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    Overview

     

    The Altera Quartus II software, the industry's number one software in performance and productivity for CPLD, FPGA, and HardCopy ASIC designs. Quartus II software delivers support for the latest 28-nm devices – the Arria V and Cyclone V devices – as well as enhancements to the Stratix V device support. Plan for success with System Console, a unique debug and monitoring solution. Other features include some enhancements to Qsys and a look at how software and hardware co-design will be enabled with the ARM-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices.

     

    The Altera Quartus II design software provides a complete, multiplatform design environment that easily adapts to your specific design needs. It is a comprehensive environment for system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) design. The Quartus II software includes solutions for all phases of FPGA and CPLD design. In addition, the Quartus II software allows you to use the Quartus II graphical user interface and command-line interface for each phase of the design flow. You can use one of these interfaces for the entire flow, or you can use different options at different phases.

     

    Featuring System Console is scalable, hardware debug and monitoring tool in Quartus II software. It provides an easy way to build GUI elements and connect them to hardware so that you can monitor performance, debug designs, and demonstrate design functionality. You can also debug your design anytime – in the lab, during simulation, or after the product has been shipped.

     

    Simulation and system-level tools integrated with Quartus II software design flow are  as follows:

    • ModelSim software
    • DSP Builder (requires additional license)
    • Qsys

     

    The Qsys system integration tool saves significant time and effort in the FPGA design process by automatically generating interconnect logic to connect intellectual property (IP) functions and subsystems. Qsys is the next-generation SOPC Builder tool powered by a new FPGA-optimized network-on-a-chip (NoC) technology, delivering higher performance, improved design reuse, and faster verification compared to SOPC Builder.

     

    Quartus II software delivers superior synthesis and placement and routing, resulting in compilation time advantages and compilation time reduction using following features:

    • Multiprocessor support
    • Rapid Recompile
    • Incremental compile

    Key Features


    • An average of 25 percent faster compilation
    • Improvements in multicore compilation support
    • Fitter improvements that unlock the fastest silicon performance in the industry
    • Higher logic packing capability than our nearest competitor
    • Production release of the Altera SDK for OpenCL
    • Enhancements to the Qsys system integration tool, including:
    • Support for the ARM® TrustZone® technology plus Advanced Peripheral Bus (APBTM) and High-Performance Bus (AHBTM)
    • Support for VHDL bus functional models (BFMs)
    • Enhancements to Transceiver Toolkit, including:
    • Bit error checking for Stratix® V FPGAs
    • Ability to measure and report the data rates of each active transceiver channel
    • Enhancements to the SignalTapTM II logic analyzer, including:
    • Ability to change basic trigger operations without recompiling
    • Cross-triggering from an Altera SoC hard processor system (HPS) event
    • Programmer Object File (POF) support for most 28 nm devices
    • Simplified process for upgrading IP cores
    • Simplified software and device family installation with the new installer

     

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    Licensing & System Req.


    Flexible Licensing Models for PC and Linux Operating Systems  Subscriptions are available in flexible licensing models to support stand-alone PCs or networks including mixtures of PC and Linux clients. The information in below table will help you select the product that best fits into your design environment.Altera software subscriptions include one year of software updates. After the first year, the Altera software continues to work but you will not be able to install new updates.

     

    TypeDescriptionPart No.
    Fixed subscriptionQuartus II software fixed-node subscription supporting all devices on Windows platforms. Includes subscription software updates for one yearSW-QUARTUS-SE-FIXSW-QUARTUS-SE-FIX
    Floating subscriptionQuartus II software floating-node subscription supporting all devices on Windows and Linux platforms on a network. Includes subscription software updates for one year.SW-QUARTUS-SE-FLTSW-QUARTUS-SE-FLT
    Additional floating seatQuartus II software additional floating-node seat for floating-subscription products for one year.SW-QUARTUS-SE-ADDSW-QUARTUS-SE-ADD
    Fixed-subscription renewalQuartus II software per-seat renewal for a fixed-subscription licenseSWR-QUARTUS-SE-FIXSWR-QUARTUS-SE-FIX
    Floating-subscription renewalQuartus II software per-seat renewal for a floating-subscription licenseSWR-QUARTUS-SE-FLTSWR-QUARTUS-SE-FLT
    ModelSim-Altera Edition softwareModelSim®-Altera® Edition fixed-node or floating-node subscription on Windows and Linux platforms. The subscription includes software updates for one yearSW-MODELSIM-AESW-MODELSIM-AE

