This version of Nios II Embedded Design Suite software will no longer be available after 6/26/2020. This version does not include the latest functional and security updates and will not be supported. All versions are provided as is. Intel recommends that users of this version uninstall and discontinue use as soon as possible. Users should upgrade to the latest available software version for their device and follow the technical recommendations to help improve security.
If you do not have Internet access or if you require a DVD, you can download and use the DVD ISO file to create your own installation DVD for installing Altera's software and device support. You must first install the Altera Complete Design Suite (ACDS) software (Windows or Linux version) before you install the ACDS Devices software. You must install both the ACDS software (Windows or Linux version) and the ACDS Devices software.
You must update Quartus® II software version 10.1 to Service Pack 1 to use the Nios® II Embedded Design Suite version 10.1 SP1.
Download Quartus II Subscription Edition version 10.1 SP1 (downloadable patch) Download Quartus II Web Edition version 10.1 SP1 (full Quartus II software download)
Table 1. System Requirements
Windows Vista (32 bits)
Windows XP (32 bits)
Red Hat Linux Enterprise 4/5 (32/64 bits)
SUSE Linux Enterprise 9/10 (32/64 bits)
CentOS 4/5 (32 bits)
Downloading and uncompressing all files require 4 GB of free disk space. Installation requires an additional 5 GB of disk space. You can delete the 4 GB of downloaded and uncompressed files from your hard drive after completing the installation.
Table 2. Nios II Embedded Design Suite (EDS) Features
Nios II Processor: To obtain a time-unlimited license file for the Nios II processor, you must purchase either a standalone Nios II processor core license (ordering code: IP-NIOS) or the Embedded IP Suite (ordering code: IPS-EMBEDDED). Contact your local Altera representative or use Altera Tools Support to order today.
Nios II C2H Acceleration Compiler: You can create, compile, and generate time-limited Nios II processor systems and hardware accelerators generated by the Nios II C2H Compiler without obtaining a license file by using the OpenCore Plus evaluation feature. You must obtain a license for the Nios II processor core (ordering code: IP-NIOS) and Nios II C2H Acceleration Compiler (ordering code: IPT-C2H-NIOS) to generate time-unlimited programming files and flash programming files. Contact your local Altera representative or use Altera Tools Support to order today. You do not need a license if you will only be developing software using the Nios II Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
Micrium MicroC/OS-II RTOS: You can develop software for any of the Nios II development kits using the Micrium MicroC/OS-II RTOS. To generate software to run on other boards aor ship in a product, you must obtain a license. To obtain a license for the Micrium MicroC/OS-II RTOS, contact Micrium today.
The Nios II EDS Support web page can help with questions or problems that are not answered by the information provided here.
Find Answers in the Altera support center uses natural language processing technology to search all available technical documentation to answer your questions directly. Find Answers solves technical queries because you can ask your exact questions online.
You can also benefit from the Altera mySupport online issue tracking system.
Additionally, you can find answers to many questions in the Nios Forum area of the Altera Forum.