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0 0 0 question is this: do the b enefits of strong typing outweigh the costs? There isnÕ t one right answer to the question. The creators of VHDL emphasized semantics that were unamb iguous and designs that were easily portab le from one tool to the nex t. when run-time check s are enab led. The $ 1. Due to this lack of language-defined simulation control commands and also b ecause of VHDLÕ s userdefined type capab ilities. VHDL does not define any simulation control or monitoring capab ilities within the language. designer productivity can b e lower initially as the designer must write type conversion functions and insert type casts or ex plicitly declared conversion functions when writing code. race conditions. The development of related standards is due to another goal of VHDLÕ s authors: namely. The Verilog language designers wanted a language that designers could - . Verilog Verilog is a weak ly and limited typed language. Comparison of VHDL. Furthermore. The downside of strong typing is performance cost. and many also depend on standard Numeric and Math pack ages as well. Verilog. The supported data representations (ex cluding strings) can b e mix ed freely in Verilog. are not a concern for VHDL users. Compilation tends to b e slower as tools must perform check s on the source code. as an artifact of the language and tool implementation. the VHDL community usually relies on interactive GU I environments for deb ugging design prob lems. A ll data types in Verilog are predefined in the language. and SystemVerilog 1 Pros and Cons of Strong Typing The b enefit of strong typing is finding b ugs in a design as early in the verification process as possib le. These capab ilities are tool dependent.0 0 0 . A lso. A nd with run-time check s enab led. more prob lems may b e found during simulation. Its heritage can b e traced to the C programming language and an older HDL called Hilo. Several related standards have b een developed to increase the utility of the language. A ny VHDL design today depends on at least IE E E -Std 116 4 (std_ logic type). to produce a general language and allow development of reusab le pack ages to cover functionality not b uilt into the language. Many prob lems that strong typing uncover are identified during analysis/compilation of the source code. Verilog recognizes that all data types have a b it-level representation. the strong typing requires additional coding to ex plicitly convert from one data type to another (integer to b it-vector.ed to mak e designs self-documenting. In general. the VHDL language designers wanted a safe language that would catch as many errors as possib le early in the process. Simulation. for ex ample). is also slower due to the check ing overhead. Hence.

Verilog.ward compatible with Verilog Yes Enhanced type system is strongly typed (but not as strong as VHDL) User-defined types Yes No Yes Dynamic memory allocation (pointer types) Yes No Partial Class objects can be dynamically created/destroyed. Interfaces All-read sensitivity No Yes @ (*) Yes Same as Verilog. Block/task disable. The designers of SystemVerilog are attempting to provide the b est of b oth worlds b y offering strong typing in areas of enhancement while not significantly impacting code writing and modeling productivity. Verilog.use to write models quick ly. Conditional statements Yes • If-then-else/elsif (priority) • Case (mux) • Selected assign (mux) • Conditional assign (priority) • No “don’t care” matching capability Yes • if-else (priority) • case (mux) • casex (mux) • ?: (conditional used in concurrent assignments) Yes Same as Verilog. Comparison of VHDL. Note that the purple font color differentiates Verilog 20 0 1 features from Verilog 19 9 5 features. Final blocks Dynamic process creation/deletion No Yes Fork/join. and SystemVerilog continues on pg 5 continued from pg 3 VHDL Verilog(20 0 1) SystemVerilog Other hierarchy Yes Separate entity / architecture (Interface / implementation) No Yes Programs. and SystemVerilog Language Feature Comparison The following tab le presents a feature-b y-feature comparison of the three HDLs. Plus: always_comb Reactive region processes Yes Postponed processes No Yes Programs. but via handles (“safe pointers”) Physical types Yes No No Named events No Yes Yes Enumerated types (FSM modeling) Yes No Yes Records/structs Yes No Yes Variant/unions No No Yes Associative/sparse arrays Partial (But can be modeled using access types) No Yes Class/inheritance No No Yes (single inheritance) Data packing No No Yes Bit (vector) / integer equivalence Partial Not built-in but standard package supports Yes Yes User defined signal/net resolution Yes No No Subprograms (procedural) Yes Function & procedure always automatic Yes Static andautomatic functions and tasks Yes Same as Verilog plus void functions (procedures) Subprograms (concurrent) aka tasks Yes Concurrent procedure calls Yes Static tasks Yes Static tasks Methods No No Yes (goes hand-in-hand with classes) Separate packaging Yes Packages Yes Include files Yes Include files continues on pg 4 4 Comparison of VHDL. Verilog. Clocking domains. Adds priority and unique keywords to infer priority encoding/mux implementation Iteration Yes • Loop • while-loop • for-loop • exit • next Can name the loop to exit or continue with next Yes • repeat • for • while Yes Same as Verilog. 2 Comparison of VHDL. Clocking domains. Plus: • do-while • break • continue Only closest enclosing loop can be break or continue Operators & expressions Yes . and SystemVerilog 3 VHDL Verilog(20 0 1) SystemVerilog Strong typing Yes No • Bit • bit-vector • wire • reg) • unsigned •signed • integer • real • String in certain contexts only Partial Not strongly typed in areas back. Yes Same as Verilog.

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