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Vivado Design Suite Properties Reference Guide (UG912)

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A net is a set of interconnected pins, ports, and wires. Every wire has a net name, which identifies it. Two or more wires can have the same net name. All wires sharing a common net name are part of a single NET, and all pins or ports connected to these wires are electrically connected.

A default net name is assigned to the NET object as it is added to the netlist design during elaboration or compilation of the RTL source files into a netlist design. You can also manually assign names to nets.

Nets can either be scalar nets, with a single signal, or can be bus nets, which are groups of scalar nets with multiple signals. Buses are a convenient way to group related signals, allowing a less cluttered, more understandable schematics. It also clarifies the connection between the main circuit and a block symbol. Buses are especially useful for the following:

  • Routing a number of signals from one side of the schematic to the other
  • Connecting more than one signal to a block symbol
  • Connecting more than one signal to pass between hierarchical levels by connecting to a single I/O marker

Related Objects

Figure 1. NET Objects

In the design netlist, a NET can be connected to the PIN of a CELL, or to a PORT. Net objects are also associated with CLOCKs brought onto the design through PORTs, and to TIMING_PATHs in the design. NETs can also be associated with DRC_VIOLATIONs to allow you to more quickly locate and resolve design issues. You can query the nets associated with these different design objects:

get_nets -of [get_cells dbg_hub]

As the design is mapped onto the target AMD FPGA, the NET is mapped to routing resources such as WIREs, NODEs, and PIPs on the device, and is connected to BELs through BEL_PINs, and to SITEs through SITE_PINs. You can query the clock, pin, port, bel, bel_pin, site, site_pin, tile, node, pip, wire associated with a specific net or nets in the design:

get_bel_pins -of [get_nets ddr4_sdram_adr[0]]


The specific properties on a net object can vary depending on the type of net the object represents. The following table lists some of the properties assigned to a net object in the Vivado Design Suite, with example values:

Property	Type	Read-only	Visible	Value
AREA_GROUP	string	true	true	
BEL	string	true	true	
BLKNM	string	true	true	
BUFFER_TYPE	enum	false	true	
BUFG	enum	true	true	
BUS_NAME	string	true	true	DataIn_pad_0_i
BUS_START	int	true	true	7
BUS_STOP	int	true	true	0
BUS_WIDTH	int	true	true	8
CLASS	string	true	true	net
CLOCK_BUFFER_TYPE	enum	false	true	
CLOCK_DEDICATED_ROUTE	enum	false	true	
CLOCK_REGION_ASSIGNMENT	string	false	true	
CLOCK_ROOT	string*	false	true	
COLLAPSE	bool	true	true	
COOL_CLK	bool	true	true	
DATA_GATE	bool	true	true	
DCI_VALUE	int	false	true	
DIFF_TERM	bool	false	true	
DIRECT_ENABLE	bool	false	true	
DIRECT_RESET	bool	false	true	
DONT_TOUCH	bool	false	true
DRIVE	int	true	false	
DRIVER_COUNT	int	true	true	1
FILE_NAME	string	true	true	
FIXED_ROUTE	string	false	true	
FLAT_PIN_COUNT	int	true	true	1
FLOAT	bool	true	true	
GATED_CLOCK	bool	false	true	
HBLKNM	string	true	true	
HD.NO_ROUTE_CONTAINMENT	bool	false	true	
HIERARCHICALNAME	string	true	false	top.DataIn_pad_0_i[0]
HU_SET	string	true	false	
IBUF_DELAY_VALUE	double	true	true	
IBUF_LOW_PWR	bool	false	true	
IFD_DELAY_VALUE	double	true	true	
IN_TERM	enum	true	true	
IOB	enum	false	true	
IOBDELAY	enum	false	true	
IOSTANDARD	string	true	false	LVCMOS18
IO_BUFFER_TYPE	enum	false	true	
IS_CONTAIN_ROUTING	bool	true	true	0
IS_INTERNAL	bool	true	true	0
IS_REUSED	bool	true	true	0
IS_ROUTE_FIXED	bool	false	true	0
KEEP	bool	true	true	
KEEPER	bool	true	true	
LINE_NUMBER	int	true	true	
LOC	string	true	true	
MARK_DEBUG	bool	false	true	0
MAXDELAY	double	true	true	
MAXSKEW	double	true	true	
MAX_FANOUT	string	false	true	
METHODOLOGY_DRC_VIOS	string	false	true	
MULTI_CLOCK_ROOT	string*	false	true	
NAME	string	true	true	DataIn_pad_0_i[0]
NODELAY	bool	true	true	
NOREDUCE	bool	true	true	
OUT_TERM	enum	true	true	
PARENT	string	true	true	DataIn_pad_0_i[0]
PARENT_CELL	string	true	true	
PIN_COUNT	int	true	true	1
PULLDOWN	bool	true	true	
PULLUP	bool	true	true	
PWR_MODE	enum	true	true	
RAM_STYLE	enum	false	true	
REUSE_STATUS	enum	true	true	
RLOC	string	true	true	
RLOC_ORIGIN	string	true	false	
RLOC_RANGE	string	true	false	
ROM_STYLE	enum	false	true	
ROUTE	string	false	true	
RPM_GRID	enum	true	true	
RTL_KEEP	string	true	false	
RTL_MAX_FANOUT	string	true	false	
S	bool	true	true	
SCHMITT_TRIGGER	bool	true	true	
SLEW	string	true	true	
SUSPEND	string	true	true	
TYPE	enum	true	true	SIGNAL
USELOWSKEWLINES	bool	true	true
USE_DSP48	enum	false	true
U_SET	string	true	false
WEIGHT	int	false	true
WIREAND	bool	true	true
XBLKNM	string	true	true
XLNX_LINE_COL	int	false	false
XLNX_LINE_FILE	long	false	false
_HAVE_MD_DT	bool	true	false
async_reg	string	false	true

To report the properties for a net object, you can copy and paste the following command into the Vivado Design Suite Tcl shell or Tcl Console:

report_property -all [lindex [get_nets] 0]