Embedded Linux for the Nios II Processor

With the introduction of a memory management unit (MMU) for the Nios® II processor, you have a wide range of Linux providers from which to choose. From commercial support from industry leaders to a free open-source distribution, Altera’s embedded Linux partners offer the right level of support for your Linux project.

Embedded Linux Distributions and Tools

Embedded Linux for the Nios II processor is supported by a comprehensive set of partners.

Timesys

  • Linux distribution
  • Application consulting
  • Technical assistance
  • Middleware
  • Drivers/board support package (BSP)
  • Software development tools
  • Tool chain support for supported packages
  • Full GNU tool chain support available from CodeSourcery

SLS

  • Linux distribution
  • Application consulting
  • Technical assistance
  • Middleware
  • Drivers/BSP
  • FPGA design assistance
  • Embedded intellectual property (IP) cores
  • Development boards

Community Supported

Open-source Linux distribution download

Embedded Linux Hardware Designs

Downloadable hardware designs available for Altera and partners for development kits is shown in Table1.

Note:

  1. The Nios II Hardware Reference Design for Linux includes: Quartus® II project file compatible with Quartus II software version 9.0 and later, Cyclone® III FPGA development board design files, and U-boot files.

Additional Tool Support for Embedded Linux

For GNU toolchain support and kernel debug tools for embedded Linux for the Nios II processor, contact the partners shown in Table 2.

Table 2. Additional Tool Support for Embedded Linux

Partner

Description

CodeSourcery

GNU tool chain support

LauterbachKernel debug tools