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Hi Mates I am getting following errors when I start simulating my

Delta count overflow - stopped. Try to increase the iterations limit
in simulator preferences.
# Fatal error occurred during simulation.

How to remove this error ?

Thanking you in advance .


Re: Error please Help
If you're using ModelSim, you can change the iteration limit from the
Simuluation Options window. You can also change it in modelsim.ini file.

Jim Wu

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Re: Error please Help
This is usually caused by an error in the original VHDL that results in an
infinite loop which consumes zero simulation time. Raising the maximum delta
limit is fairly pointless, since you probably have an infinite loop...

The usual error is a process with neither a sensitivity list nor a wait
statement eg:
  if (Reset = '1') then
    sig <= '0';
  elsif (Rising_edge(Clk)) then
    sig <= D;
  end if;
end process;

Processes with feedback can cause errors. Try this concurrent statement and
see what happens!:
sig <= not sig;

Alternatively, you may have a process with wait statments inside a while
loop/if statement etc that means the wait is bypassed for some reason eg:

  if (Ready = '1') then
    -- do something
    wait for 10 ns;
  end if;
end process;

What happens to this process if Ready /= '1' ???

Also test bench processes which are supposed to run only once and terminate,
but have a missing wait; at the end. This particular example won't give a
delta limit error, but illustrates what I mean:
  A <= "000";
  wait for 10 ns;
  A <= "010";
  wait for 10 ns;
  A <= "100";
  -- wait; -- this effectively stops this process
end process;



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Re: Error please Help
The given process will never stop executing but it will NOT generate the
delta count overflow.
(In the example the tool probably raised a warning missing wait statement
during compilation/analyzing).

A simple example that generates delta count is the following CONCURRENT
y <= NOT y;

In general increasing the upper limit of the delta count will not help.
Check the
VHDL description. If you can not find the 'loop' it maybe possible to
perform a
step by step simulation (in combination with a break), depending on your
simulation environment.

Egbert Molenkamp

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For Modelsim, even a not very big loop would cause the problem as the
default limit is 5000.

Jim Wu

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