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DS-5 Altera Edition

Altera logoBreaking Through the Software-Hardware Debug Barrier

ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition toolchain is the result of the partnership between ARM and Altera to create of an adaptive, customized software development environment for Altera SoC FPGA devices. Part of the Altera SoC Embedded Design Suite, ARM DS-5 Altera Edition takes advantage of the high-bandwidth interconnect backbone between the dual ARM® Cortex-A9 hard processor system (HPS) and the Cyclone® V or Arria® V FPGA fabric to eliminate the barrier that separates hardware and software debug in complex embedded systems. The integration of these two domains in a single development solution accelerates the entire design flow by giving engineers more control and visibility across the system. Learn more about ARM DS-5 support for Altera SoC FPGAs...

Software Debug Via USB Blaster

In addition to ARM's high performance DSTREAM debug and trace connection,  Altera SoC FPGA customers have the option to use the Altera USB Blaster JTAG to gain run-control debug access to the Cortex-A9 HPS via the DS-5 Debugger. This integration provides a cost efficient JTAG connection solution for DS-5 and also other Altera JTAG-based tools. 

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Altera
Edition
Professional
Edition
IDE
DS-5 Eclipse IDE

yes

yes

Code Generation
ARM Compiler

yes

GNU Compiler for Linux

yes

yes

Target Connection
Targets

Altera SoC FPGA devices
and Virtual Target

See list

Debug Connection

ARM DSTREAM
ARM RVI
Altera USB Blaster
Ethernet (gdbserver)

See list

Debug & Optimization
Streamline System Analysis

yes

yes

Run-Control (JTAG) Multicore Debug

yes

yes

ETM and PTM Instruction Trace

yes

yes

ITM and STM Instrumentation Trace

yes

yes

Simulation
Cortex-A8 VE Virtual Platform

 

yes

Quad Cortex-A9 VE Virtual Platform

yes

Altera SoC FPGA Virtual Target

yes
(Distributed by Altera as part of the SoC Embedded Development Suite)

yes
(Distributed by Altera as part of the SoC Embedded Development Suite)

Commercial
Node Locked / Floating

NL

NL and FL

Support & Maintenance

Altera

ARM and
distribution network

Availability

Early 2013
(Distributed by Altera as part of the SoC Embedded Development Suite)

yes
(Altera SoC FPGA support in Q1'13)