Altera delivers intellectual property (IP) as part of the IP catalog, which is built into the Quartus® Prime and Quartus II software. The portfolio includes IP for protocol and memory interfaces, digital signal processing (DSP), embedded processors, and related peripherals. All the IP cores have been thoroughly tested and verified on hardware to provide you the assurance that they will work well together in your system.


Altera's free OpenCore Plus IP evaluation feature allows you to perform the following actions with all licensed Altera® IP cores and many partner IP cores:

  • Simulate the core performance and functionality within your system
  • Verify the IP independently or within an entire design to quickly evaluate resource utilization and timing closure
  • Generate time-limited device programming files for designs that incorporate MegaCore functions or partner IP
  • Program a device and verify the design in hardware

See Application Note 320: OpenCore Plus Evaluation of Megafunctions (PDF) for a complete description and guide to using the OpenCore Plus IP evaluation feature.

Purchasing and Licensing

No license keys are required for OpenCore Plus IP evaluation of Altera IP cores. Third-party IP cores are delivered by the partner for evaluation with the appropriate license key.

Altera licenses MegaCore functions on a per-seat, perpetual basis. The license fee includes first-year maintenance and support. You must renew the maintenance contract to receive updates, bug fixes, and technical support beyond the first year.

You must obtain a full license for the Altera MegaCore IP core to generate programming files that you may use for an unlimited time. To obtain a license file, visit the Self-Service Licensing Center or contact your local Altera representative.

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