Intel® Arria® 10 Transceiver PHY User Guide

ID 683617
Date 3/28/2022
Document Table of Contents 8B/10B Encoder

The 8B/10B encoder takes in 8-bit data and 1-bit control as input and converts them into a 10-bit output. The 8B/10B encoder automatically performs running disparity check for the 10-bit output. Additionally, the 8B/10B encoder can control the running disparity manually using the tx_forcedisp and tx_dispval ports.

Figure 257. 8B/10B Encoder Block Diagrams

When the PCS-PMA interface width is 10 bits, one 8B/10B encoder is used to convert the 8-bit data into a 10-bit output. When the PCS-PMA interface width is 20 bits, two cascaded 8B/10B encoders are used to convert the 16-bit data into a 20-bit output. The first eight bits (LSByte) is encoded by the first 8B/10B encoder and the next eight bits (MSByte) is encoded by the second 8B/10B encoder. The running disparity of the LSByte is calculated first and passed on to the second encoder to calculate the running disparity of the MSByte.

Note: You cannot enable the 8B/10B encoder when the PCS-PMA interface width is 8 bits or 16 bits.

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