Supported EDA Tools and Hardware

Cosimulation Requirements

To get started, see Set Up MATLAB-HDL Simulator Connection or Start HDL Simulator for Cosimulation in Simulink.

Cadence Incisive Requirements

MATLAB® and Simulink® support Cadence® verification tools using HDL Verifier™. Only the 64-bit version of Incisive® is supported for cosimulation. Use one of these recommended versions, which have been fully tested against the current release:

  • Incisive 15.2


    Not supported for nclaunch with runmode set to Batch. Set runmode to CLI instead.

  • Incisive 14.1

  • Incisive 13.2

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® Core/Prime 10.5b

  • QuestaSim 10.4c, 10.3

  • ModelSim®/QuestaSim PE 10.4c, 10.3e

FPGA Verification Requirements

Xilinx Usage Requirements

MATLAB and Simulink support Xilinx® design tools using HDL Verifier. Use the FPGA-in-the-loop tools with these recommended versions:

  • Xilinx Vivado® 2016.4

  • Xilinx ISE 14.7


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

For tool setup instructions, see Set Up FPGA Design Software Tools.

Intel Quartus Prime Usage Requirements

MATLAB and Simulink support Intel® design tools using HDL Verifier. Use the FPGA-in-the-loop tools with these recommended versions:

  • Altera® Quartus® II 15.0

  • Intel Quartus Prime 16.1

For tool setup instructions, see Set Up FPGA Design Software Tools.

Supported FPGA Board Connections for FIL Simulation

For board support, see Supported FPGA Devices for FIL Simulation.

Additional boards can be custom added with the FPGA Board Manager. See Supported FPGA Device Families for Board Customization.

JTAG Connection

VendorRequired HardwareRequired Software
  • USB Blaster I or USB Blaster II download cable

  • USB Blaster I or II driver

  • For Windows® operating systems: Quartus Prime 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 is supported. Quartus library directory must be on LD_LIBRARY_PATH before starting MATLAB. Prepend the Linux distribution library path before the Quartus library on LD_LIBRARY_PATH. For example, /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu:$QUARTUS_PATH.

  • 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


When simulating your FPGA design through Digilent JTAG cable with Simulink or MATLAB, you cannot use any debugging software that requires access to the JTAG; for example, Vivado Logic Analyzer.

Ethernet Connection

Required HardwareSupported InterfacesRequired Software
  • Gigabit Ethernet card

  • Cross-over Ethernet cable

  • FPGA board with supported Ethernet connection

  • Gigabit Ethernet — GMII

  • Gigabit Ethernet — RGMII

  • Gigabit Ethernet — SGMII

  • Ethernet — MII

There are no software requirements for an Ethernet connection, but ensure that the firewall on the host computer does not prevent UDP communication.


Ethernet connection to Virtex-7 VC707 not supported for Vivado versions older than 2013.4.

PCI Express


FIL over PCI Express® connection is supported only for 64-bit Windows operating systems.

Device FamilyBoardRequired Software
  • Kintex®-7 KC705 Evaluation Kit

  • Virtex -7 VC707 Evaluation Kit

Vivado 2015.2
  • Cyclone® V GT FPGA Development Kit

  • DSP Development Kit, Stratix® V Edition

Altera Quartus II 15.0

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 can add other FPGA boards for use with FIL with FPGA board customization (FPGA Board Customization).

Device FamilyBoardEthernetJTAGPCI ExpressComments

Xilinx Artix®-7

Digilent Nexys™4 Artix-7

Digilent Arty Board x  

Xilinx Kintex-7

Kintex-7 KC705xxx 

Xilinx Kintex UltraScale™

Kintex UltraScale FPGA KCU105 Evaluation Kit


Xilinx Spartan-6

Spartan-6 SP605x   
Spartan-6 SP601x   
XUP Atlys Spartan-6x   

Xilinx Virtex UltraScale

Virtex UltraScale FPGA VCU108 Evaluation Kit


Xilinx Virtex-7

Virtex-7 VC707xxx 
Virtex-7 VC709 xx 

Xilinx Virtex-6

Virtex-6 ML605x   

Xilinx Virtex-5

Virtex ML505x   
Virtex ML506x   
Virtex ML507x   
Virtex XUPV5–LX110Tx   

Xilinx Virtex

Virtex ML401x   
Virtex ML402x   
Virtex ML403x   

Xilinx Zynq®

Zynq-7000 ZC702

Zynq-7000 ZC706  x  
ZedBoard™  x  

ZYBO™ Zynq-7000 Development Board


Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+™

Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU102 Evaluation Kit


Altera Arria® II

Arria II GX FPGA Development Kitxx  

Altera Arria V

Arria V SoC Development Kit x  
Arria V Starter Kitxx  

Altera Arria 10

Arria 10 SoC Development Kit x  

Altera Cyclone IV

Cyclone IV GX FPGA Development Kitxx 
DE2-115 Development and Education Boardxx 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.
BeMicro SDKxx  

Altera Cyclone III

Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit x  
Cyclone III FPGA Development Kitxx  
Altera Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit, Cyclone III Editionxx  

Altera Cyclone V

Cyclone V GX FPGA Development Kitxx  
Cyclone V SoC Development Kit  x  
Cyclone V GT Development Kitxxx 
Terasic Atlas-SoC Kit / DE0-Nano SoC Kit x  
Arrow® SoCKit Development Kit x  

Altera MAX® 10

Arrow MAX 10 DECA


Altera Stratix IV

Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kitxx  

Altera Stratix V

DSP Development Kit, Stratix V Edition


  • 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 can download one or more vendor-specific packages. To use FIL, download at least one of these packages, or customize your own board definition file. See Create Custom FPGA Board Definition.

To see the list of HDL Verifier support packages, visit HDL Verifier Supported Hardware. To download an FPGA board support package:

  • On the MATLAB Home tab, in the Environment section, click Add-Ons > Get Hardware Support Packages.

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. PCI Express is not a supported connection for board customization.

Device FamilyRestrictions
Xilinx Artix 7 
Kintex 7 

Kintex UltraScale

Spartan 6

Ethernet PHY RGMII is not supported.

Virtex 4 
Virtex 5 
Virtex 6 
Virtex 7

Supports Ethernet PHY SGMII only.

Virtex UltraScale

Zynq 7000 

Zynq UltraScale+

AlteraArria II 
Arria V 
Arria 10  
Cyclone III 
Cyclone IV 
Cyclone V 
MAX 10  
Stratix IV 
Stratix V 

DPI Component Generation Requirements

DPI component generation supports the same versions of Cadence Incisive and Mentor Graphics Questa and ModelSim as for cosimulation. You can generate a DPI component for use with either 64-bit or 32-bit Incisive.


When you run a DPI component in ModelSim 10.5b on Debian® 8.3, you may encounter a library incompatibility error:

** Warning: ** Warning: (vsim-7032) The 64-bit glibc RPM 
does not appear to be installed on this machine.  Calls to gcc may fail.
** Fatal: ** Error: (vsim-3827) Could not compile '':
To avoid this issue, on the Code Generation pane in Configuration Parameters, try these options:

  • Set the Build configuration to Faster Runs.

  • Or, set the Build configuration to Specify and specify the compiler flag -O3.

TLM Generation Requirements

With the current release, TLMG includes support for:

  • Compilers:

    • Visual Studio®: VS2008, VS2010, VS2012, and VS2013

    • Windows 7.1 SDK

    • gcc 4.4.6

  • SystemC:

    • SystemC 2.3.1 (TLM included)

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

  • System C Modeling Library (SCML):

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