The Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit Cyclone III Edition, from Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR), is a low-cost evaluation platform for embedded developers. The feature-rich, low-cost platform provides a fast and simple way for embedded designers to assess the Nios II processor, SOPC Builder system design software, and their custom applications.
The Nios II evaluation kit combines a Cyclone III Starter Board and a touch screen LCD in a unique plexiglass case. The evaluation kit enables developers to launch example applications, such as networking, audio and image processing, with just the touch of a finger. It also serves as an ideal development platform for software designers new to FPGA-based processors.
The kit includes the Nios II Embedded Design Suite (EDS), a complete design suite for embedded software development, and several tutorials and design examples (with full source code), making it easy to develop software for the Nios II embedded processor. Ten design examples from Altera and several embedded partners are included with the kit. The examples include hardware acceleration of image processing applications and a remote FPGA update design that demonstrates how FPGA developers can update hardware designs over the Internet to add new product features or deliver bug fixes.
The Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit, Cyclone III Edition lets designers experiment with a wide range of applications by providing a diverse array of memory and I/O interfaces including:
- 3C25 FPGA with 25K logic elements
- 32 Mbytes DDR SDRAM
- 1 Mbyte SSRAM
- 16 Mbytes Flash
- 10/100 Ethernet (PHY)
- 800 x 480 color touch panel LCD
- SD card I/F (with SD Flash card)
- Microphone input
- Composite video input
- Audio input
- Audio output
- VGA output
- PS2 interface
The Nios II Evaluation Kit also includes cables and accessories, a Nios II Evaluation Kit CD-ROM (with software tutorials and examples), and Altera’s complete Design Suite DVD featuring the Nios II EDS, Altera Megacore IP library, and Quartus II Web Edition Design Software. The kit is priced at just US$399.