Simulation and Verification Support Resources

Simulation is critical in verifying your design behavior. Simulation of designs written in HDL using a simulator and testbench is a proven technique to verify large designs. The Quartus® II design suite includes the Quartus II simulator and support for all the popular third-party simulators for functional and timing simulations.

Formal verification is a proven way to verify a design's implementation. Quartus II software supports popular third-party industry tools for formal verification.

For additional information on simulation, see the following:

For additional information on formal verification, see the following:

For a brief overview of the verification and simulation features of the Quartus II software, refer to the Verification and Simulation product feature page.

To search for known simulation and verification issues and technical support solutions, use Altera's Knowledge Database. You can also visit the Altera® Forum to connect and discuss technical issues with other Altera users.

For further technical support, use mySupport to create, view, and update service requests.

Simulation Resources

Table 1 provides links to available documentation for simulation.

Table 1. Simulation Support Documentation

Resource Description

Mentor Graphics ModelSim and QuestaSim Support

 

Synopsys VCS Support

 

Cadence NC-Sim Support

These comprehensive chapters from the Quartus Prime Development Software Handbook provide step-by-step instructions for performing functional register transfer level (RTL), functional post-synthesis, and post-fitting timing simulations with the Mentor Graphics ModelSim/ModelSim-Altera, Synopsys VCS, and Cadence NC-Sim simulation tools.
Altera Software Installation and Licensing (PDF) This chapter describes the requirements and procedures for installing Quartus Prime software and related software on the Windows and Linux platforms.
Simulating Altera IP in Third-Party Simulation Tools Altera intellectual property (IP) provides a quick way to build your design without spending time on writing your own RTL for different components of the design. All Altera IP supports simulation in VHDL and Verilog. This chapter explains how to perform functional and gate-level simulation of Altera IP with third-party simulation tools.
AN 351: Simulating Nios II Embedded Processor Designs (PDF) This application note describes the process of setting up and running an RTL simulation in the ModelSim simulator using Nios® II design examples, SOPC Builder, and the Nios II integrated development environment (IDE).
Aldec Active-HDL Support This comprehensive chapter from the Quartus Prime Development Software Handbook provide step-by-step instructions for performing functional register transfer level (RTL), functional post-synthesis, and post-fitting timing simulations with the Aldec Active-HDL simulation tool.
ModelSim Command Reference (PDF) This command reference manual, developed by Mentor Graphics, describes all ModelSim commands.
ModelSim in Action This website, developed by Mentor Graphics, provides information on using the ModelSim simulator.

Table 2 provides links to available training and demonstrations for simulation.

Table 2. Simulation Demonstrations and Training Courses

Resource Description
ModelSim Online Demonstration

The ModelSim online video demonstration provides a quick overview of using the ModelSim-Altera simulator with the Quartus II software.

This is a 3-minute demonstration.

Overview of Mentor Graphic's ModelSim Software
(Online Course)

The training provides an overview of Mentor Graphic's ModelSim Software.

This is a 1-hour online course.