AR# 1657: Foundation: How to use a library macro as a template for a user-defined macro
Foundation: How to use a library macro as a template for a user-defined macro
There may be some problems with simulating a macro created by copying a Xilinx Library macro using the File -> Save As command, then editing the macro to customize it.
This solution record outlines the recommended method of creating a user-defined macro by copying part or all of an existing library macro.
1. From the Foundation Schematic Editor, open up a sheet (you can open an existing sheet, or create a new sheet). This will be your "scratch pad". 2. Select File -> New Sheet to open up a new sheet (the default name will be <design_name>2.SCH). 3. In the scratch pad, add the library macro you wish to use as a template and push down into its schematic. 4. Using the mouse, select the part of the schematic you want to copy. 5. Select Edit -> Copy to copy the selected logic. 6. Select the <design_name>2 Window and select Edit -> Paste. Place the copied logic onto the schematic. 7. Edit the <design_name)2 schematic (add logic, nets, attributes, etc.) 8. Select File -> Save As and enter the name for the new macro (do not use the same name as any Xilinx Library macro). 9. Select Hierarchy -> Create Macro Symbol from Current Sheet. This will make a symbol and link the symbol to the schematic as a user-defined macro. 10. In the Create Symbol dialog, change the Symbol Name field to match the name of the edited schematic. 11. Edit the symbol if desired. 12. Save and close the symbol and the edited schematic. 13. Now the newly created macro will show up in the SC Symbols list when you want to add a component. If the macro does not appear in the list, select File -> Update Libraries.