Quartus II upgrade cuts compile times

TechOnline India - July 21, 2010

Version 10.0 of Altera Corp's Quartus II development software aims to deliver two to three faster compile times than the nearest competitor for high-density designs.

Version 10.0 of Altera Corp's Quartus II development software aims to deliver two to three faster compile times than the nearest competitor for high-density designs.

The release includes support for Altera's 28-nm Stratix V FPGA family including the Stratix V GX and Stratix V GS FPGAs.

Version 10.0 includes enhancements to the software's advanced place and route algorithms, TimeQuest timing analyzer and PowerPlay power technology. As well as shortening compile times these culd provide greater than 90 percent logic utilization, rapid timing closure and the low total power consumption.

A new transceiver toolkit helps PCB designers efficiently verify transceiver signal integrity before or in parallel with application design development. The software's transceiver toolkit enables users to maximize signal timing margins and eye openings by instantly fine-tuning transceiver parameters and viewing bit error ratio (BER).

The GUI gives access to all the transceiver settings including pre-emphasis, equalization, VOD, EyeQ eye viewer and sampling position.

Altera's self service licensing center simplifies the software licensing process by enabling Quartus II Subscription Edition software users to setup and manage software and intellectual property (IP) licenses online. Users can view, generate, modify and manage licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The software's new licensing mechanism provides customers with flexible fixed-license installations, portable floating-license usage, a simplified ordering experience and easy-to-read license files.

Version 10.0 works with Quartus Integrated Synthesis for small design changes to deliver a compile time reduction averaging 50 percent compared to a full compile, and better timing preservation with consistent results. 10Gb Ethernet MAC, 10G Base-R and XAUI PHY MegaCores functions are available in the latest release while DDR2 and DDR3 SDRAM controller MegaCores functions supporting ALTMEMPHY and UniPHY are included in the Quartus II Subscription Edition software as part of the Altera IP Base Suite.

Expanded QXP file support enables design teams to facilitate design reuse by creating a custom component library with new post-fit netlists support in addition to existing post-synthesis netlists support.

This is the first production release of Quartus II software Web Edition for Linux in version 10.0. Quartus II software now supports Windows 7 and has added SUSE Enterprise 11 support in addition to version 10 support. There is a more native look-and-feel on the Linux OS platform. Both the Subscription Edition and the free Web Edition of Quartus II software v10.0 are now available for download.

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