Getting Started

Intel SoC FPGA Embedded Development Suite (EDS)

Both Editions include ARM* Development Studio 5* (DS-5*) Intel SoC FPGA Edition (license-managed). Please refer to the comparison chart below to compare both versions. After downloading the software, follow the corresponding guide in License Activation to activate your license.

Standard Edition

*Limited Version DS-5 (Free License) and Full-Featured DS-5 (Paid License)

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Includes ARM DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition

Pro Edition

*Limited Version DS-5 (Free License) and Full-Featured DS-5 (Paid License)

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Includes ARM DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition

Features and Availability

Intel SoC FPGA Embedded Development Suite

Key Features Free License (Standard) Paid License (Standard) Free License (Pro) Paid License (Pro)
Supported Device Families        
Cyclone® V SoC    
Arria® V SoC    
Intel® Arria 10 SoC
Intel® Stratix® 10 SoC    
DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition Features        
Linux* application debugging over Ethernet

Debug with Intel FPGA Download Cable II

  • Board bring-up
  • Device driver development
  • Operating system (OS) porting
  • Bare-metal programming
  • ARM CoreSight* trace support
   

Debug with DSTREAM

  • Board bring-up
  • Device driver development
  • OS porting
  • Bare-metal programming
  • ARM CoreSight trace support
   

FPGA-adaptive debugging

  • Auto peripheral register discovery
  • Cross-triggering between CPU and FPGA domains
  • ARM CoreSight trace support
  • Access to System Trace Module (STM) events
   
Streamline Performance Analyzer support Limited Limited
Compiler Tools        
Linaro Compiler
Sourcery CodeBench Lite ARM EABI GCC
ARM Compiler 5 (included in DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition)    
ARM Compiler 6 (included in DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition)    
Libraries        
Hardware Libraries (HWLIBs)
Other Tools        
Intel Quartus® Prime Programmer
Signal Tap LogicAnalyzer
Intel® Boot Disk Utility
Device Tree Generator
Design Examples        
Golden Hardware Reference Designs for SoC FPGA development kits
Triple-Speed Ethernet (TSE) with Modular Scatter-Gather Direct Memory Access (mSG-DMA)
PCIe* Root Port with Message Signal Interrupts (MSI)
Partial Reconfiguration Design Example
Host OS Support        
Windows* 7 64 bit
Windows 10 64 bit 
Red Hat Linux 6 64 bit 32 bit libraries are required 32 bit libraries are required 32 bit libraries are required 32 bit libraries are required

Notes:

  1. Design examples are available on www.rocketboards.org

License Activation

After you have installed the SoC EDS, start the ARM DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition. If this is your first time using the DS-5 software, a popup dialog will automatically ask if you wish to open the license manager. Otherwise you can open the license manager from the Help menu. Choose 'Add License', and select the 'Enter a serial number or activation code' to obtain a license default option. You are prompted for an ARM license serial number or activation code entry. Depending on which version you have acquired, one of the following options applies:

  • SoC EDS Standard and Pro Free License Activation

Activating the DS-5 Community Edition Software

For the free version of the DS-5 Intel SoC EDS software, you will be able to use the DS-5 software perpetually to debug Linux* applications over an Ethernet connection. Obtain your ARM license activation code on the ARM DS-5 web page and enter it into the input field. 

  • SoC EDS Standard and Pro Paid License Activation

Activating the DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition

If you have purchased the SoC EDS Standard or Pro Edition software or purchased selected development kits that include a license for DS-5, you would have received an ARM license serial number printed on a letter in the box. This is a 15-character alphanumeric string with two dashes in between. Enter this serial number into the input field to get full capabilities of DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition. This license includes one-year support and maintenance term from ARM that starts on the day of purchase or renewal.

30-Day Evaluation of the DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition

If you want to evaluate the SoC EDS Standard or Pro Edition software, you can get a 30-day evaluation activation code on the ARM DS-5 web page. Please enter this ARM license activation code into the input field to get the full capabilities of DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition for a limited time. 

Note: For a more detailed guide on Licensing, please refer to the Licensing chapter in the Intel SoC FPGA Embedded Development Suite User Guide.

Key Documentation

Title Description
Intel SoC FPGA Embedded Development Suite User Guide A complete introduction of all features of the SoC EDS.
SoC EDS Getting Started (Wiki) A hands-on and step-by-step guide targetting Cyclone V SoC Development Kit and Intel Arria 10 SoC Development Kit. Topics include building bootloaders, compiling and debugging Baremetal/HWLIBs, Linux application/kernel debugging, tracing, cross-triggering, and so on.
Intel SoC FPGA Embedded Development Suite Release Notes Release notes of the latest version of SoC EDS, including enhacements, bug fixes, and revision history.
FPGA-Adaptive Software Debug and Performance Analysis White Paper (PDF) A white paper that outlines Intel and ARM’s latest innovations in on-chip debug logic, FPGAs, and software debug and analysis tools.
System Trace Macrocell Packs Major Benefits for High-Performance SoC System Debug White Paper (PDF) A white paper that introduces why the CoreSight System Trace Macrocell (STM) is superior to an Instrumentation Trace Macrocell (ITM).

Linux* Community

For more SoC Linux and open-source products, including documentation, visit www.rocketboards.org. For information about the Linux-based Golden System Reference Design (GSRD) that is typically pre-programmed into the board, search rocketboards.org for “GSRD”.

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SoC EDS Registration

Please take a moment to register your SoC product on the SoC EDS Registration page. This will help you to keep track of your license numbers and activation status so as to provide license support. After registration, you will receive further instructions and a link to activate your DS-5 license.

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