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Abram Terentyev
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Intel® Quartus® Prime Software: The Best FPGA Design Environment



  • Now you are ready to download your design on to the development board: Perform Pin Assignments: First download the pin assignment (.qsf) file by right-clicking here and saving this file in your project folder or somewhere you can find it. Select "Assignments" -> "Import Assignments...". Click the three dots after "File name", then navigate to the "qsf" file you just download, select it and press "OK" If you click Assignments->Assignment Editor, you will see that there are many things you can connect to besides the switches (SW[]) and seven segment displays (HEX0[] through HEX5[]). The buttons and leds are the easiest to figure out what they are. Connect the development board to the host computer by means of a USB cable plugged into the USB-Blaster port. Turn on the power to the development board (red button). Ensure that the RUN/PROG switch is in the RUN position (up).

  • You may see a warning saying the "Device drive software was not successfully installed". In that case go to your Control Panel -> "Hardware and Sound" -> "Device Manager". Double click the entry labeled "USB-Blaster". Right click and then "Update the driver". To find the driver navigate to "C:\intelFPGA_lite\18.1\quartus\drivers"

  • Select Tools -> Programmer.

  • Make sure the "Hardware Setup" says "USB-Blaster" (you must have it plugged in)

  • Click the Start button to program

  • After the device is programmed demonstrate its proper operation to the lab assistant


Run the downloaded executable and follow the guidelines. Install all components, including the board cable drivers. I suggest to use a common directory to install tools. On Windows I use c:/intelFPGA_lite/18.1. Let the program run to completion. Proceed with the installation of optional drivers. You now have the Quartus synthesis environment installed.




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Run the downloaded executable and follow the guidelines. You can install the environment in a subdirectory of your Quartus Prime environment. On Windows I use c:/intelFPGA/lite/18.1/embedded. Let the program run to completion. Proceed with the installation of optional drivers. You can skip installation of DS-5; we will cover this in a later Homework.


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