Intel® Arria® 10 Transceiver PHY User Guide

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2.6.2.1. The XGMII Clocking Scheme in 10GBASE-R

The XGMII interface, specified by IEEE 802.3-2008, defines the 32-bit data and 4-bit wide control character. These characters are clocked between the MAC/RS and the PCS at both the positive and negative edge (double data rate – DDR) of the 156.25 MHz interface clock.

The transceivers do not support the XGMII interface to the MAC/RS as defined in the IEEE 802.3-2008 specification. Instead, they support a 64-bit data and 8-bit control single data rate (SDR) interface between the MAC/RS and the PCS.

Figure 59. XGMII Interface (DDR) and Transceiver Interface (SDR) for 10GBASE-R Configurations


Note: Clause 46 of the IEEE 802.3-2008 specification defines the XGMII interface between the 10GBASE-R PCS and the Ethernet MAC/RS.

The dedicated reference clock input to the variants of the 10GBASE-R PHY can be run at either 322.265625 MHz or 644.53125 MHz.

For 10GBASE-R, you must achieve 0 ppm of the frequency between the read clock of TX phase compensation FIFO (PCS data) and the write clock of TX phase compensation FIFO (XGMII data in the FPGA fabric). This can be achieved by using the same reference clock as the transceiver dedicated reference clock input as well as the reference clock input for a core PLL (fPLL, for example) to produce the XGMII clock. The same core PLL can be used to drive the RX XGMII data. This is because the RX clock compensation FIFO is able to handle the frequency PPM difference of ±100 ppm between RX PCS data driven by the RX recovered clock and RX XGMII data.

Note: 10GBASE-R is the single-channel protocol that runs independently. Therefore Intel recommends that you use the presets for selecting the suitable 10GBASE-R variants directly. If it is being configured through the Native PHY IP, the channel bonding option should be disabled. Enabling the channel bonding for multiple channels could degrade the link performance in terms of TX jitter eye and RX jitter tolerance.

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