The Quartus® II software and MAX+PLUS® II software are Altera® tools that provide compiler, simulation, and programming capabilities. Stand-alone versions of the programmer application and features are available from both the Quartus II software, called the Quartus II Stand-Alone Programmer, and the MAX+PLUS II software, called “Altera Stand-Alone Programmer (ASAP2).” A designer without the full version of the Quartus II or MAX+PLUS II software can use the stand-alone versions of the programmer to program, verify, and examine Altera devices. The Quartus II software supports all current Altera programming hardware.
While the Quartus II software supports most of the Altera device families supported by the MAX+PLUS II software, it does not support obsolete devices or packages. Table 1 lists the devices supported by these two software tools.