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Altera SoCs Gain Wind River Software Support

05 February 2014

FPGA vendor Altera Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has teamed up with Wind River Systems Inc. (Alameda, Calif.) to develop operating systems and development tools tailored for the Altera system-on-chip (SoC) platform.

The partnership will enable customers to fully exploit Altera's multicore SoC platform. Altera SoCs integrate an ARM-based processor system with FPGA fabric, which will be manufactured by Intel using its 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and include a quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor.

Wind River is a wholly-owned subsdiary of Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) best known for its VxWorks real-time operating system. However, Wind River also has a Linux offering and its software is used in wide variety of embedded products from cellphones to automotive braking systems and set-top boxes.

Support for Altera SoCs, including VxWorks, Wind River Linux and the Eclipse-based Wind River Workbench integrated development environment, will allow software architects and developers to make use of features such as symmetric multi-processing with real-time optimizations. The support includes the Wind River Hypervisor virtualization technology that allows Linux and VxWorks to run simultaneously in an asymmetric multiprocessing mode.

These features are available on the Cyclone V SoC, which includes dual-core Cortex-A9 and is made by TSMC on 28nm. The same features will be available "soon" on the Arria V, Arria 10 and Stratix 10 SoC families, Altera said.

"By using our operating systems and development tools with Altera's multi-core SoC platform, embedded system designers have a streamlined solution that leverages the key multi-core benefits, while maintaining real-time responsiveness and minimizing risk to bring products to market faster," said Dinyar Dastoor, vice president of product management at Wind River, in a statement.

Related links and articles:

www.altera.com

www.windriver.com

News articles:

Intel will be Fabbing for Altera

Xilinx, TSMC Begin 20-nm Node

Altera Acquires SoC Maker Enpirion



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