Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition User Guide: Getting Started

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Date 12/12/2022

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4.1. Design Planning

Design planning is an essential step in advanced FPGA design. System architects must consider the target device characteristics in order to plan for interface I/O, integration of IP, on-chip debugging tools, and use of other EDA tools.
Designers must consider device power consumption and programming methods when planning the layout. You can solve potential problems early in the design cycle by following the design planning considerations in this chapter.

By default, the Intel® Quartus® Prime software optimizes designs for the best overall results; however, you can adjust settings to better optimize one aspect of your design, such as performance, routability, area, or power utilization. Consider your own design priorities and trade-offs when reviewing the techniques in this chapter. For example, certain device features, density, and performance requirements can increase system cost. Signal integrity and board issues can impact I/O pin locations. Power, timing performance, and area utilization all affect one another. Compilation time is affected when optimizing these priorities.

Determining your design priorities early on helps you to choose the best device, tools, features, and methodologies for your design.