     

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    Design Entry


    Altera Quartus II design software delivers the highest productivity and performance for Altera® FPGAs, CPLDs, and HardCopy® ASICs, and offers the following design features to accelerate the design process:

    • Design entry
    • Scripting support
    • Incremental compilation: initial setup
    • Qsys system integration tool
    • SOPC Builder
    • MegaWizardTM Plug-In Manager
    • I/O pin assignment analysis Q
    • uartus II integrated synthesis
    • Rapid Recompile
    • Third-party design entry and synthesis
    • Basic compilation flow
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    Download Cables


    Altera download cables are available for use in the in-circuit reconfiguration of Altera FPGAs. Download cables are also available for use in the in-system programming of MAX II, MAX 3000A, and MAX 7000 devices. With Altera download cables, design changes can be downloaded directly to the device, prototyping is easy and multiple design iterations can be accomplished in quick succession.

     

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    Download Cable TypeDescriptionPart No.
    ByteBlaster II (PC Parallel port)The ByteBlaster II enables a PC to configure or program Altera devices. The download cable drives configuration or programming data using a standard parallel printer port from the PC.PL-BYTEBLASTER2NPL-BYTEBLASTER2N
    USB-Blaster (PC USB port)The USB-Blaster drives configuration or programming data from the PC to configure or program Altera devices. The download cable interfaces to a standard USB PC port.PL-USB-BLASTER-RCNPL-USB-BLASTER-RCN
    EthernetBlaster (PC Ethernet port)The EthernetBlaster can receive configuration or programming data from the Ethernet network to remotely configure or program Altera devices. The communications cable connects to a standard Ethernet network port with an RJ-45 connector.PL-ETH2-BLASTERPL-ETH2-BLASTER

     

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    Technical Documents


     

    Learning Center

     

    TypeDescription
    Quick Start GuideAltera: Quick Start Guide for Quartus II Software
    User GuideAltera: Introduction to Altera Quartus II Software
    User GuideAltera: User Guide Altera Quartus II - Volume 1: Design and Synthesis
    User GuideAltera: User Guide Altera Quartus II - Volume 2: Design Implementation and Optimization
    User GuideAltera: User Guide Altera Quartus II - Volume 3: Verification
    User GuideAltera: User Guide Altera Quartus II - System-on-a-Programmable-Chip (SOPC) Builder
    License ManualAltera: Quartus II Software Installation and Licensing Manual

     

    Design Elements

     

    TypeDescription
    FirmwareAltera: EthernetBlaster Download Cable Firmware
    FirmwareAltera: EthernetBlaster II Download Cable Firmware
    LayoutAltera: GBR and PCB Layout Files for 256-pin FineLine BGA Device
    LayoutAltera: GBR and PCB Layout Files for 484-pin FineLine BGA Device
    LayoutAltera: GBR and PCB Layout Files for 672-pin FineLine BGA Device
    LayoutAltera: GBR and PCB Layout Files for 88-pin Ultra FineLine BGA Device

     

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    Ordering Information


    TypeDescriptionPart No.
    Fixed subscriptionQuartus II software fixed-node subscription supporting all devices on Windows platforms. Includes subscription software updates for one yearSW-QUARTUS-SE-FIXSW-QUARTUS-SE-FIX
    Floating subscriptionQuartus II software floating-node subscription supporting all devices on Windows and Linux platforms on a network. Includes subscription software updates for one year.SW-QUARTUS-SE-FLTSW-QUARTUS-SE-FLT
    Additional floating seatQuartus II software additional floating-node seat for floating-subscription products for one year.SW-QUARTUS-SE-ADDSW-QUARTUS-SE-ADD
    Fixed-subscription renewalQuartus II software per-seat renewal for a fixed-subscription licenseSWR-QUARTUS-SE-FIXSWR-QUARTUS-SE-FIX
    Floating-subscription renewalQuartus II software per-seat renewal for a floating-subscription licenseSWR-QUARTUS-SE-FLTSWR-QUARTUS-SE-FLT
    ModelSim-Altera Edition softwareModelSim®-Altera® Edition fixed-node or floating-node subscription on Windows and Linux platforms. The subscription includes software updates for one yearSW-MODELSIM-AESW-MODELSIM-AE

     

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