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Correct software for developing/modifying EP910 Design?

EP910
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I'm resurrecting a design from 20+ years ago, as a customer wants a timing modification.  This means developing a new program for an Altera EP910.  Originally we used MAX+PLUS II  Software for this.  I'd like verification as to which software and license will be needed to accomplish this (I'd like to pull in previous design file (.max), and  work in same evironment if possible.   Can this be accomplished with Intel Quartus Lite free license?  If not, do I need Quartus Standard or Prime version?  (shown "supported devices" don't include Altera EP910, thus I'm a bit careful to just jump right in and order the products), plus there are 274 results in Intels' Download Center, so I want to ensure I get the right product!

 

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_AK6DN_
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Yikes EP910 is 1990s technology, like 30 years old. No version of Quartus ever supported it, only MaxPlusII which predated Quartus.

MaxPlusII is no longer available for download, but internet archive search hits on some old versions that are still online:

https://archive.org/search?query=subject%3A%22maxplusII%22&sort=title

Some of these may support EP910, you will have to download and see.

However, most likely you will need a WinXP (or maybe Win7K 32b if you are lucky) to run the software.

 

In reality you will be better off designing new hardware and replacing the EP910 with some current technology.

Just my 2c.

 

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EP910
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Thanks for your reply!

 

I probably should have mentioned that the application for this PLD is for an aerospace system which is critical to the aircrafts operation in certain flight conditions.  While a redesign would certainly be possible, the cost of requalification would be prohibitive, and the customer would unlikely be willing to pay for the effort.  We have the EP910 on several similar products, and while Altera stopped making them many years ago, the parts are still manufactured by Rochester Electronics.  

Intel's Software Licensing Page indicates:  "You need a valid license to run the MAX+PLUS II software. MAX+PLUS II license is no longer available for purchase. You can either purchase the Intel Quartus Prime license that includes a full feature of MAX+PLUS II software or request a free license for MAX+PLUS II BASELINE software with limited feature. You can download the MAX+PLUS II Advanced Synthesis software from the Intel website."

So I guess I was just looking for confirmation before purchasingthe Quarus Prime License, that this is indeed software which will suit my needs.

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_AK6DN_
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Yeah I figured it was either aerospace or military, or somebody really rich into old pinball machines.

I would download and try the various versions that my prior link internet archive search yields before purchasing a $3K+ license.

I believe you can run the old software for a short time in eval mode to see if (1) you can get an O/S that will run it, and (2) it supports the device(s) you need it to. You might even be able to get a free license from the Intel licensing site to run MaxPlusII:

https://licensing.intel.com/psg/s/?language=en_US

You just need to sign up to get access to it.

Before Intel bought Altera, Altera kept all the old versions of software online on their site. Intel no longer does that, they only go back a few versions and removed the public availability of legacy software. That being said, I believe they still have the really old stuff internally, but you need to contact an Intel FAE and execute an NDA to get access to it.

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RichardTanSY_Intel
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Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the EP910 device, as it is a legacy device. Which device family is this?


However, you can check out the following page to find the software that supports the corresponding device family:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/programmable/support-resources/design-software/devices-support.html#legacydevices


Best Regards,

Richard Tan

 

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RichardTanSY_Intel
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May I know if you need any further assistance regarding this case?


Best Regards,

Richard Tan


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RichardTanSY_Intel
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