Aldec Adds HES-7 Prototyping Platform

With Support for ARM® Cortex Microprocessor

Bill Jason P. Tomas, Product Engineer, Hardware Division
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Aldec, Inc., announced enhancement of the HES™-7 FPGA-based prototyping platform with ARM dual-core Cortex™-A9 MPCore Microprocessor implemented with Xilinx® Zynq™ All Programmable SoC. The release furthermore provides users many essential peripherals (media interfaces, memories, and connectors) for added flexibility in developing a wide array of SoC applications. Partnering the HES-7 Prototyping Platform with free open-source Linux, Android, and FreeRTOS solutions from Xilinx, opens an easy and affordable path for software developers of ARM Cortex applications.

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:


ARM® Cortex™-A9



Video/Image Capture and Processing

Signal Encoding/Decoding

Algorithm Implementation

Operating System

Graphic Overlay

Analytics and Manipulation



Data Conversion

Digital Pre-Distortion


Operating System

Real Time Processing

Parameter Updates


Control Systems

Data Acquisition

Position Computing

Human Machine Interface & Graphics

System Interface & Control

Floating Points Processing




Image Capture & Processing

Graphical User Interface

Signal Encoding/Decoding

Image Analysis

Motor Vector

System Interface & Control

Prototyping with the Powerful HES-7
•    Scalable Capacity Up to 24M ASIC gates (4M, 8M, 12M, 24M Configurations Available)
•    Single and Dual FPGA Configurations Reduce Complex Partitioning
•    Expandable via Non-Proprietary Connectors

Partner the Power of Xilinx Zynq All Programmable SoC with the HES-7 Platform
•    Utilize ARM dual-core Cortex™-A9 MPCore Microprocessor
•    Leverage the Flexibility and Parallelism of Programmable Logic with System and Analytical Capabilities of a Processing System
•    Enhancement Includes Added Peripherals for Xilinx Zynq – 4x DDR3 Memory, NAND Flash, SPI Flash, and SD Socket

Interface the HES-7 with Many of Today's Essential SoC Peripherals
•    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

To take advantage of the HES-7 ASIC Prototyping Platform along with its enhanced capabilities, visit

Bill is responsible for Aldec Hardware Emulation and SoC / ASIC Prototyping. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Auburn University in Alabama in 2011, and currently undertaking his M.S in Electrical Engineering with a focus on hardware emulation methodology and Built-In-Self-Test for high capacity FPGAs. He is also currently a graduate research assistant for the University of Nevada Systems and Integration laboratory studying Network-on-Chip BIST strategies. 


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