GOOD can be left floating. CB_PWR_GOOD is provided to prevent, if necessary, Bora Xpress's PSU to turn on during ramp of carrier board 3.3VIN rail. Depending on carrier board's PSU design, this may lead to undesired glitches during ramp-up.

XCN15034 and power-off sequence

On 29th September 2015 Xilinx released a Product Change Notice indicating new power on/off requirements about Zynq components. A specific analysis has been undertaken with the help of Xilinx technical support to verify the compliance of Bora Xpress with respect to the new requirements. This activity has led to the following recommendation: in order to prevent situations that might not fulfill such requirements, 3.3VIN off ramp speed must not exceed 47V/s.

For more details about this matter, please refer to AR #65240[1] and XCN15034[2].
  1. http://www.xilinx.com/support/answers/65240.html
  2. http://www.xilinx.com/support/documentation/customer_notices/xcn15034.pdf