ModelSim*-Intel FPGA Edition Software

  • Recommended for simulating all FPGA designs (Intel® 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

Intel Quartus® Prime design software support Intel Quartus Prime Lite Edition, Standard Edition, and Pro Edition software
Device support All Intel FPGAs
(Including Intel 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 12 months after the date of purchase. Every 12 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 the Intel 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 FPGAs.

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 Intel Quartus Prime software?