Through an ongoing partnership with the IEEE, standards developed by of IP *; IEEE SystemVerilog (SV) *; IEEE Universal. SystemVerilog, standardized as IEEE , is a hardware description and hardware verification language used to model, design, simulate, test and implement. Thoughts on the updated standard, by Principal Consultant Jonathan Bromley. A new revision. On Thursday 22nd February , the latest.
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Thanks to the generosity of Accellera www. The SystemVerilog standards development process is highly transparent. Anyone can read the LRM, and anyone can follow the progress of committee discussion by watching the Mantis bug tracker https: SystemVerilog first saw public light of day as an Accellera standard way back in Vendors rallied behind it, users were enthusiastic, and Accellera wisely passed the standard into the care of the IEEE.
There were significant revisions in andeach adding important new features and functionality to an already large and rich language.
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How can you have a SystemVerilog revision with no new features? Everyone has pet features that they would like to see in SystemVerilog. Forthough, systdmverilog remit was clear: As far as I can tell, distinct Mantis issues made the cut and were fully resolved in time for incorporation into 180 the editor.
This is a good moment for a hat-tip to the tireless Shalom Bresticker, who served as LRM editor for this revision. Of those issues, 69 were purely editorial or wordsmithing changes, improving LRM text or internal consistency without any technical controversy. Stuff like typesetting of the BNF syntax rules in Annex A, a tightening-up of the strict definition of property vacuity, and improvements or corrections of a few code examples.
However, some of these clarifications are worth a closer look. Take a peek at these Mantis items to learn more:. Of the changes, just five by my reckoning were significant changes of definition. None of these are new language features. Some were wrinkles in the language that were effectively un-implementable or too error-prone, and needed to be ironed out.
Here they are, one by one:.
One of the things we thought was cool: And then you instantiate an array of those modports, so that an array of slaves can connect to them. If you ever systemvedilog that using modports like this was a good idea, then read the Mantis ticket and weep.
Modports are no longer allowed to appear inside a generate block. There are other, better ways to get the same result that will make good material for a future blog post.
Thanks to that lack of systemverilogg, different simulators behaved in different, incompatible ways. The required behaviour eystemverilog now clearly defined, although it may take a while before tools converge on that behaviour. Wise programmers will continue to avoid calling virtual methods from the constructor.
The effects are gnarly and far from intuitive. Issue and The enum literals define a set of possible values. Should that be treated as a constraint on the enum?
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What happens if the enum is a member of a packed struct? Check your favourite simulator to see how it stacks up against the new definition. The operator overloading feature, which has never been implemented by any tool that I know about, has systemverioog removed from the LRM. The feature was never properly defined, and there were too many difficulties with the definition for it to be retained.
That revision also marks the end of my systemverilo involvement with SystemVerilog standardization, as I stand down from the standardization process. Any errors in this summary are mine alone; if you find any, please get in touch at jonathan.
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Just the words Systemverillog those issues, 69 were purely editorial or wordsmithing changes, improving LRM text or internal consistency without any technical controversy. Clarifications systemverliog provide a solid base for vendors and users 30 issues were minor clarifications that are probably only of interest to the most dedicated and obsessive LRM wonk. Take a peek at these Mantis items to learn more: What about the big-ticket items?