Device Family: Arria 10 GT, Arria 10 GX, Arria 10 SX
Type: Answers
Area: Tools

Last Modified: January 26, 2015

Warning (12620): Input port OE of I/O output buffer is not connected, but the atom is driving a bi-direct


Due to a problem in the Quartus® II software versions 14.1 and earlier you may see this warning when connecting the input of a bidirectional buffer to a constant zero when targeting the Arria® 10 device family.

The problem occurs due to a synthesis problem in which the OE and IN ports for the bidirectional buffer are switched.

The synthesis problem impacts all other device families however the warning is currently only issued for the Arria 10 device family


To work around this problem, use the "keep" attribute to preserve the constant wire as shown in the code below:


signal const_zero_sig : std_logic;

attribute keep: boolean;
attribute keep of const_zero_sig: signal is true;


const_zero_sig <= \'0\';

TRI_PIN <= const_zero_sig when ENABLE=\'1\' else \'Z\';

For Verilog HDL:

wire const_zero_sig /* synthesis keep */;

assign const_zero_sig = 1\'b0;
assign TRI_PIN = enable? const_zero_sig : \'bz;

This problem is scheduled to be fixed in a future release of the Quartus II software.