4.4.4. Intellectual Property (IP) Cores Licenses
You must purchase the license and generate a full production license key before you can generate an unrestricted device programming file. During Intel® FPGA IP Evaluation Mode, the Intel® Quartus® Prime Compiler only generates a time-limited device programming file (<project name>_time_limited.sof) that expires at the time limit.
Intel® licenses IP cores on a per-seat, perpetual basis. The license fee includes first-year maintenance and support. You must renew the maintenance contract to receive updates, bug fixes, and technical support beyond the first year.
Purchase a license through your local sales office or distributor. Intel® FPGA partners can deliver third-party IP cores for evaluation with the appropriate license.