Mpression Helio View Cyclone V SoC Platform

NOTE: The Helio View and Helio board have been discontinued. Customers are urged to consider the Mpression Sodia board as a replacement. [click here for Sodia board information]

White Paper: "An Overview of Altera SoC Design Advantages" Demo Video: Graphics Rendering and Video Processing on the Helio View Platform
Chalk Talk: Graphics Rendering and Video Processing With Altera SoC and Helio View
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Explore SoC Designs with the Mpression Helio Platform from Macnica Americas

Helio base board with Altera Cyclone V SoC FPGA combines the power of dual ARM Cortex-A9 processors with the flexibility of programmable logic. Fully tested and proven platform enables you to get an ARM SoC design up and running in minutes.

Helio Base Board

  • High-performance SDRAM interface with 1GB DDR3 memory + microSD card
  • Robust I/O including USB, 1G Ethernet, UART, I2C
  • Built-in USB Blaster II for configuration and debug
  • Altera-standard HSMC expansion connector for system flexibility [more...]

Helio View Touch LCD Display with HDMI Video

  • Adds powerful graphics and video capabilities to the Helio board
  • Ideal for developing designs for applications requiring touch screen input or video processing
  • Example applications:
    • Industrial control systems
    • Medical equipment
    • Scientific instrumentation


ARM DS-5 Altera Edition Toolkit

  • Allows full access to the powerful FPGA Adaptive Debugging extensions to 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, microSD card, power and USB cables

  Buy Helio Board

Helio View Upgrade Kit

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

  Buy Helio View Upgrade Kit

Helio View Kit

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

  Buy Helio View Kit

Helio Board Block Diagram

Helio Base Board and Helio View Features

Cyclone V SoC 5CSXFC5C6U23C7N 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


  • 1GB 400MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • microSD card slot
  • EPCQ256 Altera quad serial configuration device
  • Can accept optional 64MB QSPI Flash


  • 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
  • 2x16 Character LCD header (display optional)


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

Helio View Features:

  • WVGA (800x480) TFT LCD
  • Capacitive multi-touch
  • HDMI input and 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...]

ARM DS-5 Altera Edition Toolkit:

  • Allows full access to the powerful debugging features of the DS-5 toolkit [more info]

  Order your Helio View display upgrade or complete kit today!

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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