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Instance Choices

Instance Choices are instances of modules whose targets are configurable post-elaboration. They allow the target of an instance to be chosen from a pre-defined set after elaboration by enabling an option through the ABI or through specialization in the compiler.

Instance choices rely on option groups to specify the available targets attached to each option:

import chisel3.choice.{Case, Group}

object Platform extends Group {
object FPGA extends Case
object ASIC extends Case

The Platform option groups enumerates the list of platforms for which the design can be specialised, such as ASIC or FPGA. Specialization is not mandatory: if an option is left unspecified, a default variant is chosen.

The modules referenced by an instance choice must all specify the same IO interface by deriving from FixedIOBaseModule. The ModuleChoice operator takes the default option and a list of case-module mappings and returns a binding to the IO of the modules.

import chisel3._
import chisel3.choice.ModuleChoice

class TargetIO extends Bundle {
val in = Flipped(UInt(8.W))
val out = UInt(8.W)

class FPGATarget extends FixedIOExtModule[TargetIO](new TargetIO)

class ASICTarget extends FixedIOExtModule[TargetIO](new TargetIO)

class VerifTarget extends FixedIORawModule[TargetIO](new TargetIO)

class SomeModule extends RawModule {
val inst = ModuleChoice(new VerifTarget)(Seq(
Platform.FPGA -> new FPGATarget,
Platform.ASIC -> new ASICTarget