Embedded Systems on FPGAs give so much more control and power over your design that this quickly becoming a the platform on choice for developing embeddedsystems. But if you find you are not aFPGA guruthen dont worry, takebaby steps.
Full system designs build upon Nios II processor systems by providing a software application to go with the processor system. Usually the software is application focussed i.e. does something useful.By refering to the sourcecode for these applications isa great way to see exampleof software drivers for varioushardware peripherals onyour board.
Decisions, decisions. What's a good operating system for mynext application? Where can I findIP for my Nios II processor system?Here's something thatwill ease the evaluatorsdilemma.
Ready to Run Demos: A Ready to Run demo is a quick and easy way to demonstrate and evaluate an implementation of a commercialapplicationsuch as automotive graphics,consumer GUI, industrial control. These demoscan beeasily selected andloaded using the application selector on your LCD touch panel. These demos are provided for demonstration and evaluation purposes. They are providedby Altera and Altera's partners to showcase commercial gradeoperating systems, middleware,IP and software tools.
So if you are looking to select a suitable operating system (e.g. Micriums uC-OS II or SLS's port of uC-Linux for Nios II), IP Cores (from simply SD Card cores to high performance Vector graphics engines), middleware librarys (Networks Stacks, Graphics Library) or graphics development tools ( PlanetWebSpectraWorks, Altia Design) then you Ready to Run demos help you make your evaluation processor fun and easy.
Ready to Run demos are provided in binary format only (.FLASH), full Quartus II projects, source code, IP licensing etc can be obtained by contacting the provider of the Ready to Run demo
See Try Out uClinuxto find a Linux distribution bootable from the SD-Card.