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output or inout port "outA" must be connected to a structural net expression

CJT
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//block1

module block1 (clk, inA, outA, outB, outC);
input clk, inA;
output outA, outB, outC;
reg outA, outB, outC;
always @ (posedge clk) begin
	outA = inA;
	outB = outA;
	outC = outB;
end
endmodule
//block2

module block2 (clk, inA, outA, outB, outC);
input clk, inA;
output outA, outB, outC;
reg outA, outB, outC;
always @ (posedge clk) begin
	outC = outB;
	outA = inA;
	outB = outA;
end
endmodule

 

//block 3

module block3 (clk, inA, outA, outB, outC);
input clk, inA;
output outA, outB, outC;
reg outA, outB, outC;
always @ (posedge clk) begin
	outB = outA;
	outA = inA;
	outC = outB;
end
endmodule

Code the aboveDUT blocks using 3 different ordering:

 

module ordering1 (clk, inA, outA, outB, outC);
input clk, inA;
output outA, outB, outC;
reg outA, outB, outC;

block1 block1_inst (.clk(clk), .inA(inA), .outA(outA), .outB(outB), .outC(outC));
block2 block2_inst (.clk(clk), .inA(inA), .outA(outA), .outB(outB), .outC(outC));
block3 block3_inst (.clk(clk), .inA(inA), .outA(outA), .outB(outB), .outC(outC));

endmodule

 

Error (10663): Verilog HDL Port Connection error at ordering1.v(6): output or inout port "outA" must be connected to a structural net expression
Error (10663): Verilog HDL Port Connection error at ordering1.v(6): output or inout port "outB" must be connected to a structural net expression
Error (10663): Verilog HDL Port Connection error at ordering1.v(6): output or inout port "outC" must be connected to a structural net expression

 

How to solve the above error?

 

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IntelSupport
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Hi Chee,


The error message indicates that the output ports "outA", "outB", and "outC" of the "ordering1" module must be connected to a "structural net expression", which means that they must be connected to a wire or register signal. But, your current implementation, the "outA", "outB", and "outC" ports are connected directly to the corresponding output ports of the "block1_inst", "block2_inst", and "block3_inst" instances, which are register signals.


To fix this error, you should create new wire or register signals to connect to the "outA", "outB", and "outC" ports of the "ordering1" module. You can do this by declaring new wires or registers using the "wire" or "reg" keywords and connecting these signals to the "outA", "outB", and "outC" ports of the "ordering1" module.


Example:


module ordering1 (clk, inA, outA, outB, outC);

 input clk, inA;

 output reg outA, outB, outC; // changed from reg to wire or output


 wire block1_outA, block1_outB, block1_outC;

 wire block2_outA, block2_outB, block2_outC;

 wire block3_outA, block3_outB, block3_outC;


 block1 block1_inst (.clk(clk), .inA(inA), .outA(block1_outA), .outB(block1_outB), .outC(block1_outC));

 block2 block2_inst (.clk(clk), .inA(inA), .outA(block2_outA), .outB(block2_outB), .outC(block2_outC));

 block3 block3_inst (.clk(clk), .inA(inA), .outA(block3_outA), .outB(block3_outB), .outC(block3_outC));


 assign outA = block1_outA;

 assign outB = block2_outB;

 assign outC = block3_outC;


endmodule


This should resolve the issue.


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Hi Chee,


May I know if there is any update from previous reply


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