Aldec Adds HES-7 Prototyping Platform With Support for ARM® Cortex Microprocessor Bill Jason P. Tomas, Product Engineer, Hardware Division Like(0) Comments (0) 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: Market HES-7™ ARM® Cortex™-A9 Video Video/Image Capture and Processing Signal Encoding/Decoding Algorithm Implementation Operating System Graphic Overlay Analytics and Manipulation Communications Data Conversion Digital Pre-Distortion Connectivity Operating System Real Time Processing Parameter Updates Control Systems Data Acquisition Position Computing Human Machine Interface & Graphics System Interface & Control Floating Points Processing Diagnostics Bridging 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 ConnectorsPartner 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 SocketInterface 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 GPIOTo take advantage of the HES-7 ASIC Prototyping Platform along with its enhanced capabilities, visit www.aldec.com/products/prototyping/hes-7.