CoreTile Express for Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7

CoreTile Express for Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7
For the Versatile Express Family
The Versatile™ Express family development boards provide an
excellent environment for prototyping the next generation
system-on-chip designs. Through a range of plug-in options,
hardware and software applications can be developed and
debugged.
Features
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- Dual Cluster, big.LITTLE configuration
The CoreTile Express for the ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™
and Cortex-A7 processors is a test chip-based development
platform which implements a complete SoC design around these
processors. This chip is the first commercially available silicon
that demonstrates the power-saving capabilities of ARM big.
LITTLE™ processing It enables:
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Exploration of the big.LITTLE architecture
Boot code, hypervisor, cluster-switching, device driver and
application software development
Software debug and development of software tools through
the on-chip CoreSight™ debug and trace infrastructure.
Processor Subsystem
- 2 x ARM Cortex-A15 with VFP and NEON,™ r2p1
- 1GHz operating speed
- Caches: L1 32 KB, L2 1MB
- 3 x ARM Cortex-A7 with VFP and NEON, r0p1
- 800MHz operating speed
- Caches: L1 32KB, L2 512KB
- CoreSight ETM/PTM per core + 16KB ETB
- DVFS control via System Configuration Controller
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AMBA® AXI™ Subsystem
- Internal CCI-400, 128-bit, 500MHz, r0p2
- Internal NIC301, 64-bit, 500MHz
- External AMBA AXI: Master port 64-bit, 50MHz
- DDR2 interface: DMC-400, 400MHz, r0p0
- 2GB OF 32-bit DDR2 memory
- DMAC: PL330, 128-bit
- Static Memory Bus Interface:PL354
- 32-bit 50MHz to motherboard
- Boot from motherboard NOR Flash
- HDCLD video controller: 1920 x 1080p, 60Hz
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Expansion support
- AMBA AXI Master link to expansion FPGA daugherboard
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Debug
- ARM JTAG: 20-way DIL box header
- ARM 32-bit parallel trace: dual 38-pin Mictors
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Simplified configuration via motherboard
- System appears as a USB flash drive on a PC
- Fast programming and configuration
- Configuration text files for system settings
- Remote power control via RS232
Deliverables
CoreTile Express A15x2 and Cortex-A7x3
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V2P-CA15x2 CA7x3 daughterboard
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Versatile Express support DVD
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Example AMBA AXI subsystem design
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SelfTest software
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Linux BSP
- Additional LogicTile required
The Architecture for the Digital World®
CoreTile Express for Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 Architecture
Debug
connectors
V2P-CA15x2_CA7x3 CoreTile
Cortex-A15
Cortex-A7
Dual MPCore
+ NEON
Triple MPCore
+ NEON
ACE
ACE
DMAC
ACE
JTAG
CoreSight
Debug
Logic
Test Chip (40G process)
HDLCD
ACE
ACE-Lite (128)
ACE-Lite (128)
ACE-Lite (128)
CCI-400 Interconnect
DMC-400
Trace
APB
NIC301 AXI Interconnect
AXI (64)
SRAM
SCC + SPC
AXI (64)
AXI (64)
SMC
AXI MUX
AXI Expansion
to LogicTile
FPGA board
2GB 32-bit DDR2
memory
V2M-P1 Motherboard
Timer
LEDs
Switches
GPIO
SD Card
NOR Flash
Real Time
Clock
Audio Codec
Watchdog
UART
Kbd / Mouse
CF Card
From HDLCD
10/100
Ethernet
DVI
CoreTile Express A15x2 and A7x3 architecture diagram
When connected to a Versatile Express motherboard the
CoreTile Express forms the basis of an early access software
development platform. Developers can use the system for
porting OS kernel or driver code to the big.LITTLE architecture,
based on the Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 processors.
A microcontroller-based configuration mechanism provides
an easy, USB-based plug-and-play method for programming
software, firmware and FPGA images into the system flash
memory from an attached PC.
The system can be expanded by adding a LogicTile Express board
to the second tile site on the motherboard. This adds a large
FPGA for prototyping custom logic blocks along side the ARM
processor. The exported AMBA AXI interface from the CoreTile
has dedicated routing, directly linking the Test Chip and FPGA.
This ensures maximum bandwith is available for the user AMBA
AXI system.
AVAILABILITY: END Q3 2012
PART NUMBER: V2P-CA15-0314A
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