Quartus II Installation


Step 1: Download “Quartus II Web Edition Software”
 A: Navigate to https://www.altera.com/download/software/quartus-ii-we


B: Choose “Download Windows Version” and click “Continue Download” when it appears.

 C: You will be prompted to Sign In, Create an account, or Get One Time Access which will ask for your email.  Don’t worry you can choose not to receive spam.  I suggest creating an account as you will have access to the Altera forum among other benefits.

 D: Upon passing the sign-in/registration process, you will proceed with the installer download.  Save to a location of your preference.

Step 2: Running the Installer

 A: Run altera_installer.external.exe

 B: Click “Next” after the intro, read the “End User Agreement”, click the agree box and click next.

 C: Assuming you are performing this installation via the internet, check the “Download installation files from the internet.”  The files have yet to be downloaded; You will have the choice to tune your installation to get exactly the tools you want and reduce the installation size.  If applicable, configure your proxy settings.  If you are unfamiliar with proxy settings most likely they do not apply to you.  If you are working on a machine other than your own, contact your sys admin.

  Click “Next” and Quartus will test your internet connection.
D: Next you will be prompted to select your installation directory.  Notice that Altera has chosen C:\Altera\XX.X to be the installation directory.  Select your temporary installation directory of choice, the default works fine.  “Select remove saved installation files after completion” if you are disk-space conscious.  Define your preferred Program Folder, Altera is the default.  Click Next.

E: We will assume that you are installing the free version of Quartus II and have not purchased the professional version.  Check the box next to “Quartus II Web Edition Software (Free) and make sure the line above it (the professional version) is not checked. 

If you know how or are interested in learning to test bench your designs, check the box next to “Model-Sim Altera Starter Edition (Free).  Due to the simple nature of the Amani 64, test benching may not be necessary.  If you are low on disk space and are not interested in simulations, uncheck this box.

  The next three boxes (Modelsim (paid), Nios II, and DSP Builder) should remain unchecked as they do not apply to the Amani 64 and are not free.

  One final option is to simply check the final box and uncheck the rest.  This will install the Quartus II programmer only, which is 491MB.  This will allow you to load pre-packaged programming files (.pof), downloadable from the Amani 64 website, third-party vendors, or from user-groups.  You will not, however, be able to create your own custom designs or customize existing designs to your specific application.  If you do not plan on developing your own content, and I highly encourage you do develop your own, then choose this option only.

  With Modelsim, the installation will be 7446MB.  Without, 5139MB.  You can further reduce your installation size by removing the device libraries that you do not plan to use.  The Amani 64 ships with an EPM3064ALC44, a member of the MAX3000A family.  If you want the bare minimum installation uncheck all other libraries and check this one alone.  This is the minimum configuration needed to develop content for the Amani.  3178MB  I suggest that you check all the MAX family libraries, specifically the MAX7000S.  These devices are interchangeable with EPM3064 provided you choose a chip that is PLCC-44 in order to fit in the socket.  For example the EPM7064SLCC44 is pin for pin compatible with the default Amani chip but is a 5V technology instead of 3.3V.

You can always come back later, rerun the installation software, and add those features and libraries you need that you didn’t install previously.

 F: Upon customizing your installation, click next and you will see the confirmation screen of the previous selections that you have made.  Double check and proceed.

Step 3: Auto Installation

 A:  By now your installer is loading the features you selected on your machine.  There are two stages to this process: download and installation. Provided you are not using dial-up, this shouldn’t take too long.  In this example I have selected QuartusII and Modelsim, with the MAX and Cyclone I and II families.  Expect this automated process to take a bit over 30 minutes. Upon completion you may start Quartus II.

3 comments on “Quartus II Installation
  1. Thanks Craig! How was your Linux installation process? Difficult? Which version of Linux are you running?

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