Aldec Adds ARM Cortex-A9 Support to HES-7 ASIC Prototyping Platform

  Aldec Adds ARM Cortex-A9 Support to HES-7 ASIC Prototyping Platform

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HENDERSON, Nev. -- December 10, 2012

Aldec, Inc., in its commitment to support the growing requirements of hardware
and software verification engineers, now supports ARM® dual-core Cortex™-A9
MPCore® application development and verification in its HES-7™ ASIC
prototyping platform. HES-7 leverages Xilinx Virtex-7 2000T and Zynq™-7000 All
Programmable SoC and 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.

Leverage Cortex-A9

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.

                  Applications Enabled by:
Market            HES-7™                              ARM® Cortex™-A9
                    Video/Image Capture and               Operating System
Video               Processing                          Graphic Overlay
                    Signal Encoding/Decoding              Analytics and
                    Algorithm Implementation              Manipulation
                                                          
                    Data Conversion                       Operating System
Communications      Digital Pre-Distortion                Real Time Processing
                    Connectivity                          Parameter Updates
                                                          
                    Data Acquisition                      System Interface &
                    Position Computing                    Control
Control Systems     Human Machine Interface &             Floating Points
                    Graphics                              Processing
                                                          Diagnostics
                                                          
                    Image Capture & Processing            Image Analysis
Bridging            Graphical User Interface              Motor Vector
                    Signal Encoding/Decoding              System Interface &
                                                          Control

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.

Prototyping with HES-7

  *Available in a scalable capacity from 4 to 96 million ASIC gates
  *Single and Dual FPGA Configurations Reduce Complex Partitioning
  *Non-Proprietary daughterboard connectors

Support for Xilinx Zynq

  *Utilize ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore Microprocessor

       *Maximum Frequency of up to 1 GHz
       *Enhanced with NEON Extension and Single & Double Precision Floating
         point unit
       *32 kB Instruction & 32 kB Data L1 Cache
       *Integrated processing platform with FPGA logic reduces
         bill-of-material (BOM) up to 40

  *Free open-source Linux, Android, and FreeRTOS solutions available from
    Xilinx

Essential SoC Peripherals Included

  *Media Interfaces – Ethernet PHY 10/100/1000, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, USB 2.0
    DEVICE, USB 2.0 HOST, USB 2.0 OTG, HDMI, and Audio Codec (Stereo Speaker
    and MIC Interfaces)
  *Memories – SD Socket, SPI Flash, I2C Flash, NAND Flash, SO-DIMM DDR2
  *Connectors – ARM Debug, RS232, I2C, SPI, and GPIO
  *Additional 4x DDR3 Memory peripheral included with Xilinx Zynq

About Aldec

Aldec Inc., headquartered in Henderson, Nevada, is an industry leader in
Electronic Design Verification and offers a patented technology suite
including: RTL Design, RTL Simulators, Hardware-Assisted Verification, ASIC
Prototyping, Design Rule Checking, IP Cores, DO-254 Functional Verification
and Military/Aerospace solutions. www.aldec.com

Aldec is a registered trademark of Aldec, Inc. All other trademarks or
registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Contact:

Aldec, Inc.
Christina Toole, + (702) 990-4400
christinat@aldec.com
 
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