Programming Altera Config Device

We have a number of PCB's with Altera Cyclone/Config device systems.

In R&D we use Quartus to program this.

For production, we have a bed of nails based ATE system, using LabView.

We want to program the config. device automatically.

Has anyone done this ?

Does Altera produce a .dll or .ocx version of the programming tools ? Can the programmer be run as a WIN32 console app. (ie from the command line) ? Does National Instruments (or a third party) have anything ?

Any advice much appreciated,


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Gary Pace
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Hi Gary,

The Quartus Programmer is a command line application. Here is the output when when you type quartus_pgm --help in a DOS box.

D:\>quartus_pgm --help Quartus II Programmer Version 4.1 Build 181 06/29/2004 SJ Full Version Copyright (C) 1991-2004 Altera Corporation



quartus_pgm [-h | --help[=] | -v] quartus_pgm -c filname.cdf --- If you want to use cdf file quartus_pgm -c -m -o [-o ...] --- If you want to use individual programming file(s) quartus_pgm -l --- to display the list of available hardware quartus_pgm -c -a --- to display the list of devices connected to the cable



The Quartus(R) II Programmer programs Altera(R) devices. The Programmer uses one of the valid supported file formats: Programmer Object Files (.pof), SRAM Object Files (.sof), Jam File (.jam), or Jam Byte-Code File (.jbc).

Make sure you specify a valid programming mode, programming cable, and operation for a given device.



-f -m | --mode= -c | --cable= -o | --operation= -l | --list -a | --auto --lower_priority

Help Topics:


arguments makefiles

For more information on specific options, use --help=.

Hope this helps, Subroto Datta Altera Corp.

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Subroto Datta

Hi Gary,

We have designed a test-bed with an Altera cyclone to test and upload configuration files to epcs4 of a minipci product. We have developed code to upload .rbf files directly to the epcs4 of the device under test. The flash time for a full epcs4 is around 3 seconds. If this development serves your purpose, we can make it available against a certain royalty payment.

Another possibilty is to obtain the "byte jammer" software from Altera, it flashes the epcs via the JTAG chain...

best regards ron

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