Would somebody please direct me to a forum thatknows about Gerber files... BAK Backup file for PCB layout BMK Bottom mask gerber file BOT Bottom layer gerber file BPS Bottom paste gerber file BSK Bottom silk gerber file drl N/C drill format file gnd Ground plane gerber file Accel PCB layout file from ACCEL software pcb Layout file from the ACCEL layout tool TMK Top mask gerber file TOP Top layer gerber file TPS Top paste gerber file TSK Top silk gerber file VCCINT VCCINT plane gerber file VCCIO VCCIO plane gerber file.... I am trying to run the Quartus software.... With this as input?????
Gerber files are generated by software tools that were used to design a pcb.these files are sent to the pcb manufacture to produce the pcb. quartus is used as a tool to generate files that decrive the behavioral of an altera device that is mounted on such a pcb. the only point where both worlds, the gerber and altera, are getting in contact via a schematic entry as a top level or pcb direct entry (but who would do that with up to 1000 pads?). to define the connection between signals on the pcb and the altera device. pcb design tools, like altium designer, handle such an interface automatically with pinswapping and fpga device or manufacture swapping automatically.
Wow you do know your stuff... I am amazed at the size and scope ofAltera/Quartus... Can you answer me one question....I have reviewed the file types within the Quartus II software: and they are the following: .vhd, .ddb, .dxf, .dqs, .ref, .hpp, .cpp, .cdb, .rdb, .cbl, .sci, .options, .tcl, .tmf, .ipx, .hsd, .pkg, .lmf, .itk, .oaw, .xsd, .ttf, .rbf, .jbc, .svf, .jam, .hexout, .maxplus2, .logic, .tpl, .dacr, .pll, ..etc..etc... A project file in Quartus has these file extensions: .fsf, .tdf, .cmp, .rpt, .ssf, .qws, .psf, .pin, .eqn, .csf, etc..etc.. and the Gerber file extensions: .tsk, .bmk, .bot, .bps, .bsk, .drl, .gnd, .pcb, .tmk, .top, .tps....etc... I realize that the file extensions above are for a lot of different processes... I am sure you would recognize a lot of them... .tcl, .cpp, .dxf ...some linux extensions, some scripting languages (perl)... I am not an electrical engineer... I have a computer science degree and math degree... I want to understand the logic behind Altera/Quartus... In simple terms: a standard motherboard... has power supply, electronic components, I/O devices, chips, memory, intel, amd, etc...pin placements, etc... It would seem the Gerber extensions has the electronic structure for the motherboards....I don't see how Altera has a totally different structure... Is this the Bill Gates syndrome... All over again... An electronic structure built around Altera/Quartus???? Where does Gerber fit in ???? Please forgive my stupidy on this... I want to understand how they have integrated the design process in creating/making the motherboards ???? From concept to final product...
this is a complex question you have.but this forum is about the altera tools and design needed just for the devices mounted on the pcb not a complete system. maybe a different comparision. you are using a pen to write something down on a paper, the pen is your tool like altera quartus, but it is not used to plant the trees and make paper out of it. thats a different process (and forum) as you have a computer science degree then you know compilers, altera quartus is a compiler that makes out of some files describing the behavioral of a functionality some files that can be used to be downloaded into altera devices mounted on pcbs. or from a compiler point of view, same as like for example microsoft visual studio does it takes some source files and generates an executable file that runs on your pc. same for altera tools. hope you understood and it has answered your questions.
Thanks for your reply... Why do they have to compile this PCB ...don't understand that one... Does Gerber have a PCB file??? I should look into the makeup of a PCB... How long have you been using Quartus by the way ???? Does it do the job ??? Would a motherboard designer even use this software ??? What documents do they send to the guy who makes the board???? Output from what software.... I thought the guy who makes the boards only gets Gerber... So, Altera is only one small piece of the puzzle... The company who etches the electronic circuity in copper, what documents does he use ???? Have you ever had a board designed and made ??? thanks for your time... I just need toknow what I have to send to the final guy who puts all the components together... Getting confused in the process...
what would be a programmable device...dvd, cd, usb, printer ???? cell phone ??? This Quartus package seems to be very complex for a programmable device... don't u think... It is kind of overkill... Who is Altera's competitors... Have u used this software to develop something for your company ????? Would be interested in knowing that.... If you have time ????
i just wonder that somebody with a computer science degree and math degree asks if a printer or cell phone would be a programmable device ...theoreticaly, interesting and fascinating train of thoughts comes into my mind ... but off topic