NoC interconnect architectures provide a number of significant advantages over traditional, non-NoC interconnects, such as allowing independent layer design and optimization. Altera’s Qsys system integration tool, included with the Quartus II software, generates a flexible FPGA-optimized NoC implementation automatically, based on the requirements of the application. This document describes the advantages of network on a chip (NoC) architecture in Altera FPGA system design.