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PG074 Aurora 64B/66B LogiCORE IP Product Guide

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This product guide describes the function and operation of the LogiCORE™ IP Aurora 64B/66B core and provides information about designing, customizing, and implementing the core.

Aurora 64B/66B is a lightweight, serial communications protocol for multi-gigabit links ( This Figure ). It is used to transfer data between devices using one or many GTX, GTH or GTY transceivers. Connections can be full-duplex (data in both directions) or simplex (data in either one of the directions).

The Aurora 64B/66B core supports the AMBA® protocol AXI4-Stream user interface. It implements the Aurora 64B/66B protocol using the high-speed serial GTX, GTH or GTY transceivers in applicable Versal ACAP, UltraScