Nios II Embedded Design Suite

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  1. Quartus® II Web Edition Software
  2. Nios® II Embedded Design Suite

Table 1. Nios II Embedded Design Suite and Quartus II Web Edition Software Download Links

Windows Sofware Downloads Download File Size
Quartus II Web Edition Software v9.1 Service Pack 2 (Now with the MegaCore® IP Library, which includes the Nios II Processor and OpenCore Plus for IP Evaluation)
Windows Vista (32 bits) and Windows XP (32 bits)
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No license required
1.9 GB
Nios II Embedded Design Suite (1)
Windows Vista (32 bits) and Windows XP (32 bits)

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No license required
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563 MB
13 MB

ModelSim®-Altera® Starter Edition v6.5b for Quartus II Software v9.1 (optional download)
Windows Vista (32 bits) and Windows XP (32 bits)

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No license required
573 MB
574 MB
Linux Software Downloads

Quartus II Web Edition Software v9.1 Service Pack 1
Use Subscription Edition (Win/Linux) or Web Edition (Win) if you have encountered issues with this beta offering. For a list of features not supported with Web Edition Linux beta, click here.

Red Hat Linux Enterprise 4/5 (32/64 bits), SUSE Linux Enterprise 9/10 (32/64 bits), and CentOS 4/5 (32/64 bits)
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2.2 GB

Nios II Embedded Design Suite (1)
Red Hat Linux Enterprise 4/5 (32/64 bits), SUSE Linux Enterprise 9/10 (32/64 bits)

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No license required
See what's new
668 MB
10 MB

ModelSim-Altera Starter Edition v6.5b for Quartus II Software v9.1 (optional download)
Red Hat Linux Enterprise 4/5 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 9
(32 bits)

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No license required
578 MB
539 MB
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System Requirements

Table 2. System Requirements

Requirement Type
Operating System

Windows Vista (32 bits)
Windows XP (32 bits)
Red Hat Linux Enterprise 4/5 (32/64 bits)
SUSE Linux Enterprise 9/10 (32/64 bits)

Disk SpaceTo download and uncompress all files, requires 4 Gbytes of free disk space. Installation requires an additional 5 Gbytes of disk space. You can delete the 4 Gbytes of download and uncompressed files from your hard drive after installation is complete.
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Features

Table 3. Nios II EDS Features

Feature Details
Device Support

Visit the Quartus II Software Subscription and Web Edition Comparison page for detailed device support information.

Software Development Tools Support
  • Nios II Software Build Tools for Eclipse, debugger, drivers, and utilities (go to the Nios II embedded software tools page for complete details)
  • Nios II C-to-Hardware (C2H) compiler Evaluation
  • NicheStack TCP/IP Stack—Nios II Edition Evaluation
  • Micrium MicroC/OS-II RTOS Evaluation
More Information Find detailed information on the Nios II processor web page. Find out what’s new in this release on the news page.
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Licensing

Nios II Processor: To obtain a non-time-limited use license file for the Nios II processor, you must purchase a Nios II development kit or the stand-alone Nios II processor core license (ordering code: IP-NIOS). Contact your local Altera representative or use Altera Tools Support to order today.

Nios II C2H Compiler: You can create, compile, and generate time-limited Nios II processor systems and hardware accelerators generated by the Nios II C2H Compiler without obtaining a license file by using the OpenCore Plus evaluation feature. You must obtain a license for the Nios II processor core (ordering code: IP-NIOS) and Nios II C2H Compiler (ordering code: IPT-C2H-NIOS) to generate non-time-limited programming files and flash programming files. Contact your local Altera representative or use Altera Tools Support to order today. You do not need a license if you will only be developing software using the Nios II IDE.

NicheStack TCP/IP Stack–Nios II Edition: You can develop software for any of the Nios II development kits using the NicheStack TCP/IP Stack, Nios II Edition evaluation. To generate software to run on other boards and/or ship in a product, you must obtain a license (ordering code: IPSW-TCP/IP-NIOS). Contact your local Altera representative or Altera Tools Support to order today.

Micrium MicroC/OS-II RTOS: You can develop software for any of the Nios II development kits using the Micrium MicroC/OS-II RTOS. To generate software to run on other boards and/or ship in a product, you must obtain a license. To obtain a license for the Micrium MicroC/OS-II RTOS, contact Micrium today.

Download Notes

  • Installation Instructions: View installation instructions for all operating systems.
  • Online Demonstrations: View now.
  • Support
    • The Nios II Embedded Design Suite Support web page can help with questions or problems that are not answered by the information provided here.
    • Find Answers in the Altera support center uses natural language processing technology to search all available technical documentation to answer your questions directly. Find Answers solves technical queries because you can ask your exact questions online.
    • You can also benefit from the Altera mySupport online issue tracking system.
    • Additionally, you can find answers to many questions in the Nios Forum area of the Altera Forum.

Legal Notice—Altera'sMegaCore® License Agreementgoverns the installation and use of the Nios II software. TheSoftware Subscription License Agreementgoverns the installation and use of the Quartus II Web Edition design software.