Nios II Hardware Development Design Example

The Nios® II hardware development tutorial introduces you to the system development flow for the Nios II processor. The design example accompanying this tutorial serves as a basic starting block for you to build a system as shown in Figure 1. Using the Intel® Quartus® Prime or Quartus II software and the Nios II Embedded Design Suite (EDS), you can build a Nios II hardware system design and create a software program that runs on the Nios II system and interfaces with components on Intel® FPGA development boards.

Hardware Design Specifications

  • Nios II/s core with JTAG debug module
  • Timer
  • LED parallel I/Os (PIOs)
  • System ID peripheral
  • On-chip RAM
Figure 1

Using This Design Example

To run this example, download the and unzip it to your hard drive. Then, follow these instructions in the application note below:

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