Intel® SoC FPGAs are ARM* processor-based and inherit the strength of the ARM ecosystem. Intel, our ecosystem partners, and the Intel SoC FPGA user community provide a wide range of options to meet your SoC FPGA development needs.

SoC Ecosystem

There are a number of options for operating systems, development tools, intellectual property (IP) cores, and professional services. Many are provided by ecosystem partners.

Arria® V SoC includes a sophisticated high-performance multicore ARM* Cortex*-A9 processor.  This processor can be used for a wide range of functions from very simple bare-metal applications running on one of the available cores to high-bandwidth, low-latency , real-time operations. For a simple single-core application with minimal real-time constraints, bare-metal application can be build using Intel SoC FPGA Hardware Libraries (HWLIBs). However to take full advantage of the capabilities of the device it is highly recommended to use an operating system (OS). The chosen operating system can be a simple real-time kernel running on a single-core or a full-featured operating system such or Linux, or one of a number of multicore-capable real-time operating systems. 

In addition to open-source Linux, there are a number of commercial operating systems available for the Arria V SoC.

You can obtain Linux* and open-source products for Intel SoC FPGAs on This site provides a development environment and collaboration for embedded developers using SoC FPGAs. For information about the Golden System Reference Design that comes pre-installed on the Intel SoC FPGA boards, search for “GSRD”.

Operating System Company Available
Abassi Code Time Technologies  
Bare-Metal/Hardware Libraries (in SoC EDS) Intel  
Carrier Grade Edition 7 (CGE7) MontaVista  
INTEGRITY RTOS Green Hills Software  
OSE Enea  
QNX Neutrino RTOS QNX  
uC/OS-IIuC/OS-III Micrium  
VxWorks Wind River  
Wind River Linux Wind River  

Why Use an Operating System?

Operating systems are highly optimized to take full advantage of the processor capabilities and limitations. It has been found that real-time operating systems designed for Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) will generally provide similar or better performance and lower latency than bare-metal applications (no operating system). Commercial operating systems also typically include specialized embedded development tools, middleware, technical support, and are thoroughly tested in the OS partner's test framework.

For professional quality development tools including JTAG debuggers and instruction trace functions consider the following options:

Company Product Description Available
Lauterbach TRACE32 Lauterbach TRACE32 is family of modular microprocessor development tools that include debug, trace, and instruction-set simulators that support the Nios II processor and the dual-core ARM® Cortex®-A9 MPCoreTM processor-based SoC.  
MathWorks Simulink Embedded Coder Use Simulink and Embedded Coder from Mathworks to generate C/C++ code for Intel Arria V SoCs. When used in combination with Intel SoC support from HDL Coder, this solution can be utilized in a hardware/software workflow spanning simulation, prototyping, verification, and implementation on Intel SoC FPGAs.  
Multi Green Hills Software development and debug tools for Green Hills INTEGRITY real-time operating system.  MULTI is complemented with the Green Hills Probe for high-speed JTAG debugging.

PolyCore Software


Poly-Platform,uC/OS-II PolyCore Software and Micrium support Arria V SoCs with a multicore solution. This development environment gives users a time-tested message-passing programming model and a trusted Real Time Operating System (RTOS), and makes it easy to create new multicore designs.  
iSystem iC5000 iSYSTEM’s embedded on-chip debug/analyzer, real-time test and measurement tool platform. It is based on programmable hardware where support for different microcontroller families and features is controlled via software. Major benefit is one time investment into hardware while supported debug and advanced test feature set can be extended at any time via software.  
SEGGER J-Link J-Link debug probes support up to 3 MBps download speed to RAM and high speed flashloaders, as well as the ability to set an unlimited number of breakpoints in flash memory of MCUs.  
Wind River Workbench Software development tools for VxWorks on the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor in Intel Arria® V SoCs.  
Mentor Embedded Sourcery CodeBench GNU toolchain support for the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor-based SoC Virtual Target.  
Altium Tasking VX-toolset Optimizing C compiler, assembler, linker, and locator.  

Intel SoC FPGAs are supported by a wide range of 3rd party as well as soft Intellectual Property (IP) cores.  These blocks can be instantiated in the FPGA portion of the SoC device.  Some examples of key SoC soft IP cores are shown below.




Coveloz IEEE 1588-2008 KEPLER-1588 is a system for precise synchronization over Ethernet using the IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Timing Protocol (PTP)   


Graphics Accelerator for Android

Accelerates graphics functions for Android OS

Coming soon

TES Electronic Solutions

Graphics Rendering

2D, 2.5D, 3D, and HD graphics rendering with support for  EGL 1.3, OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenVG 1.01 APIs

Coming soon

For a complete list of 3rd party and our IP for a full range of functions including memory controllers, PCIe interfaces and more, refer to the IP Portfolio page.

The Nios® II processor, the world's most versatile processor, according to Gartner Research, is the most widely used soft processor in the FPGA industry. The Nios II processor delivers unprecedented flexibility for your cost-sensitive, real-time, safety-critical (DO-254), ASIC-optimized, and applications processing needs. The Nios II processor supports all Intel SoC and FPGA families.

Design Service Network (DSN) members offer an extensive portfolio of design services, intellectual property (IP) and products that can help customers meet challenging product development needs, lower risk, and accelerate time to market. They have expertise designing with Intel FPGA products, tools, and intellectual property combined with application experience to offer customers design services ranging from selecting the right Intel FPGA device to full turnkey or systems-level design.

Arria® V SoCs are supported by a wide range of development kits, boards, and system on modules (SoMs).

Standalone Boards

Standalone boards are sometimes included as part of a development kit.  A development kit typically includes software and hardware. The Intel Arria V SoC development kit includes the board and all associated cables, documentation, and software development tools (SoC EDS and ARM DS-5 AE).

System on Module

SoC system on modules (SoM) are small, integrated single-board computers with Cyclone V or Arria V SoCs at its core. The SoC SoM includes DDR3 memory, flash memory, power management, common interface controllers, and board support package (BSP) software to help you create a fully customized embedded design without starting from scratch. 

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