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AR# 18387

7.1i XST - "ERROR:HDLCompilers:200 - <file>.v line xx Target of defparam 'A.B' does not exist"


Keywords: Verilog, compiling, compilation

Urgency: Standard

General Description:
When compiling a Verilog design in XST, I receive the following error:

"ERROR:HDLCompilers:200 - <file>.v line xx Target of defparam 'A.B' does not exist"


Parameter overrides can be used with instantiations to override a parameter value assigned in the submodule instantiated. This can be done using the # sign:

lower #(8) u1 (.i(data), .o(value));

or the defparam statement:

lower u1 (.i(data), .o(value));
defparam u1.myparam = 8;

If the second method is used and the parameter value does not exist in the lower level, the error listed above will occur. This is most commonly seen with instantiations of RAM or LUT components from the Xilinx library, but can easily exist with user-defined submodules as well.

To avoid the problem, ensure that the submodule has the parameter declared.
AR# 18387
Date Created 09/03/2007
Last Updated 01/07/2009
Status Archive
Type General Article