2.1. Installation and Licensing of IP Cores
The Altera IP Library is distributed with the Intel® Quartus® Prime software and downloadable from the Altera website.
The following figure shows the directory structure after you install an Altera IP core, where <path> is the installation directory. The default installation directory on Windows is C:\altera\<version number>; on Linux it is /opt/altera<version number>.
You can evaluate an IP core in simulation and in hardware until you are satisfied with its functionality and performance. Some IP cores require that you purchase a license for the IP core when you want to take your design to production. After you purchase a license for an Altera IP core, you can request a license file from the Altera Licensing page of the Altera website and install the license on your computer. For additional information, refer to Altera Software Installation and Licensing.
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