Supported EDA Tools and Hardware

Cosimulation Requirements

Cadence Incisive Requirements

MATLAB® and Simulink® support Cadence® verification tools using HDL Verifier™. Use one of these recommended versions, which have been fully tested against the current release:

  • Incisive® 13.2 p002

  • Incisive 13.1 s006

  • Incisive 12.2 s007

The HDL Verifier shared libraries (liblfihdls*.so, liblfihdlc*.so) are built using the gcc included in the Cadence Incisive® simulator platform distribution. Before you link your own applications into the HDL simulator, first try building against this gcc. See the HDL simulator documentation for more details about how to build and link your own applications.

Mentor Graphics Questa and ModelSim Usage Requirements

MATLAB and Simulink support Mentor Graphics® verification tools using HDL Verifier. Use one of the following recommended versions. Each version has been fully tested against the current release:

  • Questa®Sim 10.3, 10.2c, 10.2b

  • ModelSim®/QuestaSim PE 10.2c, 10.1a

  • ModelSim DE 10.1a (Windows® 32 only)

  • ModelSim SE 10.1c

FPGA Verification Requirements

Xilinx Usage Requirements

MATLAB and Simulink support Xilinx® design tools using HDL Verifier.

  • FPGA-in-the-Loop is tested with Xilinx ISE 14.7 and Xilinx Vivado® 2014.4.

    Xilinx ISE is required for FPGA boards in the Spartan®-6, Virtex®-4, Virtex-5, and Virtex-6 families. For all other supported FPGA families, Xilinx Vivado is required.

  • ISE 11.1 or newer is recommended

  • Consult Xilinx user documentation for compatibility of ISE tools with various Linux® distributions.

Altera Quartus II Usage Requirements

MATLAB and Simulink support Altera® design tools using HDL Verifier.

  • FPGA-in-the-Loop is tested with Altera Quartus II 14.0.

Supported FPGA Board Connections for FIL Simulation

JTAG Connection.  

VendorSupported DevicesRequired HardwareRequired Software

The FPGA board must be using an FPGA device in the supported Altera FPGA families.

  • USB Blaster I or USB Blaster II download cable

  • USB Blaster I or II driver

  • For Windows operating systems: Quartus II executable directory must be on system path.

  • For Linux operating systems: versions below Quartus II 13.1 are not supported. Quartus II 14.1 is not supported. Only 64-bit Quartus II is supported. Quartus II library directory must be on LD_LIBRARY_PATH before starting MATLAB. Prepend the Linux distribution library path before the Quartus II library on LD_LIBRARY_PATH. For example, /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu:$QUARTUS_PATH.


The board must be using a supported FPGA from the Xilinx 7-series family.

  • Digilent® download cable. If your board has a standard Xilinx 14 pin JTAG connector, you can obtain the HS2 cable from Digilent.

  • For Windows operating systems: Xilinx Vivado executable directory must be on system path.

  • For Linux operating systems: Digilent Adept2

Ethernet Connection.  

  • Hardware:

    • Gigabit Ethernet card

    • Cross-over Ethernet cable

    • FPGA board with supported Ethernet connection

  • PHY Interface Type:

    • Gigabit Ethernet — GMII

    • Gigabit Ethernet — RGMII

    • Gigabit Ethernet — SGMII

    • Ethernet — MII

  • Software:

    • There are no software requirements for an Ethernet connection, but the firewall on the host computer should not prevent UDP communication for FIL

  • Limitations:

    • Virtex-7 VC707 not supported for Vivado versions older than 2013.4.

Supported FPGA Devices for FIL Simulation

HDL Verifier supports FIL simulation on the devices shown in the following table. The board definition files for these boards are in the Download FPGA Board Support Package. You may also add other FPGA boards for use with FIL with FPGA board customization (FPGA Board Customization).

Device FamilyBoardComments

Xilinx Zynq®

Zynq-7000 ZC702
Zynq-7000 ZC706

Xilinx Artix®-7


Xilinx Spartan-6

Spartan-6 SP605
Spartan-6 SP601
XUP Atlys Spartan-6

Xilinx Virtex-7

Virtex-7 VC707

Xilinx Virtex-6

Virtex-6 ML605

Xilinx Virtex-5

Virtex ML505
Virtex ML506
Virtex ML507
Virtex XUPV5–LX110T

Xilinx Virtex

Virtex ML401
Virtex ML402
Virtex ML403

Xilinx Kintex®-7

Kintex-7 KC705

Altera Arria® II

Arria II GX FPGA development kit

Altera Arria V

Arria V SoC development kit
Arria V starter kit

The Altera Arria V SOC development kit supports a JTAG connection only.

Altera Cyclone® IV

Cyclone IV GX FPGA development kit
DE2-115 development and education board
BeMicro SDK
The Altera DE2-115 FPGA development board has two Ethernet ports. FPGA-in-the-loop uses only Ethernet 0 port. Make sure that you connect your host computer with the Ethernet 0 port on the board via an Ethernet cable.

Altera Cyclone III

Cyclone III starter kit
Cyclone III FPGA development kit
Altera Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit, Cyclone III Edition

The Altera Cyclone III starter kit supports a JTAG connection only.

Altera Cyclone V

Cyclone V FPGA GX development board
Cyclone V SoC development kit
Cyclone V GT development kit
Arrow® SoC development kit
The Cyclone V SoC and Arrow SoC development kits are supported for JTAG connection only.

Altera Stratix® IV

Stratix IV GX FPGA development board

Altera Stratix V

Stratix V DSP Development Kit


  • Ethernet PHY RGMII interface is not supported for Xilinx Spartan6 family when used with FPGA-in-the-loop.

  • For FPGA development boards that have more than one FPGA device, only one such device can be used with FIL.

FPGA Board Support Packages.  The FPGA board support packages contain the definition files for all supported boards. You may download one or more vendor-specific packages, but you must download one of the packages before you can use FIL or customize your own board definition file using the New FPGA Board Wizard (see Create Custom FPGA Board Definition).

Visit the Hardware Support Catalog for a list of currently supported devices and boards. Download an FPGA board support package with the supportPackageInstaller command in MATLAB.

Supported FPGA Device Families for Board Customization

HDL Verifier supports the following FPGA device families for board customization; that is, when you create your own board definition file. See FPGA Board Customization.

Device Family
XilinxVirtex 4
Virtex 5
Virtex 6
Spartan 6
Kintex 7
Zynq 7000
Artix 7
AlteraCyclone III
Cyclone IV
Cyclone V
Arria II
Arria V
Stratix IV
Stratix V

TLM Generation System Requirements

With the current release, TLMG includes support for:

  • Compilers:

    • Visual Studio®: VS2005, VS2008, VS2010, and VS2012

    • gcc 4.4.6

  • SystemC:

    • SystemC 2.3.1 (TLM included)

      You can download SystemC and TLM libraries at Consult the Accellera Systems Initiative web site for information about how to build these libraries after downloading.

  • System C Modeling Library (SCML):

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