The Arty Z7 is a ready-to-use development platform designed around the Zynq-7000™ All Programmable System-on-Chip (AP SoC) from Xilinx. The Zynq-7000 architecture tightly integrates a dual-core, 650 MHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with Xilinx 7-series Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) logic. This pairing grants the ability to surround a powerful processor with a unique set of software defined peripherals and controllers, tailored by you for whatever application is being conquered. The design process is very straightforward and provides a systematic path between defining your custom peripheral set and bringing it's functionality up to a Linux OS running on the processor. Digilent provides a number of materials and resources for the Arty Z7 that will get you up and running with this process quickly.