The Nios® II family of embedded processors implemented in Cyclone™ devices offers a cost-effective soft processor solution for cost-sensitive processing applications. Consuming fewer than 600 logic elements (LEs), a Nios II processor in a low-cost Cyclone device delivers an extremely economical solution—one that is less expensive than most discrete 32-bit microcontrollers available today.
With up to 20,060 LEs available in the largest Cyclone device, multiple Nios II processors can easily fit into one Cyclone device. Low-cost Nios II processors are perfectly suited for a wide range of cost-sensitive consumer, communications, computing, industrial, automotive, and wireless end-applications. Designers can now use the low-cost SOPC solution provided by the Nios II family of embedded processors in Cyclone devices for applications such as digital entertainment boxes, low-end routers and switches, industrial motor and servo controllers, and automotive telematics.
The Nios II family of embedded processors is based on the extremely successful first-generation Nios processors and delivers three processor cores to address an even wider range of embedded processing applications. Designers can choose from a high-performance core (over 200 DMIPS), a low-cost core (as little as 35 cents in logic), and a performance-/cost-balanced standard core. The Nios II family of processors addresses applications such as:
- DVD Players & Recorders
- Flat Panel Displays & Video Projectors
- Factory Automation Systems
- Process Control Systems
Figure 1 shows an example of how a Nios II embedded processor can be used in a Cyclone device. A full-featured, performance-optimized Nios II processor core with peripherals can be tailored for the specific requirements of virtually any embedded system. With a Nios II processor in a Cyclone device, a 32-bit, 20-DMIPS RISC processor now costs as little as 35 cents. The device can quickly and easily perform updates without incurring additional costs, and it will stave off obsolescence and extend usability beyond that of many off-the-shelf microprocessors and microcontrollers.