Model Referencing for HDL Code Generation
Benefits of Model Referencing for Code Generation
Model referencing in your DUT subsystem enables you to:
Partition a large design into a hierarchy of smaller designs for reuse, modular development, and accelerated simulation.
Incrementally generate and test code.
HDL Coder™ incrementally generates code for referenced models according to the Configuration Parameters dialog box > Model Referencing pane > Rebuild options.
However, HDL Coder treats
If changes detectedand
If changes in known dependencies detectedas the same. For example, if you set Rebuild to either
If changes detectedor
If changes in known dependencies detected, HDL Coder regenerates code for referenced models only when the referenced models have changed.
How To Generate Code for a Referenced Model
By default, Generate VHDL code for model references into a single library is enabled. The VHDL code is generated in a single
library instead of separate libraries. In this case, set the
ScalarizePorts property to
off before generating
When generating code, if you encounter typing or naming conflicts between vector ports
when interfacing two or more generated VHDL® code modules, use the
ScalarizePorts property to generate
non-conflicting port definitions. For more information, see Scalarize ports.
Use of vector or matrix ports at the model reference boundary requires ports to be
scalarized in generated VHDL code, or the type definition or code to be placed in single
library. When generating VHDL code, either set Scalarize ports to
on or enable Generate VHDL code for model references into a single library option.
You can generate HDL code for the referenced model using the UI or the command line.
Using the UI
Right-click the Model block and select HDL Code > HDL Block Properties.
For Architecture, select ModelReference.
Generate HDL code from your DUT subsystem.
Using the Command Line
Architectureproperty of the Model block to
ModelReference. For example, for a DUT subsystem,
mydut, that includes a model reference,
referenced_model, enter this command:
hdlset_param ('mydut/referenced_model', ... 'Architecture', 'ModelReference');
Generate HDL code for your DUT subsystem.
Generate Code for Model Arguments
To generate a single Verilog®
module or VHDL
entity for instances of a referenced model with different model argument
values, see Generate Parameterized Code for Referenced Models.
If you enter text in the Model Block Properties dialog box Description field, HDL Coder generates a comment in the HDL code.
Model block must have default values for the Block parameters.
Multiple model references that refer to the same model must have the same HDL block properties.
Referenced models cannot be protected models.
HDL Coder cannot move registers across a model reference. Therefore, referenced models can inhibit these optimizations:
Constrained output pipelining
To use these optimizations, consider using subsystem references instead of model references. For more information, see Subsystem Reference.
When you have model references and generate HDL code, the generated model, validation model, and cosimulation model can fail to compile or simulate. To fix compilation or simulation errors, make sure that the referenced models are loaded or are on the search path.
The coder can apply the resource sharing optimization to share referenced model instances. However, you can apply this optimization only when all model references that point to the same referenced model have the same rate after optimizations and rate propagation. The model reference final rate may differ from the original rate, but all model references that point to the same referenced model must have the same final rate.