From the Intel Quartus Prime overview:
- The revolutionary Intel® Quartus® Prime Design Software includes everything you need to design for Intel® FPGAs, SoCs, and complex programmable logic device (CPLD) from design entry and synthesis to optimization, verification, and simulation.
This article focuses on the following Intel FPGA software components:
- Quartus Prime Lite
- Intel FPGA Download Cable (II)
- Questa-Intel FPGA Edition — included with Quartus Prime Lite Edition
Quartus Prime Lite and Questa can be installed with the AUR meta-package. This meta-package will also install device support for every supported device family. To save on disk space once the package is built, you can install only the necessary components. For example:
- AUR for Quartus Prime Lite
- AUR for Questa
quartus-free-quartus requires quartus-free-devinfo, which is provided by any one of the packages with a quartus-free-devinfo- prefix. For example, install the AUR dependency if you have a Cyclone V FPGA.
Quartus II 13.0 Web Edition is "the last version to support Cyclone II and earlier FPGAs", so installAUR instead of quartus-free if support for such devices is needed. See also AUR for the SP1 Subscription Edition.
Unlike ModelSim, Questa requires a valid license file even for the free version. Those who do not wish to provide one can install the last version of ModelSim ( AUR) instead.
quartus-free-quartus uses files in
/etc/profile.d/ to extend the
PATH environment variable, so log into a new session to make commands like quartus_sh available.
Being in the
plugdev group to program an FPGA (via the USB-Blaster) is optional; logged in users are always allowed access.
Run Quartus Prime Lite by running
quartus or selecting its desktop entry. Use the quartus_sh utility to run Quartus Prime Shell. See
quartus_sh --help for more information.
Run ModelSim by running
vsim or selecting its desktop entry. See
vsim -help for more information.
Standard Edition license validation
Configuring the path to your Quartus Prime Standard Edition license file from the Quartus Prime settings interface is not enough for successful license validation. The license validation routine looks for your MAC address on interface
eth0, the traditional name for your Ethernet controller. However, network interfaces use predictable names by default—these can vary from machine to machine. Thus, the expected
eth0 name must be retained by following Network configuration#Revert to traditional interface names.
Alternatively, a dummy
eth0 network interface can be dynamically created by systemd-networkd at boot. This may be desirable for systems without a wired Ethernet adapter. Create the following file (where
hostname is your machine's hostname):
[Match] Host=hostname [NetDev] Name=eth0 Kind=dummy MACAddress=MAC_address
systemd-networkd.service is started/enabled afterwards.
See also related articles on the Intel Knowledge Base:
- Why does my Quartus/OpenCL license not work on Red Hat 7.x?
- Why does OpenCL node locked license not work with multiple ethernet port?
Empty greyish windows (XMonad)
Some of the built-in editors in Quartus Prime such as IP editors and Tools > Platform Designer (aka Qsys) only show a blank window with Xmonad. A workaround is to change the window manager's name. See also XMonad.Hooks.SetWMName documentation and Xmonad#Problems with Java applications.
USB-Blaster not working
jtagconfig and depending on the output:
No JTAG hardware available
If the device is listed by
jtagd as root :
# killall -9 jtagd # jtagd
JTAG chain broken
1) USB-Blaster [3-2] Unable to read device chain - JTAG chain broken
Perform the steps under the "Linux" section in https://ecen3350.rocks/static/usb-blaster.pdf. Note that the Arch Linux path to
quartus/bin in step 3 should be as follows:
Steps 3 and 5 should also be performed with root privileges.
Another possible cause may be a missing 32-bit version of
libudev.so . provides this shared object, so make sure it is installed. (This should already be the case since it is a transitive dependency of AUR.)
If the error still persists, try installing.
Error when scanning hardware - Server error
Connecting to server(s) [........ ] Error when scanning hardware - Server error
A workaround is to edit
~/.jtagd.conf (depending on whether you want to run
jtagd as root or as an unprivileged user) to include the following line:
Password = "changeme";
Add the server afterwards:
$ jtagconfig --addserver 127.0.0.1 changeme
If problems still persist, try restarting
# killall -9 jtagd $ jtagd
Eclipse IDE for Nios II is slow or unresponsive
Failure to access library 'work'
The following error may be encountered when running a simulation in a new directory:
Error: (vcom-19) Failed to access library 'work' at "work".
This can be resolved by creating the
work directory from the ModelSim console :
ModelSim> vlib work
ModelSim may crash with the following error when trying to start a simulation:
Error: couldn't open socket: host is unreachable Trouble making server.
This can be resolved by adding
localhost as specified in Network configuration#Local network hostname resolution.