Embedded SoPC Design with Nios II Processor and VHDL Examples

Embedded SoPC Design with Nios II Processor and VHDL Examples

Author(s): Pong P. Chu

Published Online: 23 SEP 2011 07:23AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781118008881

Online ISBN: 9781118146538

DOI: 10.1002/9781118146538

About this Book

The book is divided into four major parts. Part I covers HDL constructs and synthesis of basic digital circuits. Part II provides an overview of embedded software development with the emphasis on low-level I/O access and drivers. Part III demonstrates the design and development of hardware and software for several complex I/O peripherals, including PS2 keyboard and mouse, a graphic video controller, an audio codec, and an SD (secure digital) card. Part IV provides three case studies of the integration of hardware accelerators, including a custom GCD (greatest common divisor) circuit, a Mandelbrot set fractal circuit, and an audio synthesizer based on DDFS (direct digital frequency synthesis) methodology.

The book utilizes FPGA devices, Nios II soft-core processor, and development platform from Altera Co., which is one of the two main FPGA manufactures. Altera has a generous university program that provides free software and discounted prototyping boards for educational institutions (details at http://www.altera.com/university). The two main educational prototyping boards are known as DE1 ($99) and DE2 ($269). All experiments can be implemented and tested with these boards. A board combined with this book becomes a "turn-key" solution for the SoPC design experiments and projects. Most HDL and C codes in the book are device independent and can be adapted by other prototyping boards as long as a board has similar I/O configuration.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Basic Digital Circuits Development

  2. Part II: Basic Nios II Software Development

  3. Part III: Custom I/O Peripheral Development

  4. Part IV: Hardware Accelerator Case Studies

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