External Memory Interface Handbook Volume 2: Design Guidelines

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7.4.4.1. Arria 10 EMIF IP DDR3 Parameters: General

Table 151.  Group: General / FPGA
Display Name Identifier Description
Speed grade PHY_FPGA_SPEEDGRADE_GUI Indicates the device speed grade, and whether it is an engineering sample (ES) or production device. This value is based on the device that you select in the parameter editor. If you do not specify a device, the system assumes a default value. Ensure that you always specify the correct device during IP generation, otherwise your IP may not work in hardware.
Table 152.  Group: General / Interface
Display Name Identifier Description
Configuration PHY_CONFIG_ENUM Specifies the configuration of the memory interface. The available options depend on the protocol in use. Options include Hard PHY and Hard Controller, Hard PHY and Soft Controller, or Hard PHY only. If you select Hard PHY only, the AFI interface is exported to allow connection of a custom memory controller or third-party IP.
Instantiate two controllers sharing a Ping Pong PHY PHY_PING_PONG_EN Specifies the instantiation of two identical memory controllers that share an address/command bus through the use of Ping Pong PHY. This parameter is available only if you specify the Hard PHY and Hard Controller option. When this parameter is enabled, the IP exposes two independent Avalon interfaces to the user logic, and a single external memory interface with double width for the data bus and the CS#, CKE, ODT, and CK/CK# signals.
Table 153.  Group: General / Clocks
Display Name Identifier Description
Core clocks sharing PHY_CORE_CLKS_SHARING_ENUM When a design contains multiple interfaces of the same protocol, rate, frequency, and PLL reference clock source, they can share a common set of core clock domains. By sharing core clock domains, they reduce clock network usage and avoid clock synchronization logic between the interfaces. To share core clocks, denote one of the interfaces as "Master", and the remaining interfaces as "Slave". In the RTL, connect the clks_sharing_master_out signal from the master interface to the clks_sharing_slave_in signal of all the slave interfaces. Both master and slave interfaces still expose their own output clock ports in the RTL (for example, emif_usr_clk, afi_clk), but the physical signals are equivalent, hence it does not matter whether a clock port from a master or a slave is used. As the combined width of all interfaces sharing the same core clock increases, you may encounter timing closure difficulty for transfers between the FPGA core and the periphery.
Use recommended PLL reference clock frequency PHY_DDR3_DEFAULT_REF_CLK_FREQ Specifies that the PLL reference clock frequency is automatically calculated for best performance. If you want to specify a different PLL reference clock frequency, uncheck the check box for this parameter.
Memory clock frequency PHY_MEM_CLK_FREQ_MHZ Specifies the operating frequency of the memory interface in MHz. If you change the memory frequency, you should update the memory latency parameters on the "Memory" tab and the memory timing parameters on the "Mem Timing" tab.
Clock rate of user logic PHY_RATE_ENUM Specifies the relationship between the user logic clock frequency and the memory clock frequency. For example, if the memory clock sent from the FPGA to the memory device is toggling at 800MHz, a quarter-rate interface means that the user logic in the FPGA runs at 200MHz.
PLL reference clock frequency PHY_REF_CLK_FREQ_MHZ Specifies the PLL reference clock frequency. You must configure this parameter only if you do not check the "Use recommended PLL reference clock frequency" parameter. To configure this parameter, select a valid PLL reference clock frequency from the list. The values in the list can change if you change the memory interface frequency and/or the clock rate of the user logic. For best jitter performance, you should use the fastest possible PLL reference clock frequency.
PLL reference clock jitter PHY_REF_CLK_JITTER_PS Specifies the peak-to-peak jitter on the PLL reference clock source. The clock source of the PLL reference clock must meet or exceed the following jitter requirements: 10ps peak to peak, or 1.42ps RMS at 1e-12 BER, 1.22ps at 1e-16 BER.
Specify additional core clocks based on existing PLL PLL_ADD_EXTRA_CLKS Displays additional parameters allowing you to create additional output clocks based on the existing PLL. This parameter provides an alternative clock-generation mechanism for when your design exhausts available PLL resources. The additional output clocks that you create can be fed into the core. Clock signals created with this parameter are synchronous to each other, but asynchronous to the memory interface core clock domains (such as emif_usr_clk or afi_clk). You must follow proper clock-domain-crossing techniques when transferring data between clock domains.
Table 154.  Group: General / Additional Core Clocks
Display Name Identifier Description
Number of additional core clocks PLL_USER_NUM_OF_EXTRA_CLKS Specifies the number of additional output clocks to create from the PLL.

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