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Max 10 Hardware configuration of unused pins on different package types

SASS
Beginner
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Hello,

 

I am doing a design where we want the hardware/PCB to support both MAX10M02 and MAX10M08. There is a difference on pins D4, E4 and F4 where they are NC on MAX10M02 and needs GND/VCCA on MAX10M08.

 

Does NC in this context mean "don't connect" or "not connected inside the package"? E.g. will something not function properly if we connect GND to D4 + E4 and VCCA to F4 on the MAX10M02 package? 

 

I noted that in the pin description there is a definition called DNU, meaning "do not use" and in that case it is clear that the pin shall not be connected.

 

Best regards,

SASS

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sstrell
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NC does mean not connected in the package, but to make sure of compatibility, you should add the second device as a migration device in Quartus (Device settings I believe).  That way the tool can let you know about any issues like this when moving between the two devices.

SASS
Beginner
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Thanks for the rapid response. Since the NC pins (D4, E4 and F4) on the MAX10M02 are not connected inside the package it must mean that it will not be a problem to apply GND/VCCA to them. We will also try to set this up as "migration" device in Quartus. 

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