Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition User Guide: Scripting

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Date 12/13/2021

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Document Table of Contents create_generated_clock (::quartus::sdc)

The following table displays information for the create_generated_clock Tcl command:

Tcl Package and Version

Belongs to ::quartus::sdc

Syntax create_generated_clock [-h | -help] [-long_help] [-add] [-divide_by <factor> ] [-duty_cycle <percent> ] [-edge_shift <shift_list> ] [-edges <edge_list> ] [-invert] [-master_clock <clock> ] [-multiply_by <factor> ] [-name <clock_name> ] [-offset <time> ] [-phase <degrees> ] [-source <clock_source> ] [ <targets> ]
Arguments -h | -help Short help
-long_help Long help with examples and possible return values
-add Add clock to existing clock node
-divide_by <factor> Division factor
-duty_cycle <percent> Specifies the duty cycle as a percentage of the clock period--accepts floating point values
-edge_shift <shift_list> List of edge shifts
-edges <edge_list> List of edge values
-invert Invert the clock waveform
-master_clock <clock> Specifies clock of the source node
-multiply_by <factor> Multiplication factor
-name <clock_name> Name of generated clock
-offset <time> Specifies the offset as an absolute time shift
-phase <degrees> Specifies the phase shift in degrees
-source <clock_source> Source node for the generated clock
<targets> List or collection of targets
Defines an internally generated clock. If -name is not specified, 
the clock name is the same as the first target in the list or
collection. The clock name is used to refer to the clock in other

If a clock with the same name is already assigned to a given
target, the create_generated_clock command overwrites the
existing clock. If a clock with a different name exists on the
given target, the create_generated_clock command is ignored
unless the -add option is used. The -add option can be used to
assign multiple clocks to a pin or port, and is recommended be
used with -master_clock option.

The source of the generated clock, specified by -source, is a
port, pin, register, or net in the design. All waveform
modifications are relative to this point. If more than one clock
feeds the source node, the -master_clock option must be used to
specify which clock to modify.

The source latency of the generated clock is based on the clock
network of the generated clock, and not the clock network of the
node specified using -source. This latency is added to any
source latency of the master clock.

If no target is specified, the clock is treated as a virtual clock.
In that case, the source latency of the generated clock will be 
equal to the source latency of the master clock, plus any added 
latency specified with set_clock_latency.

The -divide_by, -multiply_by, -invert, -duty_cycle, -edges, and
-edge_shift options modify the waveform relative to the waveform
at the source node.

Clock division and multiplication, using -divide_by and
-multiply_by, is performed relative to the first rising
edge. Clock division is based on edges in the master clock
waveform, and scaled if the division is an odd number. Use the
-duty_cycle option to specify the new duty cycle for clock
multiplication. Use the -phase option to specify any phase shift
relative to the new clock period. Use the -offset option to
specify an arbitrary offset or time shift. Use the -invert
option to invert the generated waveform.  The -phase and -duty_cycle
options may be specified as a decimal value (e.g. 22.5) or
as a ratio of two numbers (e.g. 45/2).  The latter form may  
improve Timing Analyzer accuracy when detecting relationships between
related clocks.

Clock generation can also be specified with the -edges and
-edge_shift options. The -edges option accepts a list of three
numbers specifying the master clock edges to use for the first
rising edge, the next falling edge, and next rising edge. Edges
of the master clock are labeled according to the first rising
edge (1), next falling edge (2), next rising edge (3), etc. For
example, a basic clock divider can be specified equivalently
with -divide_by 2 or -edges {1 3 5}. The -edge_shift option
accepts a list of three time values, the amount to shift each of
the three edges.

The value of the targets is either a collection or a Tcl list of