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A Beginner's Guide to MAX+plus II Author: Jacinda Clemenzi - Last Updated: December 20, 2001 Last Revised: Frank Honoré - January 23, 2004 The purpose of this guide is to provide a tutorial that will help you to become familiar with how to use the software provided by Altera to edit Verilog, simulate designs, and program the FLEX 10K FPGA devices. It will be assumed that you have a basic understanding of Verilog. Skip to the end of this document for a QUICK REFERENCE Altera provides a software package for programming their devices. This package is called MAX+plus II which is available on the PCs in the Digital Lab. Launch MAX+plus II by clicking on the Desktop icon. In addition MAX+plus II can be run on certain Sun Ultra machines running Solaris 8. MAX+plus II is a fairly complete software package. It provides an editor, compiler, programmer, waveform generator, and simulator. Each of these functions can be chosen from the MAX+plus II menu option. This guide gives a walk-through of the different steps necessary to program a device. At the end is a step-by-step tutorial with an example project. Starting a Project Working with Verilog Files Configuring the Device Compiling Viewing the Report Assigning Pinout WARNING - BURNOUT Simulation Programming Tutorial: A Simple Example Appendix: Differences between MAX+plus II and Warp Starting a Project A project consists of all the files necessary to program one device. MAX+plus II works with one project at a time. When you first open MAX+plus II you will have to create a project. The name of the project must be the name of the top level Verilog file. The
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recommended method for starting a new project is to open an existing top level Verilog file or create a new one through the File menu option: File > New. .. or File > Open. .. Then set the name of the project to the current file by doing the following: File > Project > Set Project Name to Current File It is easy to change the name of the project and top level file at any time in the future. All of the components you call in your top level Verilog file need only to be in the same directory for the compiler to find them. When you open MAX+plus II next time, it will automatically load the last project. Working With Verilog Files MAX+plus II provides an editor that uses color coding much like Emacs. When you open a Verilog file in MAX+plus II it is the default editor. You can access it directly through the MAX+plus II menu option. You may use any editor to modify files. XEmacs is provided on the Lab PCs. Configuring the Device Once you have defined a project, you will need to configure the device. Assign > Device. .. Now select the FLEX 10K device from the pull-down menu. This will give you a number of selections in the Devices scroll menu. For this tutorial choose EPF10K10LC84-3. (If you later use the right hand chip, choose EPF10K70RC240-2.) From this same window click the Device Options button. From the pull-down menu next to the keyword Configuration Device under Device Options select EPC2LC20. Compiling
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