About Clock Groups - 2024.1 English

Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Using Constraints (UG903)

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The Vivado IDE times the paths between all the clocks in your design by default, unless you specify otherwise by using clock groups or false path constraints. The set_clock_groups command disables timing analysis between groups of clocks that you identify, and not between the clocks within the same group. Unlike with the set_false_path constraint, timing is ignored on both directions between the clocks.

Multiple groups of clocks can be specified using the -group option multiple times. If none of the clocks in a group exist in the design, the group becomes empty. The set_clock_groups constraint stays valid only when at least two groups are valid and not empty. If only one group remains valid and all the other groups are empty, then the set_clock_groups constraint is not applied and an error message is generated.

Use the schematic viewer or the clock networks report to visualize the topology of the clock trees, and determine which clocks must not be timed together. You can also use the clock interactions report to review the existing constraints between two clocks, and determine whether they share the same primary clock, specifically if they have a known phase relationship or identify the clocks with no common period (unexpandable).

Ignoring timing analysis between two clocks does not mean that the paths between them will work properly in hardware. In order to prevent metastability, you must verify that these paths have proper re-synchronization circuitry, or asynchronous data transfer protocols.