I want to use an USB Blaster cable for rapid FPGA prototyping on the MPS2+.
The cables differ very much in price. Is it recommended to buy an original Altera for over 200 Euro or can I use a cheaper nonamee one?
Could you please recommend a cable and an distributor (I am living in Germany) ?
yes I know. But programming with the USB blaster is more convenient because it can be done without leaving Quartus. A second reason is that I want to encrypt the bit stream and for that I must write the encryption key via the JTAG interface.
I don't know the answer regarding purchasing of USB Blaster from Germany. However, the following discussion might be useful:
Well, that's also a post started by myself :-)I think, I will invest about 200 Euro and buy an original Altera USB II blaster. I will post here, if its working fine or not.
Ooops, sorry! I didn't spot that you were the person who asked the other question. :-)
You can get similar cable from Terasic. I think it is 50USD.
I have used that cable to configure my custom M3 port on Altera FPGA board.
For many Altera old boards you can buy a cheap JTAG cable from Amazon or Aliexpress. It costs 5$. You can see how it works in this Altera Quartus tutorial.