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Non Determinism.

If we have the following:

  always @(posedge clk) v <= 1;
  always @(posedge clk) v <= 0;

we have a non-deterministic design (banned for synthesis).

Exercise: Here's a more interesting example:

  always @(posedge clk) begin
     v1 = v1 + 10;
     v2 = v3;

  assign v3 = v1 + 1;

What happens here: does the continuous assignment get executed between the assignments of v1 and v2 ?

(C) 2008-10, DJ Greaves, University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory.