IP Base Suite Questions and Answers

The following are answers to frequently asked questions about the Intel® FPGA IP Base Suite:

Q. What is the IP Base Suite?
A. The Intel FPGA IP Base Suite is a set of perpetual licenses for full-featured versions of some of the most popular Intel FPGA intellectual property (IP) cores.  See a full list of included cores.

Q. Can I get a free license to the IP Base Suite?
A. Full licenses for the entire Intel FPGA IP Base Suite come free with purchase of a license for the Intel Quartus Prime Standard Edition or Intel Quartus Prime Pro Edition software. Users of other Intel Quartus Prime software products, such as Lite Edition or Development Kit Edition, can still access Intel FPGA IP cores in the IP Base Suite by using Intel's unique hardware evaluation feature called Intel FPGA IP Evaluation Mode or by buying a license to the IP Base Suite.

Q. As an active Intel Quartus Prime software subscriber, how do I access the cores in the IP Base Suite?

A. The cores in the IP Base Suite are part of the Intel FPGA IP Library. Intel FPGA IP download and installation have been integrated with the Intel Quartus Prime software. After you have downloaded any version of the Intel Quartus Prime software from the Download Center, you can immediately begin working with all Intel FPGA IP cores including the IP Base Suite.

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Q. How do I get a license file to take advantage of the IP Base Suite?
A. If you are not a user of the Intel Quartus Prime Standard Edition or Intel Quartus Prime Pro Edition software, or if you are a user of other the Intel Quartus Prime software products, such as Lite Edition or Development Kit Edition, you can order a seat license to the Suite. After you have ordered the license, simply visit Intel’s licensing website to create or update your license file:

Q. I'm already an active Intel Quartus Prime software subscriber. Do I get the IP Base Suite?

A. Yes! You should have received licenses for each of these cores with your Intel Quartus Prime software license file. If you are unsure of your license, simply follow the instructions above, visit Intel’s licensing website, and update your license file.  

Q. How is my license to the IP Base Suite different from the Intel FPGA IP Evaluation Mode feature?
A. The free Intel FPGA IP Evaluation Mode feature allows you to generate models, simulate them using industry-standard simulators, and generate time-limited FPGA program files. You must purchase a valid license when you decide to go to full production. The free perpetual IP Base Suite licenses allow you to use the IP cores for full production purposes.

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Q. Where can I get more details about the IP Base Suite?
A. Complete details are available on Intel's IP Base Suite licenses web page.

Q. What if my Intel Quartus Prime software subscription has expired?
A. If you already downloaded a license for the IP Base Suite, you can continue to use the older core versions that were released at that time indefinitely. To use the latest IP Base Suite cores, and the new IP cores added to the IP Base Suite, you must either purchase a renewal license for the IP Base Suite (IPSR-BASE) or renew your Intel Quartus Prime software subscription.

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