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This function will take a one hot binary vector and encode it into binary. If the left most bit of the one hot input is set, the output is zero.
The function should synthesise to the minimum number of OR gates required to convert one hot to binary.
The function uses unconstrained parameters so it can be reused for a binary vector of any size (n) and a one-hot vector of size 2**n.
library ieee; use ieee.std_logic_1164.all; use ieee.numeric_std.all; entity onehot_binary is port ( onehot_in : in std_logic_vector; binary_out : out std_logic_vector ); begin assert 2**binary_out'length = onehot_in'length severity failure; end; architecture rtl of onehot_binary is function one_hot_to_binary ( One_Hot : std_logic_vector ; size : natural ) return std_logic_vector is variable Bin_Vec_Var : std_logic_vector(size-1 downto 0); begin Bin_Vec_Var := (others => '0'); for I in One_Hot'range loop if One_Hot(I) = '1' then Bin_Vec_Var := Bin_Vec_Var or std_logic_vector(to_unsigned(I,size)); end if; end loop; return Bin_Vec_Var; end function; begin binary_out <= one_hot_to_binary(onehot_in, binary_out'length); end;
How It Works:
The basic idea is simple - when a '1' is found in the onehot vector, the number corresponding to its bit position is placed into the binary output vector. Note that if the input vector is not one hot, the output will be the ORed bit positions of all set bits.
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