VHDL Output File (.vho) Definition

A Very High Speed Integrated Circuit (VHSIC) Hardware Description Language (VHDL) standard netlist file (with the extension .vho) that is generated by the Intel® Quartus® Prime Compiler.

The Intel® Quartus® Prime Compiler can generate several types of VHDL Output Files, one type for each particular EDA tool. VHDL Output Files can be generated for simulation tools and timing analysis tools. The VHDL Output File cannot be compiled with the Intel® Quartus® Prime Compiler.

You can specify that the Compiler generates a VHDL Output File after successful compilation by selecting the name of the specific VHDL simulation or timing analysis tool or by selecting Custom VHDL from the Tool name list and specifying options in the Simulation page of the Settings dialog box.

You can also generate a VHDL Output File by using the Start EDA Netlist Writer command. You can use this command if you have already compiled the design and want to change the EDA tool settings and generate a VHDL Output File for another EDA tool.

The Compiler places the generated VHDL Output File into a tool-specific directory within the current project directory by default. For EDA simulation tools, the VHDL Output File is placed in the /<project directory>/simulation/<EDA simulation tool> directory. If you select Custom VHDL for simulation or timing analysis, the VHDL Output File is placed in the /<project directory>/simulation/custom directory or /<project directory>/timing/custom directory, respectively.

The file name of the VHDL Output File is the top-level design entity name with a .vho extension.