Bitwise is a library for utilizing Python as a hardware description language

bitwise, hardware, design
pip install bitwise==1.0



Bitwise is a Python library intended to make hardware design and simulation more accessible for software engineers. While it can never replace a true hardware description language, it aims to serve as a useful tool in the hardware design process, allowing a user to build and test their digital circuits in a high-level programming language (i.e. with simpler syntax and more flexible semantics) before implementing them using an HDL.

Getting Started

Refer to the documentation for installation instructions, usage examples, API reference, and more.

Quick Example

The following code creates a half-adder circuit:

Create a half-adder.
import bitwise as bw

def main():
    # initialize inputs
    a = bw.wire.Wire()
    b = bw.wire.Wire()

    # initialize outputs
    sum_ = bw.wire.Wire()
    carry_out = bw.wire.Wire()

    # create circuit
    bw.gate.XORGate2(a, b, sum_)  # XORs a and b and puts the result into sum_
    bw.gate.ANDGate2(a, b, carry_out)  # ANDs a and b and puts the result into carry_out

if __name__ == "__main__":

Interacting with it in a Python session:

In [1]: a.value = 0

In [2]: b.value = 0

In [3]: sum_.value
Out[3]: 0

In [4]: carry_out.value
Out[4]: 0

In [5]: a.value = 1

In [6]: sum_.value
Out[6]: 1

In [7]: carry_out.value
Out[7]: 0

In [8]: b.value = 1

In [9]: sum_.value
Out[9]: 0

In [10]: carry_out.value
Out[10]: 1