ModelSim*-Intel FPGA Edition Software

  • Recommended for simulating all FPGA designs (Arria®, Cyclone®, Stratix® series FPGA designs, and MAX® series CPLDs)
  • 33 percent faster simulation performance than ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition software
  • No line limitations
  • Buy today for $1,995
  • Mixed-language support

ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition Software

  • Support for simulating small FPGA designs
  • 10,000 executable line limitations
  • Free, no license required
  • Mixed-language support

ModelSim-Intel FPGA Software Products

Product Details ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition (1)
Price Free
No license required

$1,995, includes software
updates for one year


$1,695 for renewal

Quartus® Prime design software
Quartus Prime Lite Edition, Standard Edition, and Pro Edition software
Device support All Intel FPGA devices
(Including MAX CPLDs, Arria, Cyclone, and Stratix series FPGAs)
Mixed-language support Mixed-language support
Operating system (OS) support Windows, Linux (more details)

Design size support

Small designs
10,000 executable line limit
All design sizes (2)
No line limitations
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  1. The ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software requires a valid license. The ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software license expires 15 months after the date of purchase. Every 15 months you must regenerate your license file in the Self-Service Licensing Center to renew your license for the specific ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software version that you purchased.
  2. ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software supports designs of up to 3,000 instances. Instances from our pre-compiled libraries do not count towards the 3,000 instance limitation.

Intel licenses Mentor Graphics* ModelSim-Intel FPGA simulation software to customers with Quartus Prime design software. Both ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition and ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition are available for Lite Edition, Standard Edition and Pro Edition software users.

  • ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition—A license is required (paid)
  • ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition—No license is required (free)

Shorten your FPGA verification time by using the ModelSim-Intel FPGA software in your FPGA design flow. ModelSim-Intel FPGA software supports behavioral and gate-level simulations, including VHDL or Verilog testbenches for all Intel FPGA devices.

Learn how to perform a functional and a timing simulation with the Mentor Graphics ModelSim-Intel FPGA software

ModelSim-Intel FPGA Software Q & A

Is the ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software the same as the ModelSim PE/DE software?

No. ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software only supports our gate-level libraries. The ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software includes the base features of ModelSim PE, including behavioral simulation, HDL testbenches, and Tcl scripting. However, ModelSim PE optional features are not supported in the ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software and the simulation performance of the ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software is slower than that of the ModelSim PE/DE software.

ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition software is the same as ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software except for two areas. ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition's simulation performance is lower than ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition's, and has a line limit of 10,000 executable lines compared to the unlimited number of lines allowed in the ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software.

Does ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software support dual-language simulation?

Yes. Starting with Quartus Prime software v15.0, the ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software supports dual-language simulation. This includes designs that are written in a combination of Verilog, System Verilog, and VHDL languages, also known as mixed HDL.

How do I upgrade my version of ModelSim-Intel FPGA software?

Contact your local Mentor Graphics sales office to upgrade your ModelSim-Intel FPGA software to ModelSim PE/DE software or Questa advanced simulator. Contact information is available on the Mentor Graphics website.

Does ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software support all three editions of Quartus Prime software?