Lesson 12: Run Simulation on ModelSim (Pre-Simulation)

The ModelSim-Intel FPGA edition software is a version of the ModelSim software targeted for Intel FPGA devices. The software supports Intel gate-level libraries and includes behavioral simulation, HDL test benches, and Tcl scripting.

There are two editions of ModelSim-Intel FPGA software: ModelSim-Intel FPGA edition and ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter edition.


ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition Software
  • Recommended for simulating all Intel FPGA designs (Intel Arria FPGA, Intel Cyclone FPGA, and Intel Stratix FPGA designs, and Intel MAX CPLDs)
  • 33 percent faster simulation performance than ModelSim-Intel FPGA starter edition software
  • No line limitations
  • Software license required
  • Mixed language support
ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition Software
  • Support for simulating small Intel FPGA designs
  • 10,000 executable line limitations
  • Free no license required
  • Mixed language support


ModelSim-Intel FPGA starter edition software is the same as ModelSim-Intel FPGA edition software except for two areas.
  • ModelSim-Intel FPGA starter edition's simulation performance is lower than ModelSim-Intel FPGA editions.
  • ModelSim-Intel FPGA starter edition has a line limit of 10,000 executable lines compared to the unlimited number of lines allowed in the ModelSim-Intel FPGA edition software.

In this session, you will learn how to use ModelSim to simulate the Verilog code.






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