• What's New
  • Productivity
  • Faster I/O Design
  • Performance

Quartus Prime Design Software

Primed to Perform

Learn What’s New in v16.0 >>

Enabling New Levels of Design Productivity

Design for the industry’s most powerful FPGAs

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BluePrint Platform Designer

Learn to speed up your I/O design >>


Boost Performance in Next Generation Devices

Experience a full speed grade advantage in your
® 10 designs with the new Hybrid Placer

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Three Quartus Prime Editions To Meet Your
System Design Requirements

Lite Edition

Standard Edition

Pro Edition

FREE, no license file required

The Quartus® Prime Lite Edition supports Altera’s low-cost device families.



Paid license required

The Quartus Prime Standard Edition includes the most extensive support for Altera’s latest device families and requires a subscription license.


Paid license required


The Quartus Prime Pro Edition supports the advanced features in Altera’s next-generation FPGAs and SoCs, starting with the Arria® 10 device family.

Compare Lite, Standard, and Pro Editions

  Quartus Prime Key Features Lite Edition (Free) Standard Edition ($) Pro Edition ($)
Device Support Cyclone®, MAX®, and Arria II device support (1)  
Arria and Stratix® device support    
Arria 10 device support  
Design Entry Multiprocessor support  
IP Base Suite Available for purchase
Qsys Pro    
Rapid Recompile   (2)
BluePrint Platform Designer    
Functional Simulation   ModelSim®-Altera Starter Edition software
ModelSim-Altera Edition software (3) (3) (3)
Synthesis Spectra-Q™ Synthesis     
Placement and Routing Fitter (Place and Route)  
Incremental Optimization    
Spectra-Q Hybrid Placer    (4)
Spectra-Q Router   (4)

Timing and

Power Verification

TimeQuest Static Timing Analyzer
PowerPlay Power Analyzer
In-System Debug   SignalTap™ II Logic Analyzer (5)
Transceiver toolkit  
JNEye link analysis tool  

Operating System (OS)


Windows/Linux 64 bit support
Add-On Development Tools Altera SDK for OpenCL™ (3) (3) (3)
DSP Builder (3) (3) (3)
Nios® II Embedded Design Suite
SoC Embedded Design Suite
Price   Free


Fixed - $2,995

Float -  $3,995


Fixed - $3,995

Float -  $4,995


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1. The only Arria II FPGA supported is the EP2AGX45 device.

2. Not available for Arria 10 devices.

3. Requires an additional license.

4. Available for Arria 10, Stratix V, Arria V, and Cyclone V devices.

5. Available with TalkBack feature enabled.