SYZYGY Brain-1

by Opal Kelly

An open, modular ARM + FPGA development platform featuring the new SYZYGY standard for high-performance peripherals

View all updates Jan 02, 2018

Brain-1 Schematics and BOMs

In this new-year update, we’re happy to deliver the schematics and BOMs of the Brain-1 and several of the peripherals. These assets have been released on an Aligni site we created specifically for the SYZYGY hardware projects.

The SYZYGY sources can be accessed through the SYZYGY Aligni site. To do this, connect to the SYZYGY Aligni Site and sign in with our public user account:

  • username: public
  • password: syzygy

From here, you will be able to browse through each project and view the schematic and parts list associated with it. The schematics are attached as PDFs to the assembly item in Aligni. We created several favorites to help you find these items. They are visible on the welcome page when you first log in.

All SYZYGY projects are treated as separate items in Aligni. To quickly browse to a specific project, click on the associated item in the "favorite parts" section.

Within each part you can view the list of subparts that make it up (the BOM). The schematic PDF for each part can be found in the attachments tab. All items on the BOM are also Aligni records so you can visit their pages for additional information.

The current set of SYZYGY projects can be found at these links:

Each part BOM consists of a number of parts. These include (with PMOD4 peripheral given as an example):

  • A top level part containing the BOM, attachments, and revision information (POD-PMOD4)
  • A part-specific assembly part to account for assembly costs (POD-PMOD4-ASSY)
  • A PCB (POD-PMOD4-PCB-20170719). This is where we'll post the PCB layout Gerbers.
  • All other components that make up the assembled part

The BOM for a part can be exported from its associated part list as a CSV for use in other tools.

All parts (assemblies, sub-parts, etc) can be searched using the search button at the top right of the page.

Aligni Navigation

If you’re not already familiar with Aligni, you can read their online documentation to learn a bit about how it’s organized.

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Your gateway to high-powered modular FPGA excitement! Thanks for your support! Includes the Brain-1, an 8 GB microSD card, and 12 V, 3 A power supply.


Pmod POD

The POD-PMOD4 module allows you to attach up to four Digilent™ Pmod peripherals to a single SYZYGY Standard port, making dozens of existing Pmod peripherals available to your project!



POD-DAC-AD9116 is a 2-channel, 125 MSPS, 12-bit DAC (Analog Devices AD9116) as a SYZYGY Standard peripheral. The factory default output stage is transformer-isolated ac-coupled 50 Ω to SMA outputs but can be modified with some resistor swaps to an op-amp driver (ADA4857) for higher-impedance loads for lower-frequency reach.



POD-ADC-LTC2264-12 provides dual 40 MSPS, 12-bit ADC (Linear Technology LTC2264-12) SYZYGY Standard peripheral with transformer-isolated 50 Ω SMA inputs.


Camera POD

POD-CAMERA has 3.4 megapixel 1/3 inch color CMOS image sensor (ON Semiconductor AR0330CM1C00SHAA0) that can capture full HD at 60 fps or reduced frame images at up to 215 fps over the HiSPI data interface. The camera comes with a plastic lens mount and high quality glass lens. This is a SYZYGY Standard peripheral.



The POD-DUALSFP peripheral attaches to a SYZYGY Transceiver port and you can populate one or both cages with any module compatible with the Xilinx gigabit transceivers. Price does not include any transceiver modules. A fiber optic SFP module we have used successfully with Xilinx Aurora is the Finisar FTLF8524P2BNV which is available from Digi-Key, Mouser, Arrow, and Avnet.


6" SYZYGY Standard Cable

One CABLE-STD-6INCH 6 inch SYZYGY Standard cable to extend the reach of your peripheral to PODs or your own board. These are high quality Samtec cables that are also available direct from Samtec with part number: EQCD-020-6.00-TBL-STL-1-B


6" SYZYGY Transceiver Cable

One CABLE-XCVR-6INCH 6 inch SYZYGY Transceiver cable to extend the reach of your peripheralto PODs or your own board. These are high quality Samtec cables that are also available direct from Samtec with part number: HQDP-020-6.00-TBL-STL-1-B


Opal Kelly

Founded in 2004, Opal Kelly offers a range of powerful, off-the-shelf, USB-based FPGA modules, including the easy-to-use Opal Kelly FrontPanel™ software interface and robust API. Opal Kelly products provide the essential device-to-computer interconnect for efficient and fast product prototyping, testing, development, and OEM integration.

Jake Janovetz


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