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AR# 35113

MIG Virtex-6 DDR2/DDR3 PHY - Usage of DQS


The MIG Virtex-6 DDR2/DDR3 design uses an internally generated clock to capture the data on DQ during reads. In previous MIG designs (i.e.,Virtex-5 DDR2), the DQS strobe was used to capture data. Capturing data with an internally generated clock is beneficial because it is a true free-running clock and has no pre-/post-amble glitches as DQS does.

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The DQS from the memory is not directly used to capture the corresponding read data. Read data is captured using an internally generated capture clock. However, the phase of DQS is monitored in the phase detection circuitry during reads and compared to the capture clock. As their phases vary with changing environmental conditions, the capture clock phase is adjusted. For information on the phase detector circuit, see (Xilinx Answer 34480).

In previous architectures, the DQS signal was required to be on a clock capable IO (CCIO), this is not a requirement for Virtex-6, for details see (Xilinx Answer 34543)

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Answer Number Answer Title Version Found Version Resolved
34477 MIG Virtex-6 DDR2/DDR3 - Capture Logic Placement Requirements N/A N/A
34543 MIG Virtex-6 DDR2/DDR3 - DQS I/O Placement N/A N/A
AR# 35113
Date Created 05/21/2010
Last Updated 12/15/2012
Status Active
Type General Article
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