Building a development system from ARM Versatile Express boards minimizes project setup time and allows the developer to concentrate on the task in hand - testing and validating the product IP and software, rather than designing and debugging the development system.
Versatile Express features a brand new bus architecture that improves bus/memory throughput over previous ARM development board families. The ARM Test Chip AMBA® AXI™ buses are directly connected to the user expansion FPGA, giving greater architectural accuracy and minimizing bus latency.
The Motherboard Express uATX has been especially designed to support future generations of ARM processors. It includes all the necessary peripherals that enable you to port, prove, and develop operating systems and applications for new processors and graphics engines. Through a range of plug-in daughterboards, hardware and software applications can be developed and debugged.
The CoreTile Express daughterboard is used together with the Motherboard Express µATX for evaluation, benchmarking and prototyping with the Cortex™-A15, Cortex-A9, Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A5 processors. The on-board DDR2 SDRAM and CoreLink LCD controller enhance system throughput.
Soft Macrocell Models (SMMs) are an early access alternative to CoreTiles, based on LogicTile FPGA technology. Before a new processor is available in hardened silicon, it can be provided as an SMM.
LogicTiles provide custom logic expansion capability for the Versatile Express system. They enable peripheral prototyping, validation and software device driver development alongside an ARM processor - prior to the SoC returning from the foundry. This reduces the risks and bring-up time of the product by having tested IP and software device drivers ready. A choice of boards with different sized FPGAs and stacking capabilities enables the IP developer to construct a development system that matches project requirements.
The Versatile Express Support Package is available on the ARM self-serves portal under Downloads\Development tools\Versatile Express.
|Motherboard Express + CoreTile Express - Software development platform with a choice of Cortex™-A5 or Cortex-A9 CPUs. CoreTiles utilize an ASIC or structured ASIC for the CPU test chip.|
|Motherboard Express + Soft Macro Model - An SMM can be used in place of the CoreTile to provide support for other ARM processors, such as the Cortex-R5. The SMM is an FPGA implementation of an ARM CPU.|
|Motherboard Express + Core Tile Express + Logic Tile Express - Adds a large FPGA for custom logic and IP development or validation. A choice of two Xilinx-based LogicTiles is currently available – boasting either 3M or 13M equivalent ASIC gates. The Logic Tile Express 13MG board can be stacked up to eight high, which provides a cost-effective route to a large amount of FPGA expansion space.|
|Custom Interface Tile - ARM provides example designs for an I/O interface board. This can be used as a template for building a custom board that mounts on top of the Logic Tile Express stack, to give extra connectivity to the user environment.|
|Board Combo||Motherboard Express + CoreTile Express||Motherboard Express + Soft Macro Model|
|Cortex™-A15||CoreTile Express A15x2_A7x3|
|LogicTile Express for Cortex-A15|
(SMM-A15x1, x1N, x2N)
|Cortex-A9||CoreTile Express A9x4|
|Cortex-A5||CoreTile Express A5x2|
CoreTile Express A15x2_A7x3
*The same CoreTile is used both for Cortex A7 and A15, please refer to the TRM for technical implementation.
|Cortex -R7||LogicTile Express for Cortex-R7|
|Cortex-R5||LogicTile Express for Cortex-R5|