Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition User Guide: Design Optimization

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Date 10/04/2021

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5.5.10. Metastability Analysis and Optimization Techniques

Metastability problems can occur when a signal is transferred between circuitry in unrelated or asynchronous clock domains, because the designer cannot guarantee that the signal meets its setup and hold time requirements. The mean time between failures (MTBF) is an estimate of the average time between instances when metastability could cause a design failure.

You can use the Intel® Quartus® Prime software to analyze the average MTBF due to metastability when a design synchronizes asynchronous signals and to optimize the design to improve the MTBF. These metastability features are supported only for designs constrained with the Timing Analyzer, and for select device families.

If the MTBF of your design is low, refer to the Metastability Optimization section in the Timing Optimization Advisor, which suggests various settings that can help optimize your design in terms of metastability.