Altera Launches Quartus II Software Version 12.0, Now Four Times Faster

Altera Quartus II Software Version 12.0

Altera rolled out version 12 of their Quartus II development software for FPGA design. Quartus II software v12.0 offers faster compile times (up to four times faster), expanded device support (such as Altera’s SoC FPGAs), enhanced Qsys system integration and DSP Builder tools, and improved intellectual property (IP) core offerings. The Subscription Edition and the free Web Edition of Quartus II software version 12.0 are now available for download. The annual software subscription costs $2,995 for a node-locked PC license.

Quartus II Design Suite v12.0 offers the industry compile times. The tool can reduce compile times by 35% for designs based on the Stratix V FPGA. For the Cyclone V and Arria V FPGAs, the development software can reduce compile times by 25%.

Quartus II software 12.0 includes support for additional FPGA devices. New support includes:

  • Programming support for Stratix V GX and Stratix V GS production devices (5SGXA7, 5SGXA4, 5SGXA3, 5SGXA5, 5SGSD5, 5SGSD4)
  • Programming support for Stratix V GT FPGA (5SGTC5)
  • Device support for the largest Arria V GT FPGA (5AGTD7 with final pin-out)
  • Device support for Cyclone V FPGAs (5CEA7, 5CGTD7, 5CEA9, 5CGXC9, 5CGTD9)
  • Compilation support for Cyclone V SX SoC FPGA (5CSXFC6D6)

Quartus II Design Suite v12 Features

  • Reduces compile times by up to 35% compared to previous software release
  • Expanded support for 28nm FPGAs, including initial support for Altera’s SoC FPGAs
  • Supports the ARM AMBA AXI-3 interface in the Qsys system integration tool
  • New digital signal processing support with DSP Builder v12.0
  • Communicates with DDR memories from MATLAB via System Console
  • Uses new floating-point functions for improved design productivity and greater DSP efficiency
  • Improved Video and Image Processing (VIP) Suite and Video Interface IP
  • Updated Scaler II MegaCore function with edge-adaptive algorithm
  • New Avalon Streaming (Avalon-ST) Video Monitor and Trace System IP cores
  • Enhanced Transceiver Design and Verification
  • Updated transceiver toolkit support for Arria V FPGAs
  • Supports higher speed transceiver data rates (up to 14.1 Gbps in Stratix V FPGAs)

More info: Altera Quartus II Software Version 12.0