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NIOS II Design with SDRAM Controller and 4 different LED sequences, that can be toggled using the user button.

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Key Features

  • Quartus 18.1
  • SPI
  • UART
  • ADC
  • User Flash memory
  • SDRAM memory
  • User LEDs
  • User buttons

Revision History

DateQuartusProject BuiltAuthorsDescription
2019-04-0318.1TEI0015-01-08-C8A-test_board-quartus_18.1-20190403.zipThomas Dück
  • initial release
Design Revision History

Release Notes and Know Issues

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





Design supports following modules:

Module ModelPCB Revision SupportSDRAMQSPI FlashOthersNotes
TEI0015-01-08-C8AREV018 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


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

  1. Open file "test_board.quar"
  2. Select Tools → Platform Designer  from Quartus menu
  3. Open file "NIOS_test_board.qsys" in Platform Designer
  4. Open the component "onchip_flash" (double-click)
    1. Enable "Initialize flash content" and "Enable non-default initialization file" at Flash Initialization, if disabled
    2. Specify Path for "User created hex or mif file". You can find the file at \software\test_board\mem_init\onchip_flash.hex
  5. Select Generate → Generate HDL... from the Platform Designer menu
  6. The Generation window will appear

    1. Select "VHDL" as the synthesis language and "None" from the simulation model dropdown menu

    2. Select “Create block symbol file(.bsf)”, if not selected

    3.  Click Generate and close Platform Designer
  7. Select Processing → Start Compilation from the Quartus menu to compile the Design



MAX10 Flash

  1. Connect the Board to USB-Port
  2. Open Quartus Programmer from Tools → Programmer
  3. If the Arrow-USB-Blaster is not visible:
    1. Click "Hardware Setup..."
    2. Choose at the drop-down menu "Currently selected hardware" the Arrow-USB-Blaster[USB0]
    3. Close "Hardware Setup"
  4. If the correct configuration file is not set:
    1. Delete other files
    2. Click "Add file..."
    3. select the correct *.pof file (Path: <project_directory>\output_files\test_board.pof)
  5. Click start


  1. Prepare Hardware like described on section TEI0015 Test Board
  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: see device manager (Win OS)
    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 the  flash test finished, you can toggle between following LED sequences by pressing user button
    1. Case statement sequence
    2. Shift register sequence
    3. Knightrider sequence
    4. Pulse-width modulation sequence

Appx. A: Change History and Legal Notices

Document Change History

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DateDocument Revision



  • Initial release

Document change history.

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