The SOPC board contains an Altera Stratix Processor, but the description mentions use of an Alteras NIOS II soft core IP. If its a soft core then why are we using a Stratix processor. PIC from: Rapid_prototyping pg.309, author: J.O. Hamblen

  • \$\begingroup\$ ask the manufacturer \$\endgroup\$ – jsotola Apr 25 '18 at 3:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Because you need some hardware on which to run the soft core? \$\endgroup\$ – dim Apr 25 '18 at 4:16

The Altera Stratix part is an FPGA, not a processor. The Nios processor core is implemented on the Stratix FPGA. Soft IP cores are merely high level functional descriptions of a component, the soft core has to be implemented on an FPGA or ASIC in order to be used in a device. The FPGA likely contains some custom application-specific logic in addition to the processor core.


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