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 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 10.4c, 10.3, 10.2c

  • ModelSim®/QuestaSim PE 10.4c, 10.3e, 10.2c

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® 2015.4.

    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.

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

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 15.1.

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  

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 one of the following supported Xilinx FPGAs: Artix®-7, Virtex-7, Kintex®-7 or Zynq® 7000.

  • 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

    Note:   When simulating your FPGA design through Digilent JTAG cable with Simulink or MATLAB, you can not 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.

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

PCI Express  

    Note:   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

AlteraQuartus 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 FamilyBoardComments

Xilinx Artix-7

Digilent Nexys™4 Artix-7


Xilinx Kintex-7

Kintex-7 KC705

Xilinx Kintex UltraScale™

Kintex UltraScale FPGA KCU105 Evaluation Kit

Supports JTAG connection only.

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 Zynq

Zynq-7000 ZC702
Zynq-7000 ZC706
ZYBO™ Zynq-7000 Development Board

Xilinx Zynq boards support a JTAG connection only.

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 Arria 10

Arria 10 SoC Development Kit

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 FPGA Starter Kit
Cyclone III FPGA Development Kit
Altera Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit, Cyclone III Edition

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

Altera Cyclone V

Cyclone V GX FPGA Development Kit
Cyclone V SoC Development Kit
Cyclone V GT Development Kit
Arrow® SoCKit Development Kit
The Cyclone V SoC and Arrow SoCKit development kits are supported for JTAG connection only.

Altera MAX® 10

Arrow MAX 10 DECA


Altera Stratix IV

Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit

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.

Device FamilyRestrictions
XilinxArtix 7 
Kintex 7 

Kintex UltraScale

Supports JTAG connection only. Ethernet is not supported.

Spartan 6

Ethernet PHY RGMII is not supported.

Virtex 4 
Virtex 5 
Virtex 6 
Virtex 7

Supports Ethernet PHY SGMII only.

Zynq 7000 
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.

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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