generate_peripheral - 2022.1 English

Vivado Design Suite Tcl Command Reference Guide (UG835)

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Generate output products for peripheral object.


generate_peripheral [‑driver] [‑example_design] [‑bfm_example_design]
    [‑debug_hw_example_design] [‑enable_interrupt] [‑force] [‑quiet]
    [‑verbose] <peripheral>


Name Description
[-driver] Generate driver for peripheral.
[-example_design] Generate all supported example designs for peripheral.
[-bfm_example_design] Generate bfm simulation example design for peripheral.
[-debug_hw_example_design] Generate debug hardware example design for peripheral.
[-enable_interrupt] Generate peripheral with interrupt suppport.
[-force] Overwrite the existing IP in the repository.
[-quiet] Ignore command errors
[-verbose] Suspend message limits during command execution
<peripheral> peripheral object


Generate the output products for the specified peripheral object. The output products are written to the IP repository location specified when the IP is created by the create_peripheral command, under the name of the IP as specified at creation.


-driver - (Optional) Create software driver files containing offsets of software addressable registers in the generated peripheral, as well as masks and register access macros or utility functions. The software driver self test example file contains self test example code to test various hardware features of the peripheral.

-example_design - (Optional) Write example design data for the specified peripheral. This includes the design.tcl to create a block design incorporating the new peripheral in IP integrator, and a test bench, called design_tb.v, for simulating the example design.
Note: This option is not currently supported for AXI peripherals that implement the AXI stream interface as defined by the -axi_type option of the add_peripheral_interface command.
-bfm_example_design - (Optional) Create a Tcl script to generate a block design using the IP integrator of the Vivado® Design Suite ad a bus functional model (BFM) test bench to test the read and write operations of the AXI peripheral.
Note: AXI4 BFM requires a license for use during simulation.

-debug_hw_example_design - (Optional) Create a Tcl script to generate a block design for debugging the AXI peripheral using the JTAG-to-AXI debug core in the Hardware Manager feature of the tool. Refer to the Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Programming and Debugging (UG908) for more information on working with the Hardware Manager.

-enable_interrupt - (Optional) Add an interrupt pin and supporting logic, to enable the interrupt operation on the peripheral.

-force - (Optional) Overwrite any existing output products in the IP repository even if they are current.

-quiet - (Optional) Execute the command quietly, returning no messages from the command. The command also returns TCL_OK regardless of any errors encountered during execution.
Note: Any errors encountered on the command-line, while launching the command, will be returned. Only errors occurring inside the command will be trapped.
-verbose - (Optional) Temporarily override any message limits and return all messages from this command.
Note: Message limits can be defined with the set_msg_config command.

<peripheral> - (Required) The peripheral object to generate output products for. The peripheral is created with the create_peripheral command, and should be captured in a Tcl variable at the time it is created to facilitate further processing by this and other related commands. See the example below.


This example creates a new AXI peripheral, with the VLNV attribute as specified, and captures the peripheral object in a Tcl variable for later processing, then adds AXI slave interfaces to the peripheral, and generates the output products for the peripheral:
set perifObj [ create_peripheral {} {user} {testAXI1} \
   {1.3} -dir {C:/Data/new_periph} ]
add_peripheral_interface {S0_AXI} -interface_mode {slave} \
   -axi_type {lite} $perifObj
add_peripheral_interface {S1_AXI} -interface_mode {slave} \
   -axi_type {lite} $perifObj
generate_peripheral -driver -bfm_example_design \
   -enable_interrupt $perifObj
write_peripheral $perifObj
set_property ip_repo_paths  C:/Data/new_periph [current_fileset]
update_ip_catalog -rebuild