Altera Design Software
This tutorial shows how to install the following softwares form the Altera Design Software
- Quartus II (Web edition and Subscription Edition)
- USB-Blaster Driver
The following procedure shows how to install the 10.1 sp1 version of Quartus II
Quartus II is downloadable at: https://www.altera.com/download/software/quartus-ii-se Downloading Altera softwares requires registration. Once this is done, proceed with the download. There are three files to get
- Quartus II 10.1 base software
- Quartus II devices
- Quartus II 10.1 service pack 1
Make sure you get the GNU/Linux version!
Once you have downloaded the files, you can proceed with the installation
$ cd <Download-folder> $ sudo sh ./10.1_quartus_linux.sh
Executing this script should open a setup GUI. Just follow the instructions. For the purpose of this tutorial, I assume that you are installing Quartus II in the Template:Filename folder.
After the base software is installed, you should install devices related files and upgrade to the service pack 1.
$ sudo sh ./10.1_quartus_devices.sh $ sudo sh ./10.1_quartus_linux.sh
Quartus II requires libpng12 to work, which can be found in AUR.
$ wget http://aur.archlinux.org/packages/libpng12/libpng12.tar.gz $ tar -xaf libpng12.tar.gz $ cd libpng12 $ makepkg -i PKGBUILD
Trying to launch the software right now on a 64 bits system won't work. Quartus will complain that libpng12 does not have the right ELF class. This is because Quartus is launched in 32 bits mode by default. We need to add an environment variable to switch to 64 bits mode. Please, refer to the next section regarding this matter.
Integrating Quartus II with the system
Other environment variables related to Quartus can be found in the official installation manual http://www.altera.com/literature/manual/quartus_install.pdf
And now you can try launching launching Quartus II
$ source /etc/profile.d/quartus.sh $ quartus
If this works, don't forget to logout/login for the change to have effect.
The USB-Blaster is a cable that allows you to download configuration data from you computer to you FPGA, CPLD or EEPROM configuration device. However Altera only provides support for RedHat Entreprise, SUSE Entreprise and Cent OS and we are required to do a little bit of work to make it work with Archlinux. If you want some more detail about this cable, please refer to http://www.altera.com/literature/ug/ug_usb_blstr.pdf
The JTAG server of Quartus II is responsible for communications using the USB-Blaster cable. The JTAG server (Template:Filename and Template:Filename) is searching for devices in Template:Filename and in the file Template:Filename. Using Archlinux, the former is located in Template:Filename and not Template:Filename and the latter does not exist unless Template:Codeline is mounted.
For 32 bits systems:
$ sudo sed -i.bak 's/\/proc\/bus\/usb\/%03u\/%03u/\/dev\/bus\/usb\/%03u\/%03u\d0/g' /opt/altera/10.1/quartus/linux/jtagd
For 64 bits systems:
$ sudo sed -i.bak 's/\/proc\/bus\/usb\/%03u\/%03u/\/dev\/bus\/usb\/%03u\/%03u\d0/g' /opt/altera/10.1/quartus/linux64/jtagd #For 64 bits systems
Side by the patched JTAG server, a backup of the original one is created in Template:Filename.
$ sudo mount -a
and now you should have a Template:Filename file
$ ls -l /proc/bus/usb/devices i-r--r--r-- 1 root root 0 Feb 10 19:05 /proc/bus/usb/devices
Now to check that the JTAG server has been properly patched and that everything is working, plug your FPGA or CPLD board using your USB-Blaster cable and run
$ sudo /opt/altera/10.1/quartus/bin/jtagconfig
You should have an output similar to this one
1) USB-Blaster [USB 1-1.1] 020B30DD EP2C15/20
In this example I have a board using a serial EEPROM to retain the FPGA configuration.
Let's now make a final check by relaunching Template:Filename after having reloaded the udev rules.
$ sudo udevadm control --reload-rules $ jtagconfig
Altera Quartus v11.0
The above does not seem to work successfully for version 11 of Quartus. Whether it is the new version, Gnome 3, or Kernel 3 I do not know.
It can be run in 32-bit with Multilib however.
Installation works as previously. However enable multilib and install lib32-libpng12 rather than libpng12, and do not set the QUARTUS_64BIT=1 as described above.
Quartus now appears to run fine. USB JTAG connection seems to be working with the above method at least on a 32-bit system.
Workarounds for Quartus II
Qsys can't import custom components
This bug should be fixed in version 11.1 of Quartus II. There is a problem in Quartus II when parsing the /etc/issue file for reading the distribution name (more information on the chinese version of ArchWiki, your preferred online tranlator is your friend here ;-)). The problem can be circumvented by removing the special characters from the file.
- Create a backup of
# mv /etc/issue /etc/issue.old
- execute the following command
# echo "Arch Linux \r (\n) (\l)" > /etc/issue