What Is an SoC FPGA?
SoC FPGAs are semiconductor devices that integrate programmable logic with hard processor cores, such as those from Arm. This architecture provides the ease of programming a processor along with the flexibility and performance of a programmable logic fabric.
SoC FPGAs are available from several sources:
- Xilinx: Zynq®-7000 SoC and Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC families
- Intel: Stratix® 10 SoC FPGAs, Arria® 10 SoC FPGAs, and Arria V SoC and Cyclone® V SoC families
- Microsemi: PolarFire® SoC devices and SmartFusion2 and SmartFusion® SoC FPGAs
Targeting SoC FPGAs generally requires a combination of embedded software development and FPGA design methodologies. Designers targeting MATLAB® algorithms and Simulink® models to SoC FPGA devices can also use:
- Embedded Coder® to generate ANSI/ISO C/C++ code targeting embedded processor cores of SoC FPGAs.
- HDL Coder® to generate IP cores targeting programmable logic of SoC FPGAs.
- SoC Blockset™ to extend the ability of Simulink to model, simulate, and analyze SoC FPGA architectures, including communication with off-chip DDR memories and I/O devices. SoC Blockset accounts for latency between the components on and off an SoC, which must be considered when developing models of algorithms.
- HDL Verifier™ to perform FPGA-in-the-loop testing, insert probes using FPGA Data Capture, or control IP cores in programmable logic using MATLAB AXI Master IP.
- Hardware support packages for Embedded Coder, HDL Coder, and SoC Blockset to target specific boards from Xilinx and Intel.