The method used to create a .jic file with a Nios® II hardware and software image is as follows.

 

1.      Create a flash file for the hardware and software image
sof2flash –input=<hwimage>.sof –output=hwimage.flash –epcs –verbose
elf2flash –input=<elf file>.elf –output=swimage.flash –epcs –after=hwimage.flash –verbose

Note: When creating the software flash image, there is no need to add a boot srec (this is located in the EPCS Controller), the –after option ensures the software image starts immediately after the hardware image.

2.      Convert the flash images into Hex files

nios2-elf-objcopy -I srec -O ihex hwimage.flash  hwimage.hex
nios2-elf-objcopy -I srec -O ihex swimage.flash  swimage.hex

3.      When creating your jic file using Quartus® II Convert Programming File tool, add the Flash Loader and both hex files with absolute addressing option selected.

Note: You do not need to add the .sof file to the jic image.  This is because you created a hardware hex image.  Using the hardware hex image ensures the software hex image is at the proper offset in the EPCS

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