Intel® Arria® 10 Transceiver PHY User Guide

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2.6.2. 10GBASE-R, 10GBASE-R with IEEE 1588v2, and 10GBASE-R with FEC Variants

10GBASE-R PHY is the Ethernet-specific physical layer running at a 10.3125-Gbps data rate as defined in Clause 49 of the IEEE 802.3-2008 specification. Arria 10 transceivers can implement 10GBASE-R variants like 10GBASE-R with IEEE 1588v2, and with forward error correction (FEC).

The 10GBASE-R parallel data interface is the 10 Gigabit Media Independent Interface (XGMII) that interfaces with the Media Access Control (MAC), which has the optional Reconciliation Sub-layer (RS).

Figure 54. 10GBASE-R PHY as Part of the IEEE802.3-2008 Open System Interconnection (OSI)


10GBASE-R is a single-channel protocol that runs independently. You can configure the transceivers to implement 10GBASE-R PHY functionality by using the presets of the Native PHY IP. The 10GBASE-R PHY IP is compatible with the 10-Gbps Ethernet MAC Intel® FPGA IP Core Function. The complete PCS and PHY solutions can be used to interface with a third-party PHY MAC layer as well.

The following 10GBASE-R variants area available from presets:

  • 10GBASE-R
  • 10GBASE-R Low Latency
  • 10GBASE-R Register Mode
  • 10GBASE-R w/ KR-FEC

Intel recommends that you use the presets for selecting the suitable 10GBASE-R variants directly if you are configuring through the Native PHY IP core.

Figure 55.  Transceiver Channel Datapath and Clocking for 10GBASE-R

10GBASE-R with IEEE 1588v2

When choosing the 10GBASE-R PHY with IEEE 1588v2 mode preset, the hard TX and RX FIFO are set to register mode. The output clock frequency of tx_clkout and rx_clkout to the FPGA fabric is based on the PCS-PMA interface width. For example, if the PCS-PMA interface is 40-bit, tx_clkout and rx_clkout run at 10.3125 Gbps/40-bit = 257.8125 MHz.

The 10GBASE-R PHY with IEEE 1588v2 creates the soft TX phase compensation FIFO and the RX clock compensation FIFO in the FPGA core so that the effective XGMII data is running at 156.25 MHz interfacing with the MAC layer.

The IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is supported by the preset of the Arria 10 transceiver Native PHY that configures 10GBASE-R PHY IP in IEEE-1588v2 mode. PTP is used for precise synchronization of clocks in applications such as:

  • Distributed systems in telecommunications
  • Power generation and distribution
  • Industrial automation
  • Robotics
  • Data acquisition
  • Test equipment
  • Measurement

The protocol is applicable to systems communicating by local area networks including, but not limited to, Ethernet. The protocol enables heterogeneous systems that include clocks of various inherent precision, resolution, and stability to synchronize to a grandmaster clock.

Figure 56. Transceiver Channel Datapath and Clocking for 10GBASE-R with IEEE 1588v2

10GBASE-R with FEC

Arria 10 10GBASE-R has the optional FEC variant that also targets the 10GBASE-KR PHY. This provides a coding gain to increase the link budget and BER performance on a broader set of backplane channels as defined in Clause 69. It provides additional margin to account for variations in manufacturing and environment conditions. The additional TX FEC sublayer:

  • Receives data from the TX PCS
  • Transcodes 64b/66b words
  • Performs encoding/framing
  • Scrambles and sends the FEC data to the PMA

The RX FEC sublayer:

  • Receives data from the PMA
  • Performs descrambling
  • Achieves FEC framing synchronization
  • Decodes and corrects data where necessary and possible
  • Recodes 64b/66b words and sends the data to the PCS

The 10GBASE-R with KR FEC protocol is a KR FEC sublayer placed between the PCS and PMA sublayers of the 10GBASE-R physical layer.

Figure 57. Transceiver Channel Datapath and Clocking for 10GBASE-R with KR FEC


The CMU PLL or the ATX PLLs generate the TX high speed serial clock.

Figure 58. Clock Generation and Distribution for 10GBASE-R with FEC SupportExample using a 64-bit PCS-PMA interface width.


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