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Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition

Altera's Nios® Development Kit, Cyclone™ Edition provides everything needed for system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) development. Based on Altera's Nios embedded processor and the low-cost Cyclone EP1C20 device, this development kit provides an ideal environment in which to develop and prototype a wide range of price-sensitive embedded applications.

The Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition contains everything needed for system-level design, whether the user has a background in hardware, software, or both hardware and software.

Receive a 20% discount on this kit by attending a Nios or SOPC training class!

Ordering Information

The Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition is available for ordering today (see Table 1).
Table 1. Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition Ordering Code & Pricing Information
Ordering CodePriceOrdering Information
NIOS-DEVKIT-1C20$995North America: call 1-888-800-0631 International sales: contact your local distributor

Development Kit Contents

The Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition (shown in Figure 1)  includes the following:

  • Nios embedded processor configurable CPU core
  • GNUPro compiler and debugger from Red Hat
  • Library of standard microprocessor peripherals
  • SOPC Builder system development tool
  • Quartus® II design software
  • Nios development board, Cyclone edition (shown in Figure 2)
    • Cyclone EP1C20FC400 device
    • MAX® EPM7128AE CPLD configuration control logic
    • SRAM (1 Mbyte in two banks of 512 Kbytes, 16-bit wide)
    • SDR SDRAM (16 Mbytes, 32-bit wide)
    • Flash (8 Mbytes)
    • EPCS4 Serial Configuration Device (4 Mbits)
    • CompactFlash connector header for Type I CompactFlash cards (40 available user I/O pins)
    • 10/100 Ethernet physical layer/media access control (PHY/MAC)
    • Ethernet connector (RJ-45)
    • Two serial connectors (RS-232 DB9 port)
    • Two 5-V-tolerant expansion/prototype headers (2 x 41 available user I/O pins)
    • Two Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) connectors
    • Mictor connector for debugging
    • Four user-defined push-button switches
    • Eight user-defined LEDs
    • Dual 7-segment LED display
    • Power-on reset circuitry
  • Cables & accessories
    • ByteBlasterâ„¢ II parallel download cable
    • Parallel extension cable (6 feet)
    • Serial cable (RS-232)
    • 9-V power supply
    • International power cords
    • LCD module
    • CompactFlash card (16 megabytes )
    • Ethernet (RJ45) cable (7 feet)
    • Ethernet crossover adapter
  • Many hardware and software reference designs targeted to the Nios development board, Cyclone edition
  • One-year subscription to Nios processor-related tool upgrades (This subscription does not include Quartus II software updates. The Altera® Software Subscription includes the Quartus II design software. There are no license or royalty fees connected with the Nios development kit to develop with Altera FPGAs)
  • Coupon for a 20% discount on any one instructor-led Altera Technical Training course scheduled in North America

Figure 1. Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition

Figure 2. Nios Development Board, Cyclone Edition

Software Development Tools

Software engineers do not need to have prior FPGA design experience to use the Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition. The kit includes world-class development tools and complete documentation as well as multiple reference designs and a step-by-step Nios Software Development Tutorial to get users up and running immediately. Users can write, compile, and run software on their Nios development boards within minutes of opening the box.

Altera has partnered with some of the most respected names in the industry to offer a complete embedded software design environment. Products from companies such as Red Hat, Accelerated Technology (Mentor Graphics), and First Silicon Solutions are included in this development kit. The development kit includes the following:

  • Compiler - Red Hat's GNUPro toolkit
  • Debugger - Red Hat's GDB/Insight debugger tool
  • Network protocols library (RTOS) - Support for raw Ethernet, address resolution protocol (ARP), Internet control message protocol (ICMP), user datagram protocol (UDP), and transmission control protocol (TCP)

Additional software development tools are offered by supporting third-party vendors.

Hardware Development Tools

This Nios development kit is a complete design environment for hardware engineers. Using world-class FPGA design tools, example projects, complete documentation, and a step-by-step tutorial, users will be creating their own custom embedded system within hours.

The Quartus II Design Software allows designers to process multi-million gate designs, streamline development flows, and decrease time-to-market. The Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition includes the Quartus II design software with a one-year non-perpetual license. Altera recommends that designers purchase a full Altera design software subscription.

SOPC Builder, included in the kit, is an automated system development tool that dramatically simplifies the task of creating high-performance SOPC designs.

Available Documents

Available documents related to the Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition are shown in Table 2.
Table 2. Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition Documents Available
Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition Getting Started User GuidePDF in English
Nios Development Board Reference Manual, Cyclone EditionPDF in English

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