NIOS II Design with SDRAM controller, flash memory test and different LED sequences.

Refer to http://trenz.org/max1000-info for the current online version of this manual and other available documentation.

Key Features

  • Quartus Prime Lite 21.1
  • SPI
  • UART
  • User Flash memory
  • SDRAM memory
  • 3-axis Accelerometer
  • User LEDs
  • User buttons

Revision History

DateQuartusProject BuiltAuthorsDescription
2022-04-2121.1 Lite



Thomas Dück
  • update to Quartus Prime Lite 21.1
2021-07-0920.1 Lite



Thomas Dück
  • update to Quartus Prime Lite 20.1
  • TE scripts update
2020-10-1919.1 Lite



Thomas Dück
  • bugfixes
2020-07-0719.1 Lite



Thomas Dück
  • bugfixes
  • script update
2020-05-1219.1 Lite



Thomas Dück
  • 19.1 update



Thomas Dück
  • add bash files for Linux OS



Thomas Dück
  • create project with TE scripts
  • new assembly variants
2019-04-0218.1TEI0001-03-08-C8-test_board-quartus_18.1-20190402.zipThomas Dück
  • initial release
Design Revision History

Release Notes and Know Issues

IssuesDescriptionWorkaroundTo be fixed version
No known issues---------
Known Issues



Quartus Prime Lite21.1needed
NIOS II SBT for eclipse---optional


Complete List is available on <project folder>/board_files/*_devices.csv

Design supports following modules:

Module ModelBoard Part Short NamePCB Revision SupportDDRQSPI FlashOthersNotes
TEI0001-03-08-C8*08_C8_8MBREV02, REV038MByte64MBitNANA
TEI0001-03-16-C816_C8_8MBREV02, REV038MByte64MBitNA



*used as reference

Hardware Modules

Design supports following carriers:

Carrier ModelNotes

*used as reference

Hardware Carrier

Additional HW Requirements:

Additional HardwareNotes
USB cable for JTAG/UARTCheck Carrier Board and Programmer for correct type

*used as reference

Additional Hardware


For general structure and of the reference design, see Project Delivery - Intel devices

Design Sources


<project folder>/source_files/quartus

<project folder>/source_files/<Board Part Short Name>/quartus

Quartus project will be generated by TE Scripts

Source files for specific assembly variants


<project folder>/source_files/software

<project folder>/source_files/<Board Part Short Name>/software

Additional software will be generated by TE Scripts

Source files for specific assembly variants

Design sources





SOPC Information File*.sopcinfoFile with description of the *.qsys file to create software for the target hardware
Programmer Object File*.pofFPGA configuration file
Diverse Reports---Report files in different formats
Software Application File*.elfSoftware application for NIOS II processor system
Prebuilt files (only on ZIP with prebuilt content)


Reference Design is only usable with the specified Quartus version. Do never use different versions of Quartus software for the same project.

Reference Design is available on:

Design Flow

Reference Design is available with and without prebuilt files. It's recommended to use TE prebuilt files for first launch.

Trenz Electronic provides a tcl based built environment based on Quartus Design Flow.

See also:

The Trenz Electronic FPGA Reference Designs are TCL-script based projects. To create a project, open a project or program a device execute "create_project_win.cmd" on Windows OS and "create_project_linux.sh" on Linux OS.

TE Scripts are only needed to generate the quartus project, all other additional steps are optional and can also executed by Intel Quartus/SDK GUI. For currently Scripts limitations on Win and Linux OS see: Project Delivery - Intel devices → Currently limitations of functionality

  1. Open create_project_win.cmd/create_project_linux.sh:
  2. Select Board in "Board selection"
  3. Click on "Create project" button to create project
    1. (optional for manual changes) Select correct quartus installation path in "<project folder>/settings/design_basic_settings.tcl"



Check Module and Carrier TRMs for proper HW configuration before you try any design.

MAX10 Flash

  1. Connect the Module to USB-Port
  2. Open create_project_win.cmd/create_project_linux.sh
  3. Select correct board in "Board selection"
  4. Click on "Program device" button
    1. if prebuilt files are available: select "Program prebuilt file"
    2. using own generated programming file: select "Program other file" and click on "Browse ..." to open own generated programming file
    3. (optional) click on "Open programmer GUI" to program device with Quartus programmer GUI
  5. Click on "Start program device" button


Not used on this example.


  1. Prepare Hardware like described on section Programming
  2. Connect UART USB (most cases same as JTAG)


  1. Open Serial Console (e.g. PuTTY)
    1. select COM Port

      Win OS: see device manager

      Linux OS: see  dmesg | grep tty  (UART is *USB1)

    2. Speed: 115200
  2. Press reset button
  3. Console output depends on used Software project, see Software Design - SDK#Application

System Design - Quartus

Block Design

The block designs may differ depending on the assembly variant.

Block Design - Project
Block Design - Platform Designer

Software Design - SDK


Used software project depends on board assembly variant. Template location: <project folder>/source_files/software/


Software example to test TEI0001 module.

  • You can toggle between following modes by pressing user button
    1. Spirit level
    2. Winbond SPI flash memory test
    3. Shift register sequence
    4. Knightrider sequence
    5. Case statement sequence

Appx. A: Change History and Legal Notices

Document Change History

To get content of older revision got to "Change History" of this page and select older document revision number.

DateDocument Revision



  • update to Quartus Prime Lite 21.1
2021-07-09v.14Thomas Dück
  • update to Quartus Prime Lite 20.1
  • document style update
  • script update
2020-10-09v.12Thomas Dück
  • bugfixes
  • script update
2020-05-13v.10Thomas Dück
  • 19.1 release
2019-11-11v.8Thomas Dück
  • add bash files for Linux OS
2019-10-29v.6Thomas Dück
  • change design to TE scripts
  • new variants
2019-04-03v.4Thomas Dück
  • Initial release 18.1

Document change history.

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