Cross Origen (1.0.0)


In an ideal world everyone would use Origen, but in reality there are many different ‘standards’ used to represent design data. This plugin provides APIs and templates to import and export data to formats supported by 3rd party tools.

How To Import

In your Gemfile add:

gem "cross_origen", ">= 1.0.0"

or if your application is a plugin add this to your .gemspec

spec.add_runtime_dependency "cross_origen", ">= 1.0.0"

How To Use

Supported Formats

Currently the following formats are supported:

  • IP-XACT - Import and Export registers and hierarchy
  • CMSIS-SVD - Import registers and hierarchy
  • RALF (Synopsys format) - Export registers

See the examples for format specific documentation, but most formats should follow this basic structure…

Data Import

When the CrossOrigen module is included in a class it gets access to a cr_import method. This will automatically detect the type of the given file and select the appropriate import rules.

The file to be imported must exist locally or it can be pulled automatically from a 3rd party repository in which case the file will be fetched the first time Origen is invoked and then cached locally for future invocations. Supported repositories are shown in the example below.

class MyDevice

  include CrossOrigen

  def initialize
    # Import from a local file
    cr_import(path: "#{Origen.root}/imports/test-annex-Block-registers.xml")
    # Import from Design Sync
    cr_import(vault: "sync://sync-15040:15040/Projects/nvm_c90tfsn2w/ftf2/rtl_v/kx2_4m/.regs", version: "ftf2_kx2_4096k2_256_128k_64_4k.") 

The given file(s) will be parsed the first time the model is instantiated, which could take some time depending on the amount of data being imported.

During the import process, the data from the files will be converted to Origen native format and stored to the application’s vendor directory. You should check these generated files into your revision control system, although you should refrain from modifying them by hand since edits will be lost if the import process is repeated in future.

On subsequent model instantiations, the cr_import method will recognize that the data has already been imported and it will load directly from the vendor dir. Generally speaking, this will make the model instantiation time instant, regardless of how much data was originally imported.

If you obtain a new version of the 3rd party source file, it can be re-imported by passing a refresh option to cr_import:

cr_import(path: "#{Origen.root}/imports/test-annex-Block-registers.xml", refresh: true)

Or, a global refresh (meaning every cr_import that is encountered with a given Origen command) can be invoked by passing the --refresh option to any Origen command which will instantiate the model you wish to refresh.

Data Export

The CrossOrigen module adds some methods to export the given object as a string in the given format, for example a to_ip_xact method is available to generate an IP-XACT XML representation of an object.

To create an actual XML file a simple template would be setup as shown below and then compiled through Origen:

<%= $dut.to_ip_xact %>

In future support may be added to export directly to a 3rd party tool if it provides such an API.

How To Setup a Development Environment

Clone the repository from Github.

Follow the instructions here if you want to make a 3rd party app workspace use your development copy of the CrossOrigen plugin: Setting up a Plugin Development Environment

This plugin also contains a test suite, make sure this passes before committing any changes!

origen test