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NIOS II Design with SDRAM Controller and 5 different LED sequences, that can be toggled using the user button.

Refer to for the current online version of this manual and other available documentation.

Key Features

  • Quartus 18.1
  • SPI
  • UART
  • User Flash memory
  • SDRAM memory
  • 3-axis Accelerometer
  • User LEDs
  • User buttons

Revision History

DateQuartusProject BuiltAuthorsDescription

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



NIOS II SBT for Eclipse18.1needed


Complete List is available on <design name>/board_files/*_devices.csv

Design supports following modules:

Module ModelBoard Part Short NamePCB Revision SupportDDRQSPI FlashOthersNotes
TEI0001-03-08-C808_C8_8MBREV02, REV038 MByte64 MBitNANA
TEI0001-03-16-C816_C8_8MBREV02, REV038 MByte64 MBitNA


TEI0001-03-16-C8A16_C8A_32MBREV0332 MByte64 MBitNANA
TEI0001-03-16-C8P16_C8P_8MBREV038 MByte64 MBitNANA
Hardware Modules

Design supports following carriers:

Carrier ModelNotes
Hardware Carrier

Additional HW Requirements:

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


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

Design Sources

Quartus<design name>/source_files/quartusQuartus Project will be generated by TE Scripts
Software<design name>/source_files/softwareAdditional Software will be generated by TE Scripts
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. Command files for execution will be generated with "_create_win_setup.cmd" on Windows OS and "" 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.

  1. Open _create_win_setup.cmd/ and follow instructions on shell:
  2. Press 0 and enter to start "Module Selection Guide"
  3. Create Project (follow instruction of the product selection guide), settings file will be configured automatically during this process
    1. (optional for manual changes) Select correct device and Quartus install path on "design_basic_settings.cmd"/ "" and create Quartus project with "quartus_create_project_batchmode.cmd"/""




Not used on this Example.

MAX10 Flash

  1. Connect the Module to USB-Port
  2. Open Quartus project with "quartus_open_existing_project_guimode.cmd"/ ""
  3. Open the Quartus Prime Programmer from Tools → Programmer
  4. If the Arrow-USB-Blaster is not visible:
    1. Click "Hardware Setup..."
    2. Choose at the drop-down menu "Currently selected hardware" Arrow-USB-Blaster [USB0]
    3. Close "Hardware Setup"
  5. If the correct configuration file is not set:
    1. Delete other files
    2. Click "Add file..."
    3. Select the correct .pof file (created project file: <design_name>/quartus/output_files/test_board.pof or prebuilt file: <design_name>/prebuilt/<board_part_short_name>/programming_files/*.pof)
  6. Click "Start"


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


  1. Open Serial Console "PuTTY"
  2. Change settings in category "Session"
    1. Connection Type: Serial
    2. COM Port: Win OS → see device manager, Linux OS → see  dmesg |grep tty
    3. Speed: 115200
  3. Select "Implicit CR in every LF" in category "Terminal"
  4. Click Open
  5. Press reset button at module
    1. Flash test is running
  6. After test finished, you can toggle between following LED sequences by pressing user button
    1. Spirit level
    2. Case statement sequence
    3. Shift register sequence
    4. Knightrider sequence
    5. Pulse-width modulation sequence

Appx. A: Change History and Legal Notices

Document Change History

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DateDocument Revision



  • 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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