4.3. Plan for the Target Device or Board
Alternatively, you can create a system that targets a specific development board, rather than only targeting a specific FPGA device. When you target a specific development board, the Intel® Quartus® Prime software is aware of the target board (board-aware) which accelerates the process of appropriately configuring, connecting, and validating IP for the target board. Refer to Using the Board-Aware Flow for details.
Device and Board Selection Guidelines
- Refer to the Product Selector tool on the Intel® website to quickly find and compare the specifications and features of Intel® FPGA devices and development kits.
- Once you identify the target device family, refer to the device family documentation for detailed device characteristics. View a summary of each device's resources by selecting a device in the Device dialog box (Assignments > Device)
- Consider whether the device family meets any requirements you have for high-speed transceivers, global or regional clock networks, and the number of phase-locked loops (PLLs)
- Consider the density requirements of your design. Devices with more logic resources and higher I/O counts can implement larger and more complex designs, but at a higher cost. Smaller devices use lower static power. Select a device larger than what your design requires if you may want to add more logic later in the design cycle, or to reserve logic and memory for on-chip debugging.
- Consider requirements for types of dedicated logic blocks, such as memory blocks of different sizes, or digital signal processing (DSP) blocks to implement certain arithmetic functions.
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