F-Tile Interlaken Intel® FPGA IP User Guide

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Date 12/04/2023
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4.3.2. Multi-Segment Mode

This section describes the functionality of the multi-segment feature of the F-Tile Interlaken Intel® FPGA IP core. This feature enables you to make better use of the transmit and receive bandwidth. For package sizes smaller than the user data width, this feature becomes important to provide better bandwidth efficiency.

Figure 20. Interlaken Protocol Layer (MAC)- TX and RX Block Diagram

The user data interface block contains the multi-segment blocks, TX and RX regroup. In the TX direction, the TX regroup inserts necessary control words based on the user interface control information before sending downstream for further processing. In the RX direction, the control words of the data received from the striper is stripped off to generate the user data and the extracted control word generates the user interface information.

As shown in the figure below, the bandwidth efficiency of the four-segment case is significantly better than the single-segment case. Each segment supports both Interleaved and Packet transfer modes when you operate the IP in multi-segment mode.

Figure 21. Four Segment versus Single Segment Bandwidth Efficiency Comparison