A starting place to quickly understand and use Altera products, collateral, and resources — available in a half hour Online Course or a PDF version of the training. The information is divided into 5 sections which correspond to a typical design cycle. You will learn how to find and navigate key resources available to get your design to market as fast as possible.
Information to help you select the right devices and development tools
Our literature and technical documentation section lists handbooks (that include data sheets), application notes, user guides, manuals, pin connection guidelines, pin-out files, errata sheets, release notes, reliability reports, and more. You'll find product information, like our product selector guides, end market and corporate literature, as well as documentation on our FPGA, CPLD, and ASIC devices and our development software, intellectual property (IP) cores, and technology. You can also request literature services such as subscriptions to weekly technical updates on new or changed documents, eNewsletters, and email announcements for updates on Altera® products, training, upcoming events, and more.
Product information on each Altera device series. You can use the left column navigation bar to see a summary of features and capabilities and descriptions about each device series. Or you can select a family in the series from the listings on the page. For example, you can view the About Stratix® Series page or go directly to information on the Stratix IV FPGA family.
With Altera's Product Selector tool, perform a parametric search to filter your FPGA, CPLD, and ASIC device selection, and then compare features and specifications to help select the proper device for your application.
Ready-to-use design examples to deliver efficient solutions to design problems. Use these examples to instantiate individual building blocks for use in a system design. For example, variations of external memory controller applications targeting Stratix and Cyclone® FPGA families. Additional design examples can be found as associated with application notes and user guides.
An index of complete system reference designs using Altera IP cores and tools: PCIe, SRIO, SDI, Triple-Speed Ethernet and other high-speed interfaces, memory controllers, embedded processors, and digital signal processing (DSP). Downloadable with an myAltera account.
End Market Solutions
High-level, end market solutions for automotive, computer and storage, industrial, military, wireless, broadcast, consumer, medical, test and measurement, and wireline applications.
Design embedded systems with the Quartus II development software and SOPC Builder tool. Build and simulate DSP systems using MathWorks/Simulink-to-FPGA DSP Builder design tool.
Wide range of Altera and Partner development kits to address a variety of applications. Many development kits feature a standard host interface that accepts high-speed mezzanine cards (HSMC) daughter cards. Applications include PCIe®, Ethernet, DVI, and more.
Online store for Altera devices, tools, development kits, programming hardware, and cables.
Downloads and Training
Prepare to design with Altera® products.
Download Quartus® II software tools (latest and legacy), Nios® II Embedded Design Suite, ModelSim®-Altera, intellectual property (IP), license daemons, Gerber files and PCB footprints, SPICE and IBIS models, device programming software, and more.
Get a License
Review licensing options and get a license for software, intellectual property (IP), and development kits for products you have downloaded or purchased from Altera. Requires a myAltera account to access.
Power management resources for estimating power at various stages of your design. PowerPlay EPE tools are for use before or during the design process to estimate power usage. The PowerPlay power analyzer tools are for accurate power estimation after the design is complete.
Consolidated information on all aspects of board design, including transceiver design, PDN, power dissipation and thermal management, simultaneous switching noise (SSN), PCB layout, signal integrity, JTAG debugging and configuration, external memory controllers, and more.
Device Layout Review Worksheets
Device Layout Review Worksheets are available for Altera transceiver-based devices to guide your PCB layout in following Altera’s recommendation – a great tool for your PCB layout design review. Note: These worksheets contain transceiver device specific information such as power rail voltage specifications, but they can also be used as a general guideline for non-transceiver devices in that family.
How to use incremental compilation to segment your design into logical design partitions allowing top-down and bottom up design methodologies. Save compilation time in top-down and facilitate team work in bottom-up.
Optimize a design for area and timing. Resources to help with design optimization, physical synthesis, and the Design Space Explorer (DSE).