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Altera, ARM roll out FPGA-adaptive embedded software toolkit

Posted: 21 Dec 2012  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA  JTAG  Ethernet debugging 

Altera Corp. and ARM have revealed that they have jointly developed a DS-5 embedded software development toolkit with FPGA-adaptive debug capabilities for Altera SoC devices. According to the companies, the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition toolkit is geared to remove the debugging barrier between the integrated dual-core CPU sub-system and FPGA fabric in Altera SoC devices.

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 offers embedded software developers an unprecedented level of full-chip visibility and control through the standard DS-5 user interface, the firms indicated.

Altera SoC devices combine a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with FPGA logic on a single device, giving users the power and flexibility to create custom field-programmable SoC variants by implementing user-defined peripherals and hardware accelerators in the FPGA fabric. Altera is currently shipping initial samples of its Cyclone V SoC devices.

According to the firms, the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition toolkit dynamically adapts to unique customer configurations of the FPGA within the SoC to seamlessly extend embedded debugging capabilities across the CPU-FPGA boundary and unify all software debugging information from the CPU and FPGA domains with the standard DS-5 user interface. When combined with the advanced multi-core debugging capability of the DS-5 Debugger, and the link to the Quartus II software SignalTap logic analyser for cross-triggering capability, the toolkit delivers an unprecedented level of debugging visibility and control that leads to substantial productivity gains.

The ARM DS-5 toolkit suite claims to offer the most advanced multi-core debugger in the market for the ARM architecture. It supports debugging on systems running in asymmetric multi-processing (AMP) and symmetric multi-processing (SMP) system configurations. It is broadly used for board bring-up, driver development, OS porting, bare-metal and Linux application development, through JTAG and Ethernet debugging interfaces, and offers Linux and RTOS awareness.

The toolkit will be included in the Altera SoC Embedded Design Suite and will begin shipping in early 2013 for $995.





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