External Memory Interface Handbook Volume 3: Reference Material

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Date 7/24/2019
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5.2.2. DRAM Burst Scheduling

DRAM burst scheduling recognizes addresses that access the same column/row combination—also known as open page accesses. Such operations are always served in the order in which they are received in the single-port controller.

Selection of DRAM operations is a two-stage process; first, each pending transaction must wait for its timers to be eligible for execution, then the transaction arbitrates against other transactions that are also eligible for execution.

The following rules govern transaction arbitration:

  • High priority operations take precedence over lower priority operations
  • If multiple operations are in arbitration, read operations have precedence over write operations
  • If multiple operations still exist, the oldest is served first

A high-priority transaction in the DRAM burst scheduler wins arbitration for that bank immediately if the bank is idle and the high-priority transaction’s chip select/row/column address does not match an address already in the single-port controller. If the bank is not idle, other operations to that bank yield until the high-priority operation is finished. If the address matches another chip select/row/column, the high-priority transaction yeilds until the earlier transaction is completed.

You can force the DRAM burst scheduler to serve transactions in the order that they are received, by setting a bit in the register set.

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