Altera and its Embedded Alliance Program offer a range of software development tools, hardware development tools, and development kits that include everything you need to quickly and easily create and implement your design.
Figure 1. Development Tools to Accelerate Embedded Design
For SoC devices, we provide the SoC Embedded Design Suite, which includes the ARM® Development Studio 5 ( DS-5™) Altera® Edition Toolkit. For the Nios® II processor, the Nios II Embedded Design Suite (EDS) is a comprehensive development package for Nios II software design. Our embedded software partners also provide products in the following categories for ARM, Nios II, Freescale, and MIPS® architecture support.
Virtual Prototyping Platform
Altera, along with its Embedded Alliance Program, offers the SoC FPGA Virtual Target, a virtual prototyping platform to enable pre-silicon and post-silicon software development.
Altera offers a range of hardware development tools that enable the highest levels of productivity and the fastest path to design completion for high-density FPGA designs:
- Quartus® II design software
- Qsys system integration tool
- SignalTapTM II embedded logic analyzer
- MegaCore® IP library
Altera's Quartus II software leads the industry as the most comprehensive environment available for FPGA designs, providing unmatched performance delivery, efficiency, and ease of use.
Qsys eliminates manual system integration tasks and allows you to focus on custom user logic design to differentiate your system. All versions of the Altera® Quartus II design software include the Qsys system integration tool.
The SignalTap II logic analyzer is a system-level debugging tool that captures and displays real-time signal behavior in processors on FPGAs, allowing you to observe interactions between hardware and software in system designs.
You can choose from Altera's comprehensive MegaCore intellectual property (IP) library of peripheral functions such as IDEs, UARTs, interrupt controllers, and PCITM bus bridges to build a custom function optimized for specific applications.
Altera's rapidly growing portfolio of standard bus interfaces allows you to add chip-to-chip, board-to-board, or box-to-box connectivity to system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. The microsystems portfolio also includes megafunctions to seamlessly add external memory, Ethernet interfaces, PCI, PCI Express®, USB, and next-generation processor interfaces.
Altera and its partners offer a portfolio of feature-rich and easy-to-use development kits. These kits provide everything you need to create total programmable solutions. Visit the embedded development kit page.