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AR# 38387

10/100/1000Mbps Soft Logic Ethernet IP Design Assistant - Hardware Debug and Link bring up


This answer record identifies starting points when debugging hardware and link bring up issues with the 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet IP. This is included the Tri-Mode Ethernet MAC core, 1000BASE-X PCS/PMA or SGMII core, and Ethernet Statistics core.

Note: This Answer Record is a part of the Ethernet IP Xilinx Solution Center (Xilinx Answer 38279).The Xilinx Solution Center for Ethernet IP is available to address all questions related to Ethernet IP. Whether you are starting a new design with Ethernet IP cores or troubleshooting a problem, use the Solution Center for Ethernet IP to guide you to the right information.


The Debug Guide at the end of the 1000Base-X PCS/PMA or SGMII Users Guide has a Hardware debug section with guidance on:
  • General Checks for Hardware Debug
  • Problems with the MDIO
  • Problems with Data Reception or Transmission
  • Problems with Auto-Negotiation
  • Problems in Obtaining a Link (Auto-Negotiation Disabled)
  • Problems with a High Bit Error Rate

The User Guide is available at the below link:

Additional guidance for Hardware dubug and link bring up:

  • (Xilinx Answer 29902) Tri-Mode and Embedded Tri-Mode Ethernet MACs - When operating in tri-mode how is the speed selected for the MAC

Linked Answer Records

Master Answer Records

Answer Number Answer Title Version Found Version Resolved
38279 Ethernet IP Solution Center N/A N/A

Associated Answer Records

Answer Number Answer Title Version Found Version Resolved
38349 Ethernet IP Solution Center - 10/100/1000Mbps Soft Logic Ethernet IP Design Assistant N/A N/A
AR# 38387
Date 12/15/2012
Status Active
Type General Article
  • Virtex-4 FX
  • Virtex-4 LX
  • Virtex-4 SX
  • More
  • Virtex-5 FXT
  • Virtex-5 LX
  • Virtex-5 LXT
  • Virtex-5 SXT
  • Virtex-5 TXT
  • Virtex-6 HXT
  • Virtex-6 LX
  • Virtex-6 LXT
  • Virtex-6 SXT
  • Less
  • Ethernet 1000BASE-X PCS/PMA or SGMII
  • Ethernet AVB
  • Ethernet Statistics
  • Tri-Mode Ethernet MAC
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