SystemVerilog, VHDL, SVA#

Run verific -sv <files> in the [script] section of you .sby file to read a SystemVerilog source file, and verific -vhdl <files> to read a VHDL source file.

After all source files have been read, run verific -import <topmodule> to import the design elaborated at the specified top module. This step is optional (will be performed automatically) if the top-level module of your design has been read using Verific.

Use read -sv to automatically use Verific to read a source file if Yosys has been built with Verific.

Run yosys -h verific in a terminal window and enter for more information on the verific script command.

Supported SVA Property Syntax#

SVA support in Yosys’ Verific bindings is currently in development. At the time of writing, the following subset of SVA property syntax is supported in concurrent assertions, assumptions, and cover statements when using the verific command in Yosys to read the design.

High-Level Convenience Features#

Most of the high-level convenience features of the SVA language are supported, such as

  • default clockingendclocking

  • default disable iff;

  • propertyendproperty

  • sequenceendsequence

  • checkerendchecker

  • Arguments to sequences, properties, and checkers

  • Storing sequences, properties, and checkers in packages

In addition the SVA-specific features, the SystemVerilog bind statement and deep hierarchical references are supported, simplifying the integration of formal properties with the design under test.

The verific command also allows parsing of VHDL designs and supports binding SystemVerilog modules to VHDL entities and deep hierarchical references from a SystemVerilog formal test-bench into a VHDL design under test.

Expressions in Sequences#

Any standard Verilog boolean expression is supported, as well as the SystemVerilog functions $past, $stable, $changed, $rose, and $fell. This functions can also be used outside of SVA sequences.

Additionally the <sequence>.triggered syntax for checking if the end of any given sequence matches the current cycle is supported in expressions.

Finally the usual SystemVerilog functions such as $countones, $onehot, and $onehot0 are also supported.


Most importantly, expressions and variable-length concatenation are supported:

  • expression

  • sequence ##N sequence

  • sequence ##[*] sequence

  • sequence ##[+] sequence

  • sequence ##[N:M] sequence

  • sequence ##[N:$] sequence

Also variable-length repetition:

  • sequence [*]

  • sequence [+]

  • sequence [*N]

  • sequence [*N:M]

  • sequence [*N:$]

And the following more complex operators:

  • sequence or sequence

  • sequence and sequence

  • expression throughout sequence

  • sequence intersect sequence

  • sequence within sequence

  • first_match( sequence )

  • expression [=N]

  • expression [=N:M]

  • expression [=N:$]

  • expression [->N]

  • expression [->N:M]

  • expression [->N:$]


Currently only a certain set of patterns are supported for SVA properties:

  • [antecedent_condition] sequence

  • [antecedent_condition] not sequence

  • antecedent_condition sequence until_condition

  • antecedent_condition not sequence until_condition

Where antecedent_condition is one of:

  • sequence |->

  • sequence |=>

And until_condition is one of:

  • until expression

  • s_until expression

  • until_with expression

  • s_until_with expression

Clocking and Reset#

The following constructs are supported for clocking and reset in most of the places the SystemVerilog standard permits them. However, properties spanning multiple different clock domains are currently unsupported.

  • @(posedge clock )

  • @(negedge clock )

  • @(posedge clock iff enable )

  • @(negedge clock iff enable )

  • disable iff ( expression )