Nios® II Processor Benefits
Nios® II embedded processors provide an ideal embedded solution offering flexibility, high performance, low cost, and a long life cycle.
Long Life Cycle
Intel's Nios® II embedded processor provides phenomenal cost flexibility, allowing you to choose the exact set of processors, peripherals, memory, and interfaces that you need for your application, without paying for features that you don’t need. As a designer, you have to find ways to reduce development and component costs to meet your design specifications and deadlines. The Nios® II processor gives you the cost flexibility to meet these requirements.
|Low-Cost Processor Core||Utilize the fewest possible logic and memory resources with the Nios® II/e "economy" core, the absolute lowest cost Nios® II processor.|
|Greater System-Level Integration||Create exact-fit systems by combining one or more CPUs with the exact set of peripherals, memory, and I/O interfaces, greatly reducing board cost, complexity, and power consumption.|
|Cost-Optimized FPGA||Combine the Nios® II/e core with a low-cost Cyclone® III FPGA and consume as little as 25 cents of the Cyclone® III device's cost. This will leave plenty of logic for implementing functions previously handled by external devices. Learn more about Intel Cyclone® series.|
|Cost-Efficient Acceleration||Boost software performance in a cost-efficient way by offloading performance-critical software functions to hardware accelerators in the FPGA.|
|Low-Cost Tools and Development Kits||Download the Nios® II Embedded Design Suite and evaluate the tools and processor for free today. Then, you can purchase a low-cost development kit that includes everything you need to create complete on-chip microprocessor systems. Learn more about Nios® II development kits|
|Royalty-Free License||Pay no royalties for Nios® II processors implemented in Intel® FPGAs. Learn more about Nios® II development kits|
Intel Nios® II processors give you the ultimate flexibility to achieve the exact performance required for your embedded design, without overpaying for high clock frequency, power-hungry off-the-shelf processors. Additionally, Nios® II processors help you avoid last-minute hand-tuning of assembly language code, giving you configurable performance features that can be designed in as needed.
|High-Performance Processor Core||Optimized for performance-critical applications, the Nios® II/f "fast" core has a 6-stage pipeline, dynamic branch prediction, instruction and data cache, and 250+ MHz performance. High-performance FPGAs, such as those in the Stratix® III device family, give the Nios® II/f core enough performance for many core processing tasks.||Intel Stratix® Series FPGAs|
|Multi-High-performance FPGAs||Use multicore systems to scale a system's performance or to divide software applications into simpler tasks. The Nios® II Embedded Design Suite (EDS) includes support for creating customized multicore systems. Nios® II processors, combined with extremely high-density FPGAs such as those in the Stratix® III device family, are ideal for creating high-performance multiprocessor applications.|
|High-Bandwidth Bus Structure||Automatically generate an Avalon® interconnect fabric to support any system that you build by using the SOPC Builder system generation tool. This tool allows you to generate high-throughput systems that support simultaneous multiple master/slave connections, direct memory access (DMA) channels, and on-chip data buffers.|
|Custom Instructions||Accelerate time-critical software algorithms by adding custom instructions to the Nios® II instruction set.||Nios® II Custom Instruction User Guide (PDF)|
|Fast Configurable On-Chip Memory||Create fixed low-latency on-chip memory buffers for performance-critical applications.|
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