Mpression Helio View Cyclone V SoC Platform

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Explore SoC Designs with the Helio Evaluation Kit from Macnica

The Helio Cyclone V SoC evaluation platform based around Altera's Cyclone V SoC series devices provides a low-cost and easy-to-use way to get started in SoC design. The platform consist of a baseboard, an optional wide VGA touch screen LCD board and a series of ‘pico-modules' to add additional functionality to the platform such as WiFi and temperature / humidity sensors.

Helio Base Kit Helio View Display Kit

Performance, Power, and Flexibility

Altera's new SoC solutions combine the latest ARM® CortexTM-A9 processors with industry-leading programmable logic. Users have the flexibility, low power and performance of an integrated ARM-based hard processor system (HPS) consisting of processor, peripherals and memory interfaces, combined with the FPGA fabric offering a high-bandwidth interconnect backbone. That means you get the performance and power savings of hard Intellectual Property (IP) and the flexibility of programmable logic.

Key Helio platform features Helio View upgrade kit features
  • Altera Cyclone V SoC FPGA
  • 8Gbit DDR3
  • Micro SD card
  • USB OTG, GbitEthernet, UART, GPIO
  • Linear Tech Power monitor
  • HSMC expansion connector
  • On-board USB Blaster II
  • Ubuntu Linux image available for download [more...]
  • WVGA (800x480) TFT LCD
  • Capacitive multi-touch
  • HDMI input
  • HDMI output
  • Two expansion connectors
  • Clean integration with the Helio board to make a compact, portable unit
  • Ideal for developing applications requiring touch screen input
  • DirectFB graphics reference design available on [more...]

Example applications:

  • Industrial control systems
  • Medical equipment
  • Scientific instrumentation

ARM DS-5 Altera Edition Toolkit:

  • Available bundled with Helio board or Helio View
  • Allows full access to the powerful debugging features of the DS-5 toolkit [more info]


Purchase the Helio base kit and Helio View separately or as a single unit

Helio Board (base board)

$249 - Includes the Helio board, SD card, power and USB cables

$999 - Includes the Helio board, SD card, power and USB cable, and ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition Toolkit software 

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Helio View Upgrade Kit

$349 - Includes the LCD board, hardware to connect to Helio, and SD card with reference design

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Helio View Kit

$595 - Includes the LCD and the Helio boards preassembeled, SD card with reference design, power and USB cables

$1345 - Includes the LCD and the Helio boards preassembeled, SD card with reference design, power and USB cables, and ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition Toolkit software

  Buy Helio View Kit    Buy Helio View Kit w/ DS-5 toolkit

Helio Board Block Diagram

Helio Board Features

Cyclone V SoC 5CSXFC6C6U23C8NES FPGA device including:

  • Dual ARM A9 hard processor subsystem
  • 110K Logic Elements
  • 5.6Mbits of block memory
  • 6 high-speed transceivers
  • 312 user IO (124 FPGA GPIO, 188 HPS IO)
  • PCI Express and memory controller Hard IP


  • 256MB DDR3 SDRAM (1GB option)
  • EPCQ256 Altera quad serial configuration device
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 128MB QSPI Flash (option)


  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB 2.0 with OTG support
  • Altera HSMC connector with 4 transceivers, and LVDS/GPIO support
  • UART with UART to USB support
  • LEDS, push-buttons, and DIP switches
  • Character LCD (option)


  • Built-in USB Blaster II for fast programming and debug of FPGA and ARM
  • Mictor connector (option) for expanded ARM debug support
  • Linear Tech power supplies with power monitor and header
  • Real Time Clock

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Altera SoC vWorkshops

Get going on your next SoC design using the Altera SoC and the Helio View platform quickly and efficiently. Attend the Macinica Americas SoC vWorkshops - one hour, interactive training sessions – for hands on training in the comfort of your own office.

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