[Updated]: It turns out there are 2 editions of this board, and it looks like the premium one with a 10 Gigabit SFP+ connector is not yet available in the USA. However, I did some research and the lesser version of this board – the 3EV – has a SYZYGY connector, which supports SFP+ peripherals.
So I ordered these 2 accessories and am awaiting a response from the manufacturer in case they actually do have one of the premium boards available:
- https://opalkelly.com/products/szg-dualsfp/ ($79.95)
- https://www.radwell.com/en-US/Buy/FINISAR/FINISAR/FTLF8524P2BNV ($27.28)
If you have a bigger budget than that of a hobbyist, or are a hobbyist that is willing to spend more to create your own FPGA accelerated Network card, then read on.
So the Zynqberry board may look cool and all, but it is limited to a 100Mbit network connection. Now from all the 10 gigabit boards, I wanted to pick one that has that ‘hobbyist’ feel to it. Something I can put on my desk and connect it with USB to my desktop in order to program it. And if on the road, do the same with my laptop.
This board will allow me to test out with an actual 10 gigabit connection. I also have some code written somewhere that will do some basic parsing. So while I wait for this board and the Zynqberry to arrive, I will start doing some digging.
And how does “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” end?
“There are two kinds of people in the world, those with guns and those that dig. You dig.”
Well, I want to expand on this knowledge and say that:
“There are two kinds of developers in this world, those with LabVIEW FPGA and those that debug. You debug all day?”
So I just ordered this Zynq UltraScale board from Digilent. It cost $1,149.00.