AN 556: Using the Design Security Features in Intel FPGAs

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Date 5/21/2021
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Programming Single-Device Volatile or Non-Volatile Key using Intel® Quartus® Prime Software

To perform single-device volatile or non-volatile key programming using the Intel® Quartus® Prime software through the Intel® FPGA Ethernet Cable, follow these steps:
  1. Check the firmware version of the Intel® FPGA Ethernet Cable. Verify that the JTAG firmware build are up-to-date.
    Note: Refer to the Cable and Adapter driver page to find the latest Intel® FPGA Ethernet Cable firmware build version.
  2. Start the Intel® Quartus® Prime software.
  3. On the Tools menu, click Programmer. The Programmer dialog box appears.
  4. In the Mode list, select JTAG as the programming mode.
  5. Click Hardware Setup. The Hardware Setup dialog box appears.
    1. In the Currently selected hardware list, select Intel® FPGA Ethernet Cable as the programming hardware.
    2. Click Done.
  6. Click Add File. The Select Programmer File dialog box appears.
    1. Type <filename>.ekp in the File name field.
    2. Click Open.
  7. Highlight the .ekp file you added and click Program/Configure.
  8. On the Tools menu, click Options. The Options dialog box appears.
  9. In the Category list, click Programmer. You can choose to turn on or turn off the Configure volatile design security key option to perform volatile or non-volatile key programming.
  10. Click OK to close the Options dialog box.
  11. Click Start to program the key.
    Note: The Intel® Quartus® Prime software message window provides information about the success or failure of the key programming operation.

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