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.
The Nios II Embedded Design Suite (EDS) v11.0 is included as part of the Quartus II v11.0 software (web and subscription edition) and includes:
Nios II Software Build Tools for Eclipse
Nios II GCC 4 Tool-chain
You do not need to download anything other than the Quartus II v11.0 software to get the Nios II EDS tools listed above. The Nios II Software Build Tools for Eclipse and the Nios II GCC 4 Tool-chain are recommended for all new designs
You will need to download the individual files on this page, only if you are using Nios II EDS Legacy Tools which comprise:
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 Tool 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 Tool 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 or 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.
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Additionally, you can find answers to many questions in the Nios Forum area of the Altera Forum.