The Quartus® II software and MAX+PLUS® II software are Altera® tools that provide compiler, simulation, and programming capabilities. Stand-alone versions of the programmer application and features are available from both the Quartus II software, called the Quartus II Stand-Alone Programmer, and the MAX+PLUS II software, called “Altera Stand-Alone Programmer (ASAP2).” A designer without the full version of the Quartus II or MAX+PLUS II software can use the stand-alone versions of the programmer to program, verify, and examine Altera devices. The Quartus II software supports all current Altera programming hardware.
While the Quartus II software supports most of the Altera device families supported by the MAX+PLUS II software, it does not support obsolete devices or packages. Table 1 lists the devices supported by these two software tools.
|Table 1. Device Support Comparison|
|Device||Quartus II||MAX+PLUS II|
|Serial Configuration Devices|
|Enhanced Configuration Devices||(3)||(3)|
- PGA packages (represented as package type G in the ordering code) are not supported in the Quartus II software
- Some packages are not supported
- Some devices are not supported
Both the Quartus II software and the MAX+PLUS II software include software interfaces to the Altera Programming Unit (APU). The APU provides the hardware and software needed for programming Altera devices, when used with the appropriate programming adapters. Altera programming software can also be used with download cables such as USB-BlasterTM, ByteBlasterTM II, ByteBlasterMVTM or MasterBlasterTM cables.
- Quartus II Development Software Handbook
- MAX+PLUS II Programmable Logic Development System & Software Data Sheet (PDF)
- Altera Software Installation and Licensing (PDF)