Cable and Adapter Drivers Information

Some Intel® products require drivers. You must set up the correct drivers before using those products. For example, to use an Intel download cable or programming unit to program devices with the Intel® Quartus® Prime software, you must first set up the correct driver.

Note: Some cable drivers are not available for download on this page. They are available after you install the Intel Quartus Prime software in the <Quartus Prime Installation Directory>\drivers directory.

Table 1 provides driver installation and set-up procedures for the Windows* versions of the Intel Quartus Prime software. Table 2 provides driver set-up procedures for Linux* and UNIX* versions.

Drivers for the legacy MAX+PLUS® II software are included with the software setup.

Product

Windows 10/ Windows 8/ Windows 7/ Windows Vista (32-/64-Bit)

Windows XP (32-/64-Bit)

Windows NT

Windows 2000

Windows 98

EthernetBlaster cable
EthernetBlaster Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)

Upgrade firmware

Upgrade firmware

Upgrade firmware

Upgrade firmware

Upgrade firmware

EthernetBlaster II cable
EthernetBlaster II Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)

Upgrade firmware

Upgrade firmware

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Intel® FPGA Download Cable 
Intel FPGA Download Cable User Guide (PDF)

Install driver

Install driver

Not supported

Install driver

Not supported

Intel FPGA Download Cable II
Intel Download Cable II User Guide (PDF)

Install driver

Install driver3

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

ByteBlaster II cable
ByteBlaster II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)

Install driver2

Install driver2

Install driver

Install driver

Not supported

ByteBlasterMV cable (discontinued)
ByteBlasterMV Download Cable User Guide (PDF)

Install driver2

Install driver2

Install driver

Install driver

Intel Quartus development software setup
MAX+PLUS II software setup

MasterBlaster cable (USB port) (discontinued)
MasterBlaster Serial/USB Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)

Install driver

Install driver

Not supported

Install driver

Install driver

MasterBlaster cable (serial port) (discontinued)
MasterBlaster Serial/USB Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)

Intel Quartus development software setup
MAX+PLUS II software setup

Master programming unit
(MPU and LP6 card) (discontinued)

Install driver

Install driver

Install driver

Install driver

MAX+PLUS II software setup

Altera programming unit (USB port)

Install driver

Install driver

Not supported

Install driver

Install driver

BitBlaster cable (discontinued)
BitBlaster Serial Download Cable (PDF) data sheet

MAX+PLUS II software setup

T-guard/dongle

Install driver

No driver required4

Notes:

  1. Windows ME, Windows 95, and Windows 3.X operating systems are not supported by current versions of Intel software, and Intel does not provide drivers for programming hardware for those versions of Windows.
  2. Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit) and Windows XP (64 bit) operating systems do not support ByteBlaster cables.
  3. To use the Intel FPGA Download Cable II on Windows XP, you must update Windows XP to SP2 or later.
  4. A driver is required if the T-guard is connected to a parallel port other than LPT1. (Get additional information.)

Table 2. Linux and UNIX Driver Information for Intel FPGA Hardware

Product

Linux (32-/64-Bit)

Solaris

HP-UX

EthernetBlaster cable
EthernetBlaster Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)

Upgrade firmware

Upgrade firmware

Upgrade firmware

EthernetBlaster II cable
EthernetBlaster II Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)

Upgrade firmware

Not supported

Not supported

Intel FPGA Download Cable
Intel FPGA Download Cable User Guide (PDF)

Set port permissions

Not supported

Not supported

Intel FPGA Download Cable II

Set port permissions

Not supported

Not supported

ByteBlaster II cable
ByteBlaster II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)

Set port permissions

Not supported

Not supported

ByteBlasterMV cable (discontinued)
ByteBlasterMV Download Cable User Guide (PDF)

Set port permissions

Not supported

Not supported

MasterBlaster cable (USB port)
MasterBlaster Serial/USB Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

MasterBlaster cable (serial port) (discontinued)
MasterBlaster Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)

Intel Quartus development software setup
MAX+PLUS II software setup

Master programming unit (MPU and LP6 card) (discontinued)

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Altera programming unit (USB port) (discontinued)

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

BitBlaster cable (discontinued)
BitBlaster Serial Download Cable (PDF) data sheet

MAX+PLUS II software setup

T-guard/dongle

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported