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Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit, Cyclone III Edition

The Nios® II Embedded Evaluation Kit, Cyclone® III Edition, is a first-class, low-cost evaluation platform for embedded developers. Software developers, especially those new to FPGA design, can install and evaluate the Nios II Embedded Design Suite (EDS)—a comprehensive software development suite for embedded applications—all at no cost. The included software tutorials and examples come with full source code

showing applications such as Picture Viewer, Web Server, C-to-Hardware (C2H) acceleration, and graphics.

Hardware engineers will find Altera's low-cost, low-power, and high-performance Cyclone III FPGAs are perfectly suited as embedded processors or microcontrollers when combined with the 32-bit Nios II embedded processor.

Product information on Altera Website

  • Development Kit Contents

    • The Nios II Evaluation Kit, Cyclone III Edition is composed of the Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit and an LCD/VGA HSMC daughtercard and features:
    • Cyclone III Starter Board
        • Cyclone III EP3C25F324 FPGA
        • Configuration
          • Embedded USB-Blaster™ circuitry (includes an Altera EPM3128A CPLD) allowing download of FPGA configuration files via your USB port
        • Power and analog devices from Linear Technology
          • Switching power supply LTM4603EV-1
          • Switching and step-down regulators LTC3413, LT1959
        • Memory
          • 32 Mbytes of DDR SDRAM
          • 1 Mbyte of synchronous SRAM
          • 16 Mbytes of Intel P30/P33 flash
        • Clocking
          • 50-MHz on-board oscillator
        • Switches and indicators
          • Six push buttons total, four user controlled
          • Seven LEDs total, four user controlled
      • LCD daughtercard
        • Color LCD touch-screen display
          • 800 x 480 resolution
        • 24-bit CD-quality audio CODEC with line-in, line-out, and microphone-in jacks
        • 10/100 Ethernet physical layer/media access control (PHY/MAC)
        • Connectors
          • VGA output
          • Composite TV-in
          • Audio-out, audio-in, and microphone-in
          • Secure digital (SD) card
          • Serial connector (RS-232 DB9 port)
          • PS/2
          • Ethernet connector (RJ-45)
      • Nios II Evaluation Kit CD-ROM
        • Example applications
          • Application selector
          • Picture viewer
          • Mandelbrot acceleration with the Nios C2H compiler
          • Web server/remote FPGA configuration
        • Hardware tutorials
          • Create an FPGA design in one hour
          • Build a 32-bit soft processor system inside an FPGA
        • Software tutorials
          • My First Software Application
        • Complete documentation
          • Quick start guide
          • User guide
          • Reference manual
          • Board schematic, layout, and bill of materials
          • Product and partner information
      • Cables and accessories
        • 128-Mbyte SD card and USB-to-SD card adapter
        • USB cable
        • 9-V power supply
        • International power cords
        • Ethernet (RJ-45) cable (7 ft.)
        • Ethernet crossover adapter
      • Altera Complete Design Suite DVD (free):
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