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AR# 35110

MIG Virtex-6 DDR3 - Write Calibration


Write Calibration is a phase performed after power-up/reset in the Virtex-6 MIG DDR3 design's calibration process. Write Calibration is only performed for DDR3 and is performed at the same time as read leveling stage 2. Write Calibration calibrates the number of clock cycles needed to delay DQS and DQ.

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Write Calibration aligns an entire DQS group to the correct CK clock cycles. This compensates for PCB trace delays and I/O buffer delays that exceed a CK cycle. To perform calibration, clock cycles of delay are added until the desired data pattern is read back. At this time, the correct number of cycles has been determined and write calibration completes. Write Calibration is performed on a per-byte basis.

Write Calibration is performed simultaneously with Read Leveling Stage 2. During this period, multiple writes and reads using the same data pattern (FF00AA5555AA9966) are performed to align write calibration and read calibration properly.The writes are shifted while on the read side bitslip and alignment occurs for different bytes.

Additional Information:

  • For detailed information on Write Calibration, please see the DDR2/DDR3 SDRAM Memory Interface Solution > Core Architecture > PHY section of UG406.
  • For information on other calibration stages, please see (Xilinx Answer 34740)
  • For information on debugging calibration errors/failures, please see (Xilinx Answer 34743)

Linked Answer Records

Associated Answer Records

Answer Number Answer Title Version Found Version Resolved
34743 MIG Virtex-6 DDR2/DDR3 - Debugging Calibration Failures N/A N/A
34740 MIG Virtex-6 DDR2/DDR3 - PHY Initialization and Calibration N/A N/A
AR# 35110
Date Created 05/20/2010
Last Updated 12/15/2012
Status Active
Type General Article
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