Xilinx has rolled out Android 5.1 (Lollipop) support for the Zynq UltraScale+ Multi-Processor SoC (MPSoC). The company, through its Hardware Enablement Programme, has used its broad Android experience on heterogeneous multi-core platforms to effectively port the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code to run on the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC.

The resulting solution is the first to combine the advanced user interface of the Android platform with the added safety, security, and processing power offered by Zynq UltraScale+ devices, based on the 64bit ARMv8 architecture, stated the company.


The heterogeneous Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC isolates hardware resources to allow a high-level operating system, such as Android, to co-exist with safety critical functions that are run by a real-time operating system on the integrated real-time processing unit.

Android 5.1 (Lollipop) will be publicly available from Mentor Embedded for Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC in 3Q16. Mentor will directly support Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC customers by providing commercial support, customisation services, platform porting and feature enhancements, all available as part of a larger full software solution package for Xilinx products.