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AR# 42977

MIG Virtex-6 DDR3 - Efficiency at BC4 (Burst Chop 4) Mode


What about efficiency at BC4 mode? Is it proper for high-volume data transfer?

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Due to the 8n-prefetch architecture of DDR3, one burst must be 8 bits. Burst chop 4 (BC4) mode uses internal control signals to select only the first 4 bits of data to read or write. So, the entire command excution time for BL8 and BC4 is the same. If you are using a valid data cycle and total clock cycle to calculate efficiency, BC4 has a very low efficiency (lower than 50%). For a large data transfer and high-bandwidth application, BC4 is not suitable. For maximum efficiency, please run the actual data pattern simulation as described in (Xilinx Answer 36719).

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AR# 42977
Date 12/15/2012
Status Active
Type General Article
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