The folks at Aldec tell me that they now support ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore application development and verification in their HES-7 ASIC prototyping platform.
The HES-7 leverages the Xilinx Virtex-7 2000T All Programmable FPGA and the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC, and it includes peripherals supporting media interfaces, memories, and additional connectors to expand the development of a wide array of SoC applications.
The HES-7 ASIC prototyping platform – coupled with open-source Linux, Android, and FreeRTOS solutions available from Xilinx – provides software developers of ARM Cortex-A9 applications with a complete SoC platform. These applications, along with the 4 to 96 million ASIC gate scalable capacity of HES-7, deliver a powerful verification platform for design teams comprised of hardware and software engineers.
Designers can now leverage the serial processing capabilities of the Cortex-A9 processor for applications that require intensive computations and operating systems with the parallel processing capabilities of HES-7 ASIC prototyping platform to create applications across a diverse range of markets including: Video, Communications, Control Systems and Bridging.
Essential SoC peripherals
New SoC Peripherals provide designers the ability to interface real-world stimuli to the design-under-test (DUT) on the HES-7 ASIC prototyping platform. Users can utilize gigabit Ethernet transceivers to develop networking applications, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth v2.1 to develop wireless systems, or High Performance HDMI Transmitter to develop home entertainment products. Memories and connectors provide additional data storage for read/write capability of today’s popular memory interfaces, and the ability to connect external hardware with the HES-7. Availability
HES-7 with ARM Cortex-A9 support is available today with an industry-leading 1 year limited warranty. All current HES-7 customers with a dual-FPGA configuration will be provided the enhanced ARM Cortex-A9 daughterboard support with additional peripherals at no additional cost. Customers with single-FPGA HES-7 will receive the essential SoC peripherals daughterboard at no additional cost.
For Technical Specifications and more on the HES-7 ASIC Prototyping Platform along with its enhanced capabilities, please visit www.aldec.com/products/HES-7
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