MAX 10 - MAX10 Remote System Upgrade (RSU) over UART for Nios II Processor



The reference design provides a simple application that implements basic remote configuration features in Nios II-based systems for MAX 10 FPGA devices. The UART interface included in the MAX 10 FPGA Development Kit is used together with Altera UART IP core to provide the remote configuration functionality.
IP Cores (28)
IP Core IP Core Category
Avalon ALTPLL ClocksPLLsResets
Altera Dual Boot ConfigurationProgramming
Altera Generic QUAD SPI controller ConfigurationProgramming
Altera ASMI Parallel ConfigurationProgramming
Altera EPCQ Serial Flash controller core ConfigurationProgramming
IRQ Mapper QsysInterconnect
IRQ Clock Crosser QsysInterconnect
MM Interconnect QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST Adapter QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST Error Adapter QsysInterconnect
Memory-Mapped Demultiplexer QsysInterconnect
Memory-Mapped Multiplexer QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST Handshake Clock Crosser QsysInterconnect
Avalon-MM Slave Agent QsysInterconnect
Avalon-ST Single Clock FIFO QsysInterconnect
Avalon-MM Slave Translator QsysInterconnect
Memory-Mapped Burst Adapter QsysInterconnect
Avalon-MM Master Agent QsysInterconnect
Memory-Mapped Traffic Limiter QsysInterconnect
Avalon-MM Master Translator QsysInterconnect
Memory-Mapped Router QsysInterconnect
Nios II Gen2 Processor NiosII
Altera On-Chip Flash Flash
On-Chip Memory (RAM or ROM) OnChipMemory
Reset Controller QsysInterconnect
System ID Peripheral Other
UART (RS-232 Serial Port) Other

Detailed Description

Prepare the design template in the Quartus Prime software GUI (version 14.1 and later)

Note: After downloading the design example, you must prepare the design template. The file you downloaded is of the form of a <project>.par file which contains a compressed version of your design files (similar to a .qar file) and metadata describing the project. The combination of this information is what constitutes a <project>.par file. In releases 16.0 or newer, you can simply double click on the <project>.par file and Quartus will launch that project.

The second means to bring up the project template is through the New Project Wizard (File -> New Project Wizard). After entering the project name and folder on the first panel, the second panel will ask you to specify an empty project or project template. Select project template. You will see a list of Design Templates projects that you have loaded prior as well as various "Baseline Pinout Designs" that contain the pinout and settings for a variety of development kits. If you don't see your design template in the list, click on the link that states install the Design Templates circled below:

Browse to the <project>.par file you downloaded, click next, followed by Finish, and your design template will be installed and displayed in the Project Navigator pane in Quartus.

Note: When a design is stored in the Design Store as a design template, it has been previously regression tested against the stated version of Quartus software. The regression ensures the design template passes analysis/synthesis/fitting/assembly steps in the Quartus design flow.

Prepare the design template in the Quartus Prime software command-line

At the command-line, type the following command:

quartus_sh --platform_install -package <project directory>/<project>.par

Once the process completes, then type:

quartus_sh --platform -name <project>


* ACDS Version: 16.1.0 Standard

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Intel® MAX® 10 FPGAs

Quartus Edition

Intel® Quartus® Prime Standard Edition

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