The Nios® II Embedded Design Suite (EDS) is a comprehensive development package for Nios® II software design. The Nios® II EDS contains not just development tools, but also software, device drivers, bare metal Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) library, a commercial grade network stack software and evaluation version of a real-time operating system.
The Nios® II Software Build Tools are a set of powerful commands, utilities, and scripts to manage build options for applications, BSPs, and software libraries.
With the Nios® II embedded processor, you have access to a broad range of third party embedded software components.
Intel offers device drivers for Intel® FPGA IP and HAL API.
Evaluate the Nios® II processor tools and IP and develop software for free. When you are ready to ship your product, you must purchase a Nios® II IP core license. This royalty-free license never expires and allows you to target your processor design to any FPGA, so that your software investment is preserved even if the underlying hardware changes. To get started, follow these steps: