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Quartus® II Software v12.0Quartus Prime Design Software

Quartus® Prime Software


Altera® Quartus® Prime design software is a multi-platform design environment that easily adapts to your specific needs in all phases of FPGA and CPLD design. Quartus Prime software delivers the highest productivity and performance for Altera FPGAs, CPLDs, and HardCopy® ASICs.


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FPGAs and CLPDs Design Flow
HardCopy ASIC Design Flow

Software Development Kit for OpenCL
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Altera Quartus® Prime Software
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Categories Features Lite Edition Standard Edition Pro Edition
General Information
Getting started
Download Free Software
Buy Software
Buy Software
Device Support
Cyclone®, Max® and Arria® II Device Support
Yes1 Yes No
Arria® and Stratix® Support
No
Yes
No
Arria® 10 Support
No Yes
Yes
Design Entry
Multiprocessor support (faster compile time) Yes Yes Yes
IP Base Suite Available for purchase Yes Yes
Qsys Yes Yes Yes
Rapid Recompile No Yes2 Yes
Blueprint Platform Design
No No Yes
Functional Simulation
ModelSim® - Altera Starter Edition Software
Yes
Yes
Yes
ModelSim® - Altera Edition Software
Yes3
Yes3
Yes3
Synthesis
Spectra-Q™ Synthesis
No
No
Yes
Placement and Routing
Fitter (Place and Route)
Yes Yes No
Spectra-Q™ Hybrid Placer
No Yes4 Yes
Spectra-Q™ Router
No Yes4 Yes
Timing and Power Verification
TimeQuest Static Timing Analyzer
Yes Yes Yes
PowerPlay Power Analyzer
Yes Yes Yes
In-System Debug
SignalTap™ II Logic Analyzer
Yes5
Yes Yes
Transceiver Toolkit
No Yes Yes
JNEye Link Analysis Tool
No Yes Yes
Operating System (OS) Support Windows/Linux 64-Bit Support Yes Yes Yes
System Design Software
Nios® Embedded Design Suite Yes Yes Yes
DSP Builder Available for purchase Available for purchase Available for purchase
Altera SDK for OpenCL™ No Available for purchase Available for purchase

Notes
1. The only Arria II FPGA supported is the EP2AGX45 device
2. Available for Stratix V, Arria V, Cyclone V
3. Requires an additional license
4. Available for Arria 10, Stratix V, Arria V, Cyclone V
5. Available with TalkBack feature enabled

Quartus® Prime Lite Edition Software



Quartus® Prime Lite Edition FPGA design software includes everything you need to design for the following Altera® FPGA and CPLD families:

  • Cyclone® II, Cyclone III, Cyclone IV, Cyclone V FPGAs (exclusing 5CEA9, 5CGXC9, and 5CGTD9)
  • All Cyclone V SoCs
  • Arria® II GX FPGAs: EP2AG45 only
  • All MAX® CPLDs

Features
Operating Systems Supported
  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise

Quartus® Prime Standard Edition Software

Quartus® Prime software is the industry's number one software in performance and productivity for CPLD, FPGA, SoC FPGA, and HardCopy® ASIC designs. Quartus Prime lets designers design for FPGAs in whatever method is most convenient. It supports the development of complex systems through a suite of full-featured, high-level design tools that provide C-based, system-/IP-based, and model-based design entry.


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

Operating Systems Supported
  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise

Additional Resources
Volume 1: Design and Synthesis
Volume 2: Design Implementation and Optimization
Volume 3: Verification

Associated Products
Development KitsCable

Quartus® Prime Pro Edition Software

Quartus® Prime Pro Edition software is optimized to support the advanced features in Altera's next-generation FPGAs and SoCs, starting with the Arria® 10 device family. Use the Quartus Prime Pro Edition software if you are starting a new Arria 10 design or if your Arria 10 design requires features that are only available in the Quartus Prime Pro Edition software.


Features
  • Programming support for Arria 10 10AX115 ES3 devices
  • A Spectra-Q™ Hybrid Placer with advanced placement and routing algorithms for more predictable timing closure
  • A Spectra-Q Physical Synthesis feature for improved Fmax on designs that require high synthesis effort
  • A multi-corner timing visualization feature in the TimeQuest Timing Analyzer
  • A logic depth report for early design analysis
  • A Periphery to Core Placement and Routing Optimization feature
  • Expanded Spectra-Q Synthesis language support for IEEE standards, including SystemVerilog-2005 and VHDL-2008
  • The BluePrint Platform Designer for clock and I/O interface planning
  • The Rapid Recompile feature now supports Arria 10 devices
  • A hierarchical database infrastructure to enable faster and more scalable algorithms for next generation programmable devices
  • Generation of Fitter reports upon completion of each Fitter compilation stage, providing earlier access to design compilation data
  • Ability to load post-plan and post-place timing netlists into the TimeQuest Timing Analyzer, for earlier analysis including Synopsys Design Constraints (SDC) verification and clock timing analysis
Operating Systems Supported
  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise
Additional Resources
Volume 1: Design and Synthesis
Volume 2: Design Implementation and Optimization
Volume 3: Verification

Associated Products
Development KitsCable


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