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State Machine odd behavior

State Machine odd behavior

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Hi all, I am going nuts trying to figure out a problem with a simple state machine I wrote (shown below). It is just a 3-state design. In simulation I am getting a problem where whenever I am in a non-IDLE state, it first jumps to IDLE before going to the correct state. For instance, I am in READ, going to RUN. The simulation shows me going READ->IDLE->RUN, even though there is no possibility to jump from IDLE state to RUN state. Can anybody give me an idea of what I'm facing? This is quite embarrassing for me, as I am not new to this sort of thing O_O

And yes, I triple checked the state jumping conditions and they are what they are supposed to be.

CODE

parameter IDLE_STATE = 2'b00;
parameter READ_STATE = 2'b01;
parameter RUN_STATE  = 2'b10;

reg [1:0] current_state, next_state;

//current state handling
always @ (posedge clk) begin
    if (rst) current_state <= IDLE_STATE;
    else current_state <= next_state;
end

//next state handling
always @ (posedge clk) begin
    if (rst) next_state <= IDLE_STATE;
    else begin
        case (current_state)
            IDLE_STATE: begin if (!inc_fifo_empty)                 next_state <= READ_STATE;                     else next_state <= IDLE_STATE; end
            READ_STATE:    begin if (command == `CMD_WIDTH'd`RUN)  next_state <= RUN_STATE;                     else next_state <= IDLE_STATE; end
            RUN_STATE : begin if (tests_complete)                  next_state <= IDLE_STATE;                     else next_state <= RUN_STATE;  end
            default: next_state <= next_state;
        endcase
    end
end

RE: State Machine odd behavior

Conventionally, the next_state block would be combinational logic, not sequential logic as you have it.  Try to recode it as something like:

CODE

always @(*) begin
    case (current_state)
        IDLE_STATE: begin
           if (!inc_fifo_empty) next_state = READ_STATE;

 

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