Quartus® Prime Pro Edition User Guide: PCB Design Tools

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Date 4/01/2024
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3.1.2. Creating Schematic Symbols in DxDesigner

You can create schematic symbols in the DxDesigner software manually or with the Symbol wizard. The DxDesigner Symbol wizard is similar to the I/O Designer Symbol wizard, but with fewer fracturing options. The DxDesigner Symbol wizard creates, fractures, and edits FPGA symbols based on the specified Intel FPGA device. To create a symbol with the Symbol wizard, follow these steps;
  1. Start the DxDesigner software.
  2. Click Symbol Wizard in the toolbar.
  3. Type the new symbol name in the name field and click OK.
  4. Specify creation of a new symbol or modification of an existing symbol. To modify an existing symbol, specify the library path or alias, and select the existing symbol. To create a new symbol, select DxBoardLink for the symbol source. The DxDesigner block type defaults to Module because the FPGA design does not have an underlying DxDesigner schematic. Choose whether or not to fracture the symbol. Click Next.
  5. Type a name for the symbol, an overall part name for all the symbol fractures, and a library name for the new library created for this symbol. By default, the part and library names are the same as the symbol name. Click Next.
  6. Specify the appearance of the generated symbol in your DxDesigner project schematic. After making your selections. Click Next.
  7. In the FPGA vendor list, select Intel Quartus. In the Pin-Out file to import field, select the .pin from your Quartus® Prime project directory. You can also specify Fracturing Scheme, Bus pin, and Power pin options. Click Next.
  8. Select to create or modify symbol attributes for use in the DxDesigner software. Click Next.
  9. On the Pin Settings page, make any final adjustments to pin and label location and information. Each tabbed spreadsheet represents a fracture of your symbol. Click Save Symbol.
    After creating the symbol, you can examine and place any fracture of the symbol in your schematic. You can locate separate files of all the fractures you created in the library you specified or created in the /sym directory in your DxDesigner project. You can add the symbols to your schematics or you can manually edit the symbols or with the Symbol wizard.