Article ID: 000083342 Content Type: Troubleshooting Last Reviewed: 09/11/2012

Are there incorrect GND* pins in the EP2SGX130GF1508 pin-out file created by the Quartus II software version 6.0 SP1?



Yes, the pin-out file (.pin) created by the Quartus® II software versions 6.0 and 6.0 SP1 incorrectly lists many dedicated ground (GND) pins as GND* for the EP2SGX130F1508 device. 

This problem has been fixed beginning with the Quartus II software version 6.1.

In versions 6.0 and 6.0 SP1, the GND label in the Pin Name/Usage column of the .pin file indicates a dedicated ground pin or unused dedicated input, which must be connected to ground. GND* indicates an unused I/O pin that drives out.

To find the GND* pins that are supposed to be dedicated GND pins, use the Dir. (direction) column of the pin-out file.  Dedicated GND pins appear as gnd in the Dir. column.  The GND* pins that have an empty entry in the Dir. column are available as user I/O pins or programmable power/ground pins, and are not dedicated ground pins. 

You can also cross reference your pin-out file with the EP2SGX130 pin lists available on

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