Intel® SoC FPGAs are ARM* processor-based and inherit the strength of the ARM ecosystem. Intel, our ecosystem partners, and the Intel SoC FPGA user community provide a wide range of options to meet your SoC FPGA development needs.

SoC FPGA Ecosystem

There are a number of options for operating systems, development tools, intellectual property (IP) cores, and professional services. Many are provided by ecosystem partners.

Operating Systems

Arria® V SoC FPGAs include a sophisticated high-performance multicore ARM* Cortex*-A9 processor.  This processor can be used for a wide range of functions from very simple bare-metal applications running on one of the available cores to high-bandwidth, low-latency , real-time operations. For a simple single-core application with minimal real-time constraints, bare-metal application can be build using Intel SoC FPGA Hardware Libraries (HWLIBs). However to take full advantage of the capabilities of the device it is highly recommended to use an operating system (OS). The chosen operating system can be a simple real-time kernel running on a single-core or a full-featured operating system such or Linux, or one of a number of multicore-capable real-time operating systems. 

In addition to open-source Linux, there are a number of commercial operating systems available for the Arria® V SoC FPGA.

You can obtain Linux* and open-source products for Intel SoC FPGAs on RocketBoards.org. This site provides a development environment and collaboration for embedded developers using SoC FPGAs. For information about the Golden System Reference Design that comes pre-installed on the Intel SoC FPGA boards, search rocketboards.org for “GSRD”.

 

Operating System Ecosystem for Arria® V SoC FPGAs

Operating System Company Available
Abassi Code Time Technologies Yes
Carrier Grade Edition 7 (CGE7) MontaVista Yes
INTEGRITY RTOS Green Hills Software Beta
ThreadX Express Logic Yes
uC/OS-II, uC/OS-III Micrium Yes
VxWorks Wind River Yes
Wind River Linux Wind River Yes

Why Use an Operating System?

Operating systems are highly optimized to take full advantage of the processor capabilities and limitations. It has been found that real-time operating systems designed for Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) will generally provide similar or better performance and lower latency than bare-metal applications (no operating system). Commercial operating systems also typically include specialized embedded development tools, middleware, technical support, and are thoroughly tested in the operating system partner's test framework.

Development Tools

For professional quality development tools including JTAG debuggers and instruction trace functions consider the following options:

Development Tools Ecosystem for Intel® Arria® V SoC FPGAs

Company Product Description Available
Lauterbach TRACE32 Lauterbach TRACE32 is family of modular microprocessor development tools that include debug, trace, and instruction-set simulators that support the Nios® II processor and the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore* processor-based SoC. Yes
MathWorks Simulink Embedded Coder Use Simulink and Embedded Coder from MathWorks to generate C/C++ code for Cyclone® V SoC FPGAs. When used in combination with Intel® SoC FPGA support from HDL Coder, this solution can be utilized in a hardware or software workflow spanning simulation, prototyping, verification, and implementation on SoC FPGAs. Coming Soon
iSystem iC5000 iSYSTEM’s embedded on-chip debug or analyzer, real-time test and measurement tool platform. It is based on programmable hardware where support for different microcontroller families and features is controlled via software. Major benefit is one time investment into hardware while supported debug and advanced test feature set can be extended at any time via software. Coming Soon
SEGGER J-Link J-Link debug probes support up to 3 MBps download speed to RAM and high speed flashloaders, as well as the ability to set an unlimited number of breakpoints in flash memory of microcontroller units (MCUs). Coming Soon
Wind River Workbench Software development tools for VxWorks on the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore* processor in Cyclone® V SoC FPGA, Arria® V SoC FPGA, and Intel® Arria® 10 SoC FPGA. Yes
Mentor Embedded Sourcery CodeBench GNU toolchain support for the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor-based SoC FPGA Virtual Target. Yes
Altium Tasking VX-toolset Optimizing C compiler, assembler, linker, and locator. Coming Soon

IP Cores

IP Cores Ecosystem For Intel® Arria® V SoC

Company IP Description Available
Coveloz IEEE 1588-2008 KEPLER-1588 is a system for precise synchronization over Ethernet using the IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Timing Protocol (PTP)  Yes

Fujisoft

Graphics accelerator for Android

Accelerates graphics functions for Android OS

Coming Soon

TES Electronic Solutions

Graphics rendering

2D, 2.5D, 3D, and HD graphics rendering with support for  EGL 1.3, OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenVG 1.01 APIs

Coming Soon

For a complete list of third-party and Intel FPGA IP for a full range of functions including memory controllers, PCIe* interfaces and more, refer to the IP Portfolio page.

Nios II® Soft Processor

The Nios® II processor, the world's most versatile processor, according to Gartner Research, is the most widely used soft processor in the FPGA industry. The Nios II processor delivers unprecedented flexibility for your cost-sensitive, real-time, safety-critical (DO-254), ASIC-optimized, and applications processing needs. The Nios II processor supports all Intel SoC FPGA and FPGA families.

Design Services Network

Design Service Network (DSN) members offer an extensive portfolio of design services, IP, and products that can help customers meet challenging product development needs, lower risk, and accelerate time to market. They have expertise designing with Intel FPGAs, tools, and IP combined with application experience to offer customers design services ranging from selecting the right FPGA to full turnkey or systems-level design.

Boards

Arria® V SoCs are supported by a wide range of development kits, boards, and system on modules (SoMs).

Standalone Boards

Standalone boards are sometimes included as part of a development kit.  A development kit typically includes software and hardware. The Intel Arria V SoC development kit includes the board and all associated cables, documentation, and software development tools (SoC EDS and ARM DS-5 AE).

System on Module

SoC system on modules (SoM) are small, integrated single-board computers with Cyclone V or Arria V SoCs at its core. The SoC SoM includes DDR3 memory, flash memory, power management, common interface controllers, and board support package (BSP) software to help you create a fully customized embedded design without starting from scratch. 

Arria® V SoC FPGA Reference Links