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

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Date 4/03/2023

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3.6. Managing Timing Constraints

Apply appropriate timing constraints to correctly optimize fitting and analyze timing for your design.
The Fitter optimizes the placement of logic in the device to meet your specified timing and routing constraints.
Timing Analyzer

Specify timing constraints in the Timing Analyzer (Tools > Timing Analyzer), or in an .sdc file. Specify constraints for clock characteristics, timing exceptions, and external signal setup and hold times before running analysis. The Timing Analyzer reports detailed information about the performance of your design compared with constraints in the Compilation Report panel.

Save the constraints you specify in the GUI in an industry-standard Synopsys Design Constraints File (.sdc). You can subsequently edit the text-based .sdc file directly. If you refer to multiple .sdc files in a parent .sdc file, the Timing Analyzer reads the .sdc files in the order you list.