SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and ARM (LON: ARM; NASDAQ: ARMH) today announced that, with a unique agreement, the companies 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 is designed to remove 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 an unprecedented level of 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.
Altera SoC devices combine a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with FPGA logic on a single device, giving users the power and flexibility to create custom field-programmable SoC variants by implementing user-defined peripherals and hardware accelerators in the FPGA fabric. Altera is currently shipping initial samples of its Cyclone® V SoC devices. See the press release " Altera Ships Its First SoC Devices" announced today.The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition 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 software SignalTap logic analyzer for cross-triggering capability, the toolkit delivers an unprecedented level of debugging visibility and control that leads to substantial productivity gains.