18.104.22.168. Pause Frame Reception
When the MAC receives an XOFF pause frame, it stops transmitting frames to the remote partner for a period equal to the pause quanta field of the pause frame. If the MAC receives a pause frame in the middle of a frame transmission, the MAC finishes sending the current frame and then suspends transmission for a period specified by the pause quanta. The MAC resumes transmission when it receives an XON pause frame or when the timer expires. The pause quanta received overrides any counter currently stored. When the remote partner sends more than one pause quanta, the MAC sets the value of the pause to the last quanta it received from the remote partner. You have the option to configure the MAC to ignore pause frames and continue transmitting frames by setting the IGNORE_PAUSE bit in the rx_frame_control register to 1.
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