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Programing NIOS II with UART

I'm currently working with a mobile robot embedding a DE0-Nano board with a NIOS II. I need some debug (printf) but the usb cable is a problem due to the mobility of the robot. 

 

I plan to use an ARM-based computer running Linux (like the Raspberry Pi or the BeagleBone Black) with a wifi dongle, connected with an UART to my DE0-Nano. 

However, the usb cable remains necessary to program the NIOS as I think I can't install quartus on an ARM-based computer. 

 

Is it possible to program the NIOS II with the UART link ? 

(the hardware part is stored in the EPCS) 

If yes, how ? 

 

Maybe is there a better way ?
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