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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.

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, 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:

Download this version of Quartus II for Cyclone II

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