Create Fastest FPGA Designs with Altera Quartus II Software v13.0

Altera Quartus II software v13.0

Altera released version 13.0 of their Quartus II software. Quartus II v13 enables designs targeting Stratix V FPGAs to achieve the fastest Fmax of any FPGA in the industry with a two speed-grade advantage over the nearest competitor. Both the Subscription Edition and the free Web Edition of Quartus II software v13.0 are now available for download.

Altera Quartus II software version 13 offers the highest levels of FPGA and SoC performance and designer productivity. With Quartus II v13.0, engineers targeting 28nm FPGAs and SoCs will experience on average a 25% reduction in compile times. The most difficult-to-close designs targeting high-end 28nm Stratix V FPGAs will see compilation times slashed by 50% on average compared to the previous software release.

Altera Quartus II v13 Features

  • An average of 25% faster compilation
  • Improvements in multicore compilation support
  • Fitter improvements that unlock the fastest silicon performance in the industry
  • Higher logic packing capability than our nearest competitor
  • Production release of the Altera SDK for OpenCL
  • Enhancements to the Qsys system integration tool
  • Supports the ARM TrustZone technology plus Advanced Peripheral Bus (APB) and High-Performance Bus (AHB)
  • Support for VHDL bus functional models (BFMs)
  • Enhancements to Transceiver Toolkit
  • Bit error checking for Stratix V FPGAs
  • Ability to measure and report the data rates of each active transceiver channel
  • Enhancements to the SignalTap II logic analyzer
  • Ability to change basic trigger operations without recompiling
  • Cross-triggering from an Altera SoC hard processor system (HPS) event
  • Programmer Object File (POF) support for most 28 nm devices
  • Simplified process for upgrading IP cores
  • Simplified software and device family installation with the new installer

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