instance Definition

The use of a logic function in a design file. In the Block Editor, the instance is represented by the instance name in the lower left corner of an object; in the Waveform Editor, the instance is the name of the node. In the Symbol Editor, the instance name is a placeholder for the location of the instance in the Block Editor. In AHDL, instances are declared in one of two forms: an Instance Declaration that declares a variable of the type <primitive>, Intel® FPGA IP or <macrofunction>, or an in-line logic function reference. In VHDL, instances of logic functions are declared with a Component Instantiation Statement; registers can also be implemented with Register Inferences. In Verilog HDL, instances are declared with Module Instantiations and Gate Instantiations.

In an AHDL Variable Declaration and a VHDL Component Instantiation Statement, an instance is represented by the instance name followed by a colon and the function name. In a Verilog HDL Module or Gate Instantiation, an instance is represented by the module or gate name followed by the instance name.

In the Signal Tap Logic Analyzer, instances are created in the Instance Manager, and each instance name represents an Embedded Logic Analyzer Intel® FPGA IP.

Each memory resource enabled by an altsyncram, lpm_constant, lpm_ram_dq, and/or lpm_rom Intel® FPGA IP with the Allow In-System Memory Content Editor to capture and update content independently of the system clock option turned on appears as an instance in the In-System Memory Content Editor.