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

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Date 6/26/2023
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3.1.1. Using the Board-Aware Flow

The Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition software allows you to 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.

What is the Intel® Quartus® Prime Software Board-Aware Flow?

In the board-aware flow, you can optionally start your project from a pre-verified design example (rather than an empty project) and target a specific Intel FPGA development board. You can also create appropriate IP presets to target the specific board. The Intel® Quartus® Prime Platform Designer system integration tool is also board-aware, allowing you to automatically set pin assignments and export appropriate system interfaces for the target board.

The board-aware flow simplifies the application of appropriate parameters and pin assignments for the instantiated IP in your project, thereby reducing the chance of configuration errors. You can also save and reuse your preferred and verified board and IP configurations for use in other projects that target the same IP or board.

The board-aware flow helps to ensure the proper hand-off, consistency, and reuse of configuration options across multiple projects, developers, and boards.

Note: To define new boards and IP preset files in Platform Designer, refer to Intel Quartus Prime Pro Edition User Guide: Platform Designer and AN 988: Using the Board-Aware Flow in the Intel Quartus Prime Pro Edition Software.