Designing with Intel FPGA Intellectual Property

The capabilities of Intel® FPGAs have matured to a point where you can use the devices for more than simple glue logic. Intel FPGAs are becoming the heart of applications, and intellectual property (IP) plays a key role in enabling this evolution.

Intel has been developing and licensing IP for two decades. From simple arithmetic functions to high-performance interface protocols, processor subsystems, and application-specific solutions, Intel FPGA IP enables you to create applications on Intel FPGAs for a wide range of markets. The combination of Intel MegaCore® IP and application-specific IP from a community of trusted Design Service Network members simplifies your development effort while maximizing design productivity.

Accelerated Design Productivity

Intel has simplified the IP selection process by enabling the use of Intel and Design Solutions Network (DSN) member IP throughout the Quartus® Prime design software flow from the time it is installed. The first step is to download the Quartus Prime design software, which includes all of the Intel FPGA IP, from our online Download Center.

 

 

IP Design Flow Graphic

The IP evaluation flow, called OpenCore Plus, delivers a powerful productivity advantage. With OpenCore Plus, you do not need to acquire a license before you can evaluate the IP. You can:

  • Simulate the core behavior within your system
  • Verify the design functionality and quickly evaluate its size and performance
  • Generate time-limited device programming files for designs that incorporate the Intel or partner IP
  • Program a device and verify the design in hardware

The majority of our DSN members also support the OpenCore Plus evaluation feature. For more information about core download, evaluation, and licensing, visit Intel FPGA's Getting Started page.

Figure 1. PCI Express* Configuration Panel

Core Parameterization

Intel FPGA IP cores are fully parameterizable. The IP configuration GUI shown in Figure 1 allows you to quickly and easily view documentation, specify parameters, set up third-party tools, and generate all the files necessary for integrating the parameterized Intel FPGA IP core into a design. You can launch an IP configuration GUI from the Quartus Prime IP Catalog, from the Qsys System Integration tool, or the DSP Builder tool.

Partnered with Experts

Intel has been partnering with leading third-party IP developers for over 15 years. These trusted DSN members bring complementary products and expertise while extending the range of applications you can implement with Intel FPGAs. Through the Design Solutions Network program, members gain access to software, training, hardware platforms, IP packaging tools, and direct support from Intel. DSN member IP is optimized for Intel devices and pre-verified for use. Visit the online DSN catalog for a complete list of the Intel FPGA Design Solutions Network members.

Development Kits

Intel and its DSN members also offer a wide variety of development kits that are the ideal platforms to develop and test designs containing IP cores. Intel FPGA IP and development kit portfolios make a powerful combination that translates into the fastest possible time to market. The development kit page and online DSN catalog contains a complete listing of Intel and DSN member development kits.