Re: VHDL's still a verbose horror, then.
Great to see Chisel getting a mention. It's the way forward for open source hardware; a functional programming language for building up digital logic. Easy to grok, easy to maintain, 100% provable.
BTW, the Google chip thing seems to top out at 40 IOs, so practically zero chance of building a fancy CPU unless it needs next to no memory or next to no connection to the outside world.