Altera and Wind River announced Linux support for the Nios II embedded processor on FPGAs. Wind River’s Linux solution for the Nios II processor is based on Linux 2.6 kernel technology, the GNU 4 tool chain, and the Eclipse-based Wind River Workbench Development Suite. The Linux distribution, a Nios II/f-based processor-system reference design, and a BSP for the Altera Cyclone III FPGA Development Kit are available from Wind River.
The Altera and Wind River development framework offers an integrated, network-enabled processor-system reference design that boots Linux on power-up. Implemented on a Cyclone III FPGA Development Kit, the underlying hardware platform is a fully timing-constrained and performance-optimized processor subsystem design with a Nios II/f core and a number of common system peripherals such as Ethernet, timer and UART. A matching board support package (BSP) and a pre-built Linux kernel for this hardware platform give application developers a familiar and stable environment to jumpstart their application development effort. The same processor system reference design can target any FPGA or HardCopy ASIC in Altera’s product portfolio.
The Nios II embedded processor is a configurable, high-performance solution that delivers up to 340 DMIPS of performance in FPGAs and can be implemented in a few cents worth of logic elements.