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Cyclone II

I bought this Altera Cyclone II FPGA development board with a programmer from eBay. It didn’t come with any software or instructions as is usual from eBay these days.

Altera Cyclone II FPGA Development Board
Altera CPLD/FPGA USB Programmer

From initial search, I found the support for this development board on Hobby Components forum.

https://forum.hobbycomponents.com/viewtopic.php?f=88&t=2076

Links to Download Altera Software on Hobby Components Forum

However, these turned out to be dead links.

Altera Software Download Links Don’t Work

So I thought maybe they have moved the files, so I went to Altera’s main web page altera.com, but it redirected to Intel’s website. Turns out that in 2015, Intel purchased Altera for $16.7 billion.

I looked for Quartus II Web Edition on Intel’s website and found it. It’s a huge file, over 4GB. While downloading it, I read up a bit about it and figured out that it doesn’t support Cyclone II for being an old product. It felt like I had bought some junk for which even the software wasn’t available anymore.

Don’t download this version for Cyclone II

After searching a bit further online, I found that an older version of Quartus was still available that supported Cyclone II. You can download it from here if still available:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/software-kit/711791/intel-quartus-ii-web-edition-design-software-version-13-0sp1-for-windows.html

Download this version of Quartus II for Cyclone II

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