Altera's NiosÂ® Development Kit, Cycloneâ¢ 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.
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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 Code||Price||Ordering Information|
|NIOS-DEVKIT-1C20||$995||North 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:
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 related to the Nios Development Kit, Cyclone Edition are shown in Table 2.