3.2.1. Intel® FPGA IP Evaluation Mode Timeout Behavior
For IP cores, the untethered time-out is one hour; the tethered time-out value is indefinite. Your design stops working after the hardware evaluation time expires. The Intel® Quartus® Prime software uses Intel® FPGA IP Evaluation Mode Files (.ocp) in your project directory to identify your use of the Intel® FPGA IP Evaluation Mode evaluation program. After you activate the feature, do not delete these files.
When the evaluation time expires, the link_up signal goes low.