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Altera debuts Cyclone V SoC dev kit

Posted: 25 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SoC development kit? FPGA? adaptive debugging?

Altera Corp. has introduced a development platform that the company said enables hardware and software developers to speed up embedded systems design development. Developed together with ARM, the Cyclone V SoC development kit features the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition Toolkit software, which according to the firm is the industry's only FPGA-adaptive debugging software that allows designers to simultaneously view the processor and FPGA portions of the device.

The Cyclone V SoC development kit features the Cyclone V SX SoC with an 800MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 110K logic elements of logic density, 3.125Gb/s transceivers, PCI Express (PCIe) rootport and end-point support, and DDR3 memory for both the FPGA and hard processor system via hardened memory controllers.

The Altera SoC Embedded Design Suite (EDS) features the ARM DS-5 Altera EditionToolkit that removes the debugging barrier between the integrated dual-core processor sub-system and FPGA fabric in Altera SoCs. By combining the most advanced multi-core debugger for the ARM architecture with the ability to adapt to the logic contained in the FPGA, the toolkit provides embedded software developers an unprecedented level of full-chip visibility and control through the standard DS-5 user interface, touted the companies.

An integrated USB-Blaster probe supports both FPGA and processor download and debug through the use of a single probe. An on-board MICTOR connector supports connection to other popular debug probes such as the Lauterbach TRACE32 and ARM DSTREAM probes.

The kit includes a set of memories, peripherals and interfaces, as well as a high-speed mezzanine connector (HSMC). The HSMC allows daughtercards to be added, extending system capabilities for a wide range of applications including motor control, automotive driver assistance and video surveillance, added the firm. Two on-board Ethernet PHYs are provided that support all the top industrial networking protocols including EtherCAT, PROFINET and EtherNet/IP.

The Altera Cyclone V SoC development kit is available for $1,595 with production shipments in May 2013. Hardware development is supported in Quartus II Subscription and Web Editions, starting with the soon-to-be released Quartus II software version 13.0. The SoC EDS v13.0 provides a complete set of software development tools and is available in two editions: Subscription Edition and the free Web Edition.

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