Reference Design - RD-KU3

V1.0 : 10th June 2015


The RD-KU3 provides a fully functional PCI Express Bridge interface with direct slave and DMA engine driven user interfaces, memory management interface and initial external IO interfaces for 40G Ethernet and SATA.

The reference design includes:

    -    Example "getting started" projects for Vivado IP Integrator.

    -    PCIe Backend IP core encrypted netlist, including high-performance scatter-gather DMA engines

    -    Board management and monitoring VHDL source code

    -    Comprehensive host device drivers for Linux and Windows 7

    -    Linux and Windows 7-64 bit edition API

    -    Bit-file reference design for SODIMM

    -    Reference design to demonstrate 10G Ethernet PHY connectivity

Also included is access to the Alpha Data Support download lounge for latest updates.

Note: RD-KU3 is not required if the intended for Xilinx SDAccel development.

Design Flow

Classic Hardware Design Flow

Reference designs available:

Example Design


Comes with RD-KU3



Memory Interface example Design


PCIe Register Access Example


PCIe DMA Performance Example


SFP+/QSFP+ IBERT Loopback Demo

Basic 10G/25G loopback test for SFP+/QSFP using pseudo random tester

SFP+/QSFP 10GE XGMII Loopback Demo

10G XGMII to SFP+/QSFP tester

QSFP+ 40GE XGMII Loopback Demo

40G XGMII to QSFP tester

SATA MAC IP and example PHY

Low Level SATA controller design


Dual-PCIE core Demo

Dual PCI Express End Point system

Getting Started Block Diagrams

Basic PCIe Block Diagram Demo

Simple PCI Express End Point with memory mapped interface

SDRAM PCIe Block Diagram Demo

Simple PCI Express End Point attached to onboard memory


- Available

- In Development


  • Data Center
  • Network Accelerator
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Data Processing
  • System Modelling
  • Market Analysis


  • PCI Express Bridge with DMA engines
  • SODIMM DDR3 Memory Interface
  • 40G Ethernet PCS to QSFP interface

Related Board


photo of ADM-PCIE-KU3
Block diagram of ADM-PCIE-KU3

Xilinx Kintex UltraSCALE Family logo

Product Support

Alpha Data also provide initial email and telephone support for these products. Long term support can also be purchased as well as design services.

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