Altera Corporation and ARM have jointly developed a DS-5 embedded software development toolkit with FPGA-adaptive debug capabilities for Altera SoC devices. The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition toolkit removes the debugging barrier between the integrated dual-core CPU subsystem 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 new toolkit provides embedded software developers full-chip visibility and control through the standard DS-5 user interface. The new toolkit will be included in the Altera SoC Embedded Design Suite and will begin shipping in early 2013.
The 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 SignalTap logic analyzer forcross-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 supports debugging on systems running in asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) and symmetric multiprocessing (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.
Pricing and Availability
The ARM DS-5 Altera Edition toolkit for Altera SoCs is being presented at the ARM Technical Symposium in Paris on December 13, 2012 . This toolkit will be included in the Altera SoC Embedded Design Suite (Altera SoC EDS) Subscription Edition for $995. The Altera SoC EDS will start shipping in early 2013.