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Quartus Prime Design Software

Primed to Perform

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Enabling New Levels of Design Productivity

Design for the industry’s most powerful FPGAs

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Quartus Prime Design Software Overview

The new revolutionary Quartus® Prime design software includes everything you need to design for Altera® FPGAs, SoCs, and CPLDs from design entry and synthesis to optimization, verification, and simulation. Dramatically increased capabilities on devices with multi-million logic elements, are providing designers with the ideal platform to meet next-generation design opportunities. For designers to effectively take advantage of these devices, software must dramatically increase design productivity. The new Quartus Prime software, built on the successful Quartus II software, is breaking barriers of FPGA design productivity with an additional Spectra-Q™ engine that is optimized for Arria® 10 and future devices.

The Spectra-Q engine enables new levels of design productivity for next-generation programmable devices with a set of faster and more scalable algorithms, a hierarchical database infrastructure, and a unified compiler technology. Visit the Spectra-Q page to learn more about how the Spectra-Q engine enables the development of new tools and design flows.

The Quartus Prime software is available in three editions based on your design requirements: Pro, Standard, and Lite Edition.

  • Quartus Prime Pro Edition–The Quartus Prime Pro Edition is optimized to support the advanced features in Altera’s next-generation FPGAs and SoCs, starting with the Arria 10 device family.
  • Quartus Prime Standard Edition–The Quartus Prime Standard Edition includes the most extensive support for Altera’s latest device families and requires a subscription license.
  • Quartus Prime Lite Edition–The Quartus Prime Lite Edition provides an ideal entry point to Altera’s high-volume device families and is available as a free download with no license file required.


Getting Started


Third-Party EDA Tool Support

The Quartus Prime software interfaces with leading third-party EDA tools throughout the design flow. You can take advantage of various design and verification flows that you are already familiar with to maximize your efficiency.


Extensive Suite of Training Resources

Not sure how to get started using the Quartus Prime software? Altera addresses your concern with a wide variety of training resources and collaterals to help you to learn. There are many online video demos, interactive tutorials, and online, instructor-led, and virtual classrooms to familiarize you with the design tool. Read the introductory manual and handbook for detailed information on specific topics.