The avl_burstbegin signal is part of our Avalon-MM specification; it is used to indicate a start of burst transaction.
Prior to Quartus® II software version 11.0, the avl_burstbegin signal was used by DDR2 and DDR3 SDRAM controller to detect new Avalon burst commands.
But after Quartus II software version 11.0, there were changes made in the architecture of the DDR2 and DDR3 SDRAM controller. In this new architecture, avl_burstbegin signal is not being used to detect incoming Avalon burst commands.
To support backward compatibility of Quartus II software version, Altera did not remove the avl_burstbegin signal although this signal is not required.