Device Family: Intel® Arria® 10 GT, Intel® Arria® 10 GX, Intel® Arria® 10 SX

Type: Answers

Area: EMIF, Intellectual Property


IP Product: DDR4 Hilo Daughter Card

Are there any known issues with tCCD_S behavior in the Arria 10 FPGA DDR4 IP?

Description

When using an Arria® 10 quarter-rate DDR4 controller in the Quartus® II software version 14.1, you may find the CAS_n-to-CAS_n command delay to different bank groups does not meet the tCCD_S parameter setting in the Arria 10 DDR4 IP GUI. For example, you may set tCCD_S as 4 in the GUI, but the simulation waveform shows it is 8. This results in gaps between consecutive read or write transactions.

Workaround/Fix

As a workaround, you can change the following parameters

From: 
.SEC_HMC_CFG_RD_TO_RD_DIFF_BG              (2),
.PRI_HMC_CFG_RD_TO_RD_DIFF_BG              (2),
.SEC_HMC_CFG_WR_TO_WR_DIFF_BG              (2),
.PRI_HMC_CFG_WR_TO_WR_DIFF_BG              (2),

 To:
.SEC_HMC_CFG_RD_TO_RD_DIFF_BG              (1),
.PRI_HMC_CFG_RD_TO_RD_DIFF_BG              (1),
.SEC_HMC_CFG_WR_TO_WR_DIFF_BG              (1),
.PRI_HMC_CFG_WR_TO_WR_DIFF_BG              (1),

These parameters exist in the following files for synthesis or simulation purposes:

  • <working_dir>/emif_<instance_num>_example_design/sim/altera_emif_<acds version>/sim/ ed_sim_altera_emif_<acds version>_*.v
  • <working_dir>/emif_<instance_num>_example_design/qii/altera_emif_<acds version>/synth/ ed_synth_altera_emif_<acds version>_*.v
  • <working_dir>/<core_name>/altera_emif_<acds version>/synth/<core_name>_altera_emif_<acds version>_*.v
  • <working_dir>/<core_name>/altera_emif_<acds version>/sim/<core_name>_altera_emif_<acds version>_*.v

This issue is scheduled to be fixed in a future release of the Quartus II software.