Introducing the Nios II C-to-Hardware Acceleration Compiler

Introducing the Nios II C-to-Hardware <br>Acceleration Compiler

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Dramatically Boost Your Nios II Software Performance

Introducing the Nios® II C-to-Hardware Acceleration (C2H) Compiler, a tool used to boost the performance of your time-critical ANSI C functions by converting them into hardware accelerators in the FPGA.

The Nios II C2H Compiler is a productivity tool for embedded designers using Altera's popular Nios II embedded processor. With the Nios II C2H Compiler you can:

  • Right-click to accelerate your Nios II embedded software—without increasing your clock frequency
  • Design using the standard ANSI C programming language
  • Develop with the familiar Eclipse-based Nios II IDE

Hardware accelerators are a vital tool for software engineers needing to increase the performance of their embedded software applications in that they take full advantage of the parallel processing structure of the FPGA to calculate more computations per clock cycle than general-purpose CPUs, and deliver orders-of-magnitude increase in performance.

Until today, offloading software to hardware accelerators was a manual task, benefiting only those developers with the tools, experience, and time required to create, test, and integrate RTL blocks into their processor system. The Nios II C2H Compiler automates the creation and integration of hardware accelerators, reducing development time from weeks to minutes.

Designing with the Nios II C2H Compiler Is Easy

If you've used the Nios II IDE before, the Nios II C2H Compiler design flow is easy. All you need to do is:

  1. Profile your software code to identify performance-bottleneck functions
  2. Highlight the desired function within the Nios II IDE, and right-click to accelerate
  3. Review the Nios II C2H Compiler results, and fine-tune your C code as needed to optimize
  4. Quickly meet your application's performance requirements, and ship your product on time

The Nios II C2H Compiler allows you to more quickly and efficiently explore the design space to optimize your application algorithms, and to boost the performance over a software-only implementation. All you have to do is right-click to accelerate.

Table 1. Next Steps & Additional Resources
Next Steps Additional Resources

Ordering Information

The Nios II C2H Compiler can be ordered today (see Table 2).

Table 2. Nios II C2H Compiler Ordering Code & Pricing Information
Ordering Code Price Ordering Information
IPT-C2H-NIOS$2,995In the United States and Canada call 1-888-800-0631 or contact your local Altera representative. Outside North America contact your local distributor.