ModelSim Edition Comparison
Feature
Student Edition
Block/Small System Simulation, Windows
ModelSim Starter
Block/Small System Simulation, Windows
ModelSim PE
Block/Small System Simulation, Windows
Design Limits
Speed 30% 75% 100%
Design Limits 10,000 User Statements4    
General
Licensing - Floating License *Not Flex-Net/special free license Nodelocked only Option
HDL Editor
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Integrated Project Manager
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Platform-Independent Compiled Database
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Native-Compiled Architecture
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Languages
VHDL 1987, 1993, 2002, 2008 (except VHPI, PSL)
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Verilog 1995, 2001, 2005, 2009
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VHDL/Verilog Mixed Language     Option(PLUS)
SystemVerilog for Design6
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Debug
Interactive Debug
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Post-simulation Waveform Viewing     Option1
Enhanced Dataflow Window    
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Source Annotation    
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C Debugger     Option2
Extra Standalone Viewer     Option1
Waveform Compare  
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Coverage
Code Coverage    
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Unified Coverage DataBase (UCDB)    
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Coverage Viewer    
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Test Ranking    
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HTML Reporting    
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Debug
Single-Kernel Simulation Engine
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Performance and Memory Profiler     Option3
Language Interface DPI/PLI  
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VCD and Extended VCD Support
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Batch Mode Simulation
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Interactive Simulation
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VHDL 2008 Encryption
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Verilog 2005 Encryption
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SecureIP None
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Platform Support
32-Bit OS Support Windows XP/Vista, Win7, Win85 Windows XP/Vista, Win7, Win85 Windows XP/Vista, Win7, Win8
64-Bit OS Support     Win7, Win8 (32 bit mode)

1 - msimviewer 
2 - Included in SystemC Option
3 - Profiler option
4 - If limit is exceeded, speed drops to 1% of PE
5 - LINUX - RHEL 4,5,6 SLES 10,11 Windows 64 - Windows 7
6 - Does not include randomization/constraints, functional coverage and assertions