Quartus® Prime Pro Edition User Guide: Design Optimization

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Date 4/01/2024
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2.8. Cross-Probing to the Netlist Viewers from Other Quartus® Prime Windows

You can cross-probe to the RTL Viewer and Technology Map Viewer from other windows in the Quartus® Prime software. You can select one or more nodes or nets in another window and locate them in one of the Netlist Viewers.

You can locate nodes between the RTL Viewer and Technology Map Viewer, and you can locate nodes in the RTL Viewer and Technology Map Viewer from the following Quartus® Prime software windows:

  • Project Navigator
  • Chip Planner
  • Resource Property Editor
  • Node Finder
  • Assignment Editor
  • Messages Window
  • Compilation Report
  • Timing Analyzer (supports the Technology Map Viewer only)

To locate elements in the Netlist Viewer from another Quartus® Prime window, select the node or nodes in the appropriate window; for example, select an entity in the Entity list on the Hierarchy tab in the Project Navigator, or select nodes in the Timing Closure Floorplan, or select node names in the From or To column in the Assignment Editor. Next, right-click the selected object, point to Locate, and click Locate in RTL Viewer or Locate in Technology Map Viewer. After you click this command, the Netlist Viewer opens, or is brought to the foreground if the Netlist Viewer is open. In addition, the Locate history pane displays a list of the items that you locate. Use the Locate history pane to easily rerun cross-probing directly within the RTL Viewer or Technology Map Viewer. The Show located objects in new tab option always displays the found items in a new tab, as Netlist Viewer User Interface describes.

Figure 18. Locate History Pane
Note: The first time the window opens after a compilation, the preprocessor stage runs before the Netlist Viewer opens.

The Netlist Viewer shows the selected nodes and, if applicable, the connections between the nodes. The display is similar to what you see if you right-click the object, then click Filter > Selected Nodes using Filter across hierarchy. If the nodes cannot be found in the Netlist Viewer, a message box displays the message: Can’t find requested location.