AN 952: Intel® Arria® 10 and Intel® Stratix® 10 HDMI 2.1 System Design Guidelines

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Date 6/21/2022
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3. Prerequisites and Scope

Before you begin, Intel® recommends that you do the following:
  1. Understand all HDMI 2.1 CTS requirements per HDMI.Org and strive to meet both Protocol and Electrical Specifications.
  2. Refer to all existing platform level resources such as Development Kit Guides, Platform Design Guides (PDG), and Application Notes (AN).

You can use an existing development kit together with this system design guide to enable a HDMI 2.1 capable system. If you require an accelerated Time to Market (TTM) product roadmap, you can use the daughtercard design recommendations and Intel development kit. If you choose to create a proprietary design, use this guide to help you develop a compliant design that saves time and cost.

The reference design has passed HDMI 2.1 CTS test suite, with electrical attributes characterized by Electrical Validation and settings optimized to development kit setup.

Protect your silicon from damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) events in a typical usage model. Intel® Arria® 10 and Intel® Stratix® 10 devices that use redrivers or retimers do not require additional ESD clamp circuitry. Do assess the ESD requirements of your design.

While the recommendations in this guide are based on HDMI 2.1 daughtercard development iterations, they are also applicable to other board topologies. Therefore, in these subsequent pages, this document uses the PCB panel to describe the design in general.