FAQ: Is Quartus Prime Partial Reconfiguration license required to customize/build Arm DesignStart FPGA image?

Older versions of Cortex-M0 DesignStart required obtaining an Intel® Altera® Quartus Prime partial reconfiguration license. However this is no longer necessary with the latest DesignStart packages. See below for further information.

Cortex-M0 DesignStart AN387 for AT510-r1p0

For the Cortex-M0 DesignStart delivered as Application Note AN387 in the MPS2 Board deliverables, the customization process relies on technology supplied by Altera’s Quartus FPGA design tool called Partial Reconfiguration. To build the FPGA files for this version of DesignStart, the user requires access to Intel Altera Quartus Prime Standard Edition version 15.1 and needs an additional partial reconfiguration feature license (available free from Arm).

Cortex-M0 DesignStart Eval (AT510) r2p0-00rel0

The latest Cortex-M0 DesignStart and Cortex-M3 DesignStart do not use the partial reconfiguration technology, so the feature license is not required. FPGA configuration and image build for the latest versions of DesignStart can be achieved using the latest free Quartus Prime Lite edition.

The latest DesignStart Evaluation packages can be accessed below:

DesignStart Evaluation packages

Quartus Prime Lite Edition can be downloaded using the button below. DesignStart Users require the Cyclone V device components in order to build for the MPS2+ board.

Quartus Prime Lite Edition Download