External Memory Interfaces Intel® Arria® 10 FPGA IP User Guide

ID 683106
Date 12/19/2023

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Document Table of Contents Layout Guidelines for DDR3 and DDR4 SDRAM Wide Interface (>72 bits)

The following topics discuss different ways to lay out a wider DDR3 or DDR4 SDRAM interface to the FPGA. Choose the topology based on board trace simulation and the timing budget of your system.

The EMIF IP supports up to a 144-bit wide DDR3 interface. You can use discrete components or DIMMs to implement a wide interface (any interface wider than 72 bits). Intel recommends using leveling when you implement a wide interface with DDR3 components.

When you lay out for a wider interface, all rules and constraints discussed in the previous sections still apply. The DQS, DQ, and DM signals are point-to-point, and all the same rules discussed in Design Layout Guidelines apply.

The main challenge for the design of the fly-by network topology for the clock, command, and address signals is to avoid signal integrity issues, and to make sure you route the DQS, DQ, and DM signals with the chosen topology.