Intel FPGA’s Platform Designer system integration tools fully automate the process of configuring processor features and generating a hardware design that you program in an Intel FPGA device. The Platform Designer graphical user interface (GUI) enables you to configure Nios® II processor systems with any number of peripherals and memory interfaces. You can create entire processor systems without performing any schematic or HDL design entry. Platform Designer can also import HDL design files, providing an easy mechanism to integrate custom logic in a Nios® II processor system.
After system generation, you can download the design onto a board, and debug software executing on the board. To the software developer, the processor architecture of the design is set. Software development proceeds in the same manner as for traditional, nonconfigurable processors.