The Bitvis Embedded software group has recently been using Zedboard for investigating embedded Linux with real-time patch. This research is elaborated in the articles section
The Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC (AP SoC) family integrates the software programmability of an ARM®-based processor with the hardware programmability of an FPGA, enabling key analytics and hardware acceleration while integrating CPU, DSP, ASSP, and mixed signal functionality on a single device.
ZedBoard™ is a complete development kit for designers interested in exploring designs using the Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC. The board contains all the necessary interfaces and supporting functions to enable a wide range of applications. The expandability features of the board make it ideal for rapid prototyping and proof-of-concept development.