Rev. 21.1.13, 5 April 2021

22.6.1 Connect Instances Using New Ports

In order to connect two entity instances using new ports, you must specify the output instance (the signal source) and the input instance (the signal destination). New ports will be created across the design hierarchy as needed, in order to propagate the signal.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This feature is currently supported only in the Old Design Hierarchy View. To switch to/from the Old Design Hierarchy View, go to Window > Preferences > DVT and toggle Switch to Old Design Hierarchy View

  1. Press the Select Top button and pick one of the available design tops.

  2. Press the Show Connect Toolbar button to bring up the Connect Instances Toolbar .

  3. Right click on an instance and select Connect Output from the context menu.

    The output instance is presented in the connect toolbar Output textbox:

  4. Select another instance, right click and Connect Input.

    The input instance is presented in the connect toolbar Input textbox along the previous set output instance:

  5. You can Preview Structural Changes in the Design Hierarchy .

  6. Press the Connect button. The Refactor Connect dialog pops-up. Here you can tune the port and signal names, as well as other refactoring parameters.

  7. Press the Preview button to preview the source code changes:

  8. Press the OK button in order to perform the changes.

Note 1: If something is wrong (ex: port name already exists) the Refactor Connect operation will give you the cause of the problem and pause. You can go back and make the necessary changes.

Note 2: You can undo the whole refactoring operation using Undo ( Ctrl+Z).