Welcome to the Altera University Program. We provide complete support for introducing students to digital technology. The support includes hardware, software, and teaching materials.
- Hardware: Our Development and Education boards are specially designed for use in teaching and research laboratories.
- Software: This support consists of the Quartus® II Computer Aided-Design software, Nios II soft processor, Arm A9 development tools, and simulation tools.
- Teaching materials: Tutorials and ready-to-teach laboratory exercises specifically designed for use in digital logic and computer organization courses.
The Development and Education boards provide a high-quality, low-cost platform. To mitigate the cost of equipping teaching and research laboratories, Altera University Program boards are provided at a price which is at, or below, our cost. Altera offers a hardware donation program for qualified schools. Professors and lecturers can request support under this program through the members section of this University Program website.
Altera sponsors conferences, workshops and design contests for academics and students around the world. The highly popular design contests have resulted in many innovative designs.
For more information about the Altera University Program and its offerings, click on the links in the left navigation.
Quartus II® support for DE-series boards
Quartus II version 13.0sp1 supports all Altera University Program FPGA boards, which includes: DE0, DE0-Nano, DE1, DE1-SoC, DE2, DE2-115, DE3, DE4, and DE5-Net. Although new versions of the Quartus II software will be developed and released each year by Altera, Quartus II V13.0sp1 will continue to be maintained and updated for the foreseeable future. Universities that are using the DE1 and/or DE2 boards should continue to use Quartus II V13.0sp1, as explained below.
The Quartus II software starting from version 13.1 does not include support for the Cyclone II family of FPGAs, which are used on the DE1 and DE2 boards. This is the reason why universities that are using the DE1/DE2 boards should continue to use Quartus II V13.0sp1. As mentioned above, Quartus II V13.0sp1 will continue to be provided, updated, and maintained for the foreseeable future, and will thus continue to provide full support for the DE1 and DE2 boards. (Note that the DE2-115 and DE1-SoC boards uses the Cyclone IV and Cyclone V families, respectively, and so are not affected.)
Finally, we would like to inform you that starting in Quartus II version 14.0 there will no longer be support for 32-bit computers (Quartus II V14.0 can only be used on 64 bit computers), and also there will no longer be support for the Cyclone III devices (used on DE0 boards), and Stratix III devices (used on DE3 boards). Users of the DE0 and DE3 boards should continue to use Quartus II V13.1, or earlier.
Patches are now available for the 13.0 and 13.1 versions of the Quartus II Waveform Editor tool. The patches are available for download on the Quartus II Simulator page.
Starting with Quartus II version 13.0, the Waveform Editor tool for performing simulations can be opened from within the Quartus II software. This is accomplished by selecting “File -> New -> University Program VWF”. Test vectors created with this tool can be used in simulation of your circuits by running the ModelSim-Altera simulation tool. The simulator can be started from within the Waveform Editor, or by using the Altera® Nativelink flow. For more information, read the simulation tutorial which is found on the Quartus II Simulator page.
Updating Cygwin for Quartus II 13.1 on Windows 8.1
There is a compatibility issue that causes old versions of Cygwin to fail to run on Windows 8.1. This affects all of Altera’s tools that use Cygwin, such as Altera Monitor Program and Nios II EDS. To solve this issue, the Cygwin that is installed with Quartus II must be updated as follows:
- Download the patch at ftp://ftp.altera.com/up/pub/Cygwin_Patch/cygwin_patch.zip
- Extract the contents of cygwin_patch.zip to your Quartus II install directory, overwriting existing files. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Cygwin are included in the zip file; extract both of these versions to your Quartus II install folder. The default path to the Quartus II install folder is “C:\altera\13.1\quartus”.