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AR# 33456

Embedded Tri-Mode Ethernet MAC - The final byte of the Frame Check Sequence (FCS) is duplicated for some transmitted frames


There have been reports of 2 designs implemented in the Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 FPGA Embedded Tri-Mode Ethernet MAC blocks erroneously appending the end of some transmitted frames with an additional byte. This byte is a duplication of the final byte of the FCS.

If this rare issue is encountered, erroneous operation might not be consistent across multiple devices or bitstreams, might not be consistent between power or reset cycles for a given combination of device and bitstream, and will not affect every transmitted frame.

This issue is limited to the following Ethernet MAC configurations:

  • Configurations using the MII physical interface
  • 10 or 100 Mbps operation when using the RGMII physical interface
  • 10 or 100 Mbps operation when using the Tri-speed GMII physical interface (Byte PHY clocking scheme excluded)


The following solution should be used with the LogiCORE IP Embedded Tri-Mode Ethernet MAC Wrapper (Virtex-4 FX family) v4.7 and earlier, and the LogiCORE IP Virtex-5 Embedded Tri-Mode Ethernet MAC Wrapper v1.6 and earlier.

Xilinx has developed logic which can be integrated into the Virtex-4 or Virtex-5 FPGA Ethernet MAC wrapper to correct the erroneous behavior.

It resides on the PHY-side transmit path, and checks each frame for duplication of the final FCS byte. 

If duplication occurs, it corrects the transmit enable signaling to exclude the duplicated byte from the frame.

HDL source code, examples, and further instructions are attached to this Answer Record.

This solution has been integrated into the next release of the LogiCORE IP Embedded Tri-mode Ethernet MAC Wrappers for Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 devices.


Associated Attachments

Name File Size File Type
ar33456.zip 65 KB ZIP
AR# 33456
Date 05/02/2017
Status Active
Type Known Issues
  • Virtex-4 FX
  • Virtex-5 FXT
  • Virtex-5 LXT
  • More
  • Virtex-5 SXT
  • Virtex-5 TXT
  • Less
  • ISE Design Suite - 11.3
  • ISE Design Suite - 11.4
  • Virtex-4 Embedded Tri-Mode Ethernet MAC
  • Virtex-5 Embedded Tri-Mode Ethernet MAC
  • Virtex-5 Embedded Tri-mode Ethernet MAC Wrapper
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