Low Latency 40- and 100-Gbps Ethernet MAC and PHY MegaCore Function User Guide

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Date 12/28/2017
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3.2.10. Pause Control and Generation Interface

The pause control interface implements flow control as specified by the IEEE 802.3ba 2010 100G Ethernet Standard. If you turn on priority-based flow control, the interface implements the IEEE Standard 802.1Qbb.The pause logic, upon receiving a pause packet, temporarily stops packet transmission, and can pass the pause packets through as normal traffic or drop the pause control frames in the RX direction.

Table 22.  Pause Control and Generation SignalsDescribes the signals that implement pause control. These signals are available only if you turn on flow control in the LL 40-100GbE parameter editor or you upgrade your IP core from an earlier release in which the signals are available in any case.

Signal Name



pause_insert_tx[N-1:0] 8


Level signal which directs the IP core to insert a pause frame for priority traffic class [n] on the Ethernet link. If bit [n] of the TX_PAUSE_EN register has the value of 1, the IP core transmits an XOFF frame when this signal is first asserted. If you enable retransmission, the IP core continues to transmit XOFF frames periodically until the signal is de-asserted. When the signal is deasserted, the IP core inserts an XON frame.

pause_receive_rx[N-1:0] 8


Asserted to indicate an RX pause signal match. The IP core asserts bit [n] of this signal when it receives a pause request with an address match, to signal the TX MAC to throttle its transmissions from priority queue [n] on the Ethernet link.

8 N is the number of priority queues. If the IP core implements Ethernet standard flow control, N is 1.