Intel® Quartus® Prime Standard Edition User Guide: Third-party Simulation

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Date 11/07/2022

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1.4. Simulation Flows

The Intel® Quartus® Prime software supports various simulation flows.
Table 4.  Simulation Flows
Simulation Flow Description
Scripted Simulation Flows Scripted simulation supports custom control of all aspects of simulation, such as custom compilation commands, or multipass simulation flows. Use a version-independent top-level simulation script that "sources" Intel® Quartus® Prime-generated IP simulation setup scripts. The Intel® Quartus® Prime software generates a combined simulator setup script for all IP cores, for each supported simulator.
NativeLink Simulation Flow NativeLink automates Intel® Quartus® Prime integration with your EDA simulator. Setup NativeLink to generate simulation scripts, compile simulation libraries, and automatically launch your simulator following design compilation. Specify your own compilation, elaboration, and simulation scripts for testbench and simulation model files. Do not use NativeLink if you require direct control over every aspect of simulation.
Note: The Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition software does not support NativeLink simulation.
Specialized Simulation Flows Supports specialized simulation flows for specific design variations, including the following:
  • For simulation of example designs, refer to the documentation for the example design or to the IP core user guide.
  • For simulation of Platform Designer designs, refer to Creating a System with Platform Designer (Standard) or Creating a System with Platform Designer .
    Note: The simulation setup script generated by Platform Designer requires tclsh version of 8.5 or higher.
  • For simulation of designs that include the Nios® II embedded processor, refer to Simulating a Nios® II Embedded Processor.