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AR# 21324

LogiCORE Gigabit Ethernet MAC v5.0 and v6.0 Core - IOSTANDARD constraints for RGMII interface are incorrect

Description

General Description:

The user guide for the Gigabit Ethernet MAC v5.0 and v6.0 Core states that the RGMII interface is designed according to the RGMII v2.0 specification. The RGMII v2.0 specification indicates that HSTL should be used as the IOSTANDARD for the RGMII interface. However, both the constraints section of the user guide and the example ".ucf" file provided with the core use 3.3 LVTTL. Which one is correct and which one should I use?

Solution

The RGMII interface is logically designed according to the RGMII v2.0 specification. Consequently, it should use HSTL as the IOSTANDARD. This will be fixed in a future revision of the core.

To work around this issue, change the IOSTANDARD of the RGMII signals to HSTL.

Although the RGMII interface is logically designed to the RGMII v2.0 specification, it is implemented entirely in the example design. Therefore, if the RGMII v1.2 interface is required, the design could be modified accordingly. The receiver for both versions are logically identical. The transmitter logic for v2.0 forwards the clock in the center of the data valid window (the clock is driven from CLK90, the data from CLK0) while the transmitter logic for v1.2 forwards the clock in sync with the data and relies on a longer trace length of the clock on the PCB to create the clock-to-data skew (therefore, both clock and data are driven from CLK0).

Also, you should always check the PHY Data Sheet to see what IOSTANDARD and RGMII version it expects for its RGMII interface.

AR# 21324
Date Created 09/04/2007
Last Updated 12/15/2012
Status Active
Type General Article