Download SoC EDS

Intel® SoC FPGA Embedded Development Suite (SoC EDS) is available in two editions: Lite Edition and Standard Edition. The only difference between these two editions is that they include different editions of the ARM* Development Studio 5* (DS-5*) (license-managed). All other tools and examples are the same. Please refer to the comparison chart here to decide which edition of the SoC EDS to download. After downloading the software, follow the corresponding guide in License Activation to activate your license.

License Activation

After you have installed the SoC EDS, start the ARM DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition software. If this is your first time using the DS-5 software, a popup dialog will automatically ask if you wish to open the license manager. Otherwise you can open the license manager from the Help menu. Choose 'Add License', and select the 'Enter a serial number or activation code' to obtain a license default option. You are prompted for an ARM license serial number or activation code entry. Depending on which edition you have acquired, one of the following options applies:

  • SoC EDS Lite Edition

Activating the DS-5 Community Edition Software

For the free SoC EDS Lite Edition software, you will be able to use the DS-5 software perpetually to debug Linux applications over an Ethernet connection. Please get your ARM license activation code here and enter it into the input field. 

  • SoC EDS Standard Edition

Activating the DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition software

If you have purchased the SoC EDS Standard Edition software or purchased selected development kits that include a license for DS-5, you would have received an ARM license serial number printed on a letter in the box. This is a 15-character alphanumeric string with two dashes in between. Please enter this serial number into the input field to get full capabilities for the ARM DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition software. This license includes one-year support and maintenance from ARM starting at the day of purchase or renewal.

30-Day Evaluation of the DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition Software

If you want to evaluate the SoC EDS Standard Edition software, you can get a 30-day evaluation activation code here. Please enter this ARM license activation code into the input field to get the full DS-5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition software capabilities for a limited time. 

Note: For a more detailed guide on Licensing, please refer to “Chapter 3 Licensing” in the SoC EDS User Guide.

Key Documentation

Title Description
SoC EDS User Guide A complete introduction of all features of the SoC EDS.
SoC EDS Getting Started (Altera Wiki) A hands-on and step-by-step guide targetting Cyclone® V SoC Development Kit and Arria® 10 SoC Development Kit. Topics include building bootloaders, compiling and debugging Baremetal/HWLIBs, Linux application/kernel debugging, tracing, cross-triggering, and so on.
SoC FPGA EDS Release Notes Release notes of the latest version of SoC EDS, including enhacements, bug fixes, and revision history.
FPGA-Adaptive Software Debug and Performance Analysis (PDF) A white paper outlines Intel and ARM’s latest innovations in on-chip debug logic, FPGAs, and software debug and analysis tools.
System Trace Macrocell Packs Major Benefits for High-Performance SoC System Debug (PDF) A white paper introduces why the CoreSight* System Trace Macrocell (STM) is superior to an Instrumentation Trace Macrocell (ITM).

Linux Community

For more SoC Linux* and open-source products, including documentation, visit For information about the Linux-based Golden System Reference Design (GSRD) that is typically pre-programmed into the board, search for “GSRD”.

SoC EDS Registration

Please take 1 minute to register your SoC product here. This will allow us to keep track of your license activation status so as to provide license support. After registration, you will receive further instructions on how to easily activate your DS-5 license.


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