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

Date: Dec 10, 2012Type: Release

Henderson, NV - 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:


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

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.



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.

Media Contact: Christina Toole,
Aldec, Inc.
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