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ModelSim PE Student Edition

Free download of industry leading ModelSim® HDL simulator for use by students in their academic coursework.

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About ModelSim PE Student Edition


  • Support for both VHDL and Verilog designs (non-mixed).
  • Intelligent, easy-to-use graphical user interface with TCL interface.
  • Project manager and source code templates and wizards.

Support Notice

  • No customer support is provided for ModelSim Student Edition.
  • Interact with other users and join the ModelSim Student Edition Discussion Group

Target Use and Upgrades

  • ModelSim PE Student Edition is intended for use by students in pursuit of their academic coursework and basic educational projects.
  • For more complex projects, universities and colleges have access to ModelSim and Questa, through the Higher Education Program.
  • ModelSim PE Student Edition is not be used for business use or evaluation.
    Please contact ModelSim sales for a fully functioning evaluation version of ModelSim PE.


  • Capacity: 10,000 lines of executable code
  • Performance (up to capacity): 30% of PE
  • Performance (exceeding capacity): 1% of PE (i.e., 100 times slower than PE).

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Additional Information: Installation

  1. Download the latest ModelSim PE Student Edition

    Download Student Edition

    • Current Release: 10.4
      Please note: You must be logged in as the administrator on the computer you are installing ModelSim PE Student Edition.
  2. Install the Software

    • After the file downloads completely, double-click on the .exe file to begin the installation process.
    • You must agree to the Mentor Graphics End-User License agreement during installation to continue.
  3. Complete the License Request Form

    • At the end of the installation process, select Finish and a browser window will open with the License Request form
      Please note - clicking on an existing license request link from your browser bookmark or from a link posted on the web - WILL NOT WORK.
    • Complete the all of the form fields with attention to the email address field and submit the license request form.
    • Once your request has been received the ModelSim PE Student Edition license file will be generated, matched to your host computer and will be emailed to you along with license installation instructions.
      Please note - the license.dat file email could get reside in your Spam or Junk mail folder. If you do not receive the email within a few minutes, check your spam folder or email provider.
    • If you do not receive your license.dat file email - You will need to rerun the installation sequence and request a new license file. This is an automated process. We are unable to manually generate a license file for you.

Important Information about your Installation

  • License files are valid only for the current installation of the software on the computer on which the software is installed.
  • If you need to re-install the software on a computer, you are encouraged to download the latest release and corresponding license file.
  • If for any reason you need a new license file - you must go through the entire process of download, installation and license request.

Additional Information: Higher Education Program

  • For applications requiring the highest simulation performance and advanced verification capabilities, students may access
  • Mentor Graphics most advanced design and verification tools, including ModelSim SE and Questa Advanced Functional
  • Verification, through their college's membership of Mentor Graphics' Higher Education Program.
  • View the Higher Education Program Details and learn how your institute can apply.

Additional Information: Student Resources

ModelSim Product Demo

You will learn the basics about simulation and how to simulate with projects. You will learn how to work with multiple libraries and debug with the Dataflow window and view simulation waveforms in the Wave window. Finally, you will analyze simulation results with Waveform Compare.

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Discussion Group

Interact with other users and join the ModelSim Student Edition Discussion Group

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Digital Systems Textbook

Written for an advanced-level course in digital systems design, DIGITAL SYSTEMS DESIGN USING VHDL integrates the use of the industry-standard hardware description language VHDL into the digital design process. Following a review of basic concepts of logic design, the author introduces the basics of VHDL, and then incorporates more coverage of advanced VHDL topics. Rather than simply teach VHDL as a programming language, this book emphasizes the practical use of VHDL in the digital design process.

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