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Chisel Intrinsics are used to instantiate implementation defined functionality. Intrinsics provide a way for specific compilers to extend the capabilities of the language in ways which are not implementable with library code.

Modules defined as an IntrinsicModule will be instantiated as normal modules, but the intrinsic field communicates to the compiler what functionality to use to implement the module. Implementations may not be actual modules, the module nature of intrinsics is merely for instantiation purposes.

Intrinsics will be typechecked by the implementation. What intrinsics are available is documented by an implementation.


Parameters can be passed as an argument to the IntModule constructor.


This following creates an intrinsic module for the intrinsic named "OtherIntrinsic". It takes a parameter named "STRING" and has several ports.

import chisel3.experimental.IntrinsicModule

class ExampleIntrinsicModule(str: String) extends IntrinsicModule(
Map("STRING" -> str)) {
val foo = IO(new Bundle() {
val in = Input(UInt())
val out = Output(UInt(32.W))