Version 7 (modified by Eric Hazen, 4 years ago) (diff)


ghdl on ubuntu

std_logic_unsigned etc vs numeric_std

Use numeric_std. It's an IEEE standard. It is pretty horrible. Example:

  a   : in  std_logic_vector(wid-1 downto 0);
  b   : in  std_logic_vector(wid-1 downto 0);
  signal sum : std_logic_vector( wid downto 0);

  sum <= std_logic_vector( unsigned(a) + unsigned(b));

Testbench Notes

Problem: how to handle a repeating clock and other synchronous signals, mixed with reading test vectors and asserting them. First, some suggestions on how to handle clocks. Even calculating the period is a pain in VHDL due to the weird behavior of the 'time' type. Clock and reset can be done without a process, so:

architecture ....
  constant freq        : positive := 320e6;
  constant clk_per     : time     := (real(1e9)/real(freq)) * 1 ns;
  constant half_period : time     := clk_per/2;

  signal clk : std_logic := '0';  -- init needed if clock done as below
  clk <= not clk after half_period;
  rst_n <= '0', '1' after clk_per * 8;

Next question: test vectors from file. One approach is to have a scheduled launch time in the vector file, in clock ticks or BcN/OrN or some other scheme. How to handle this?

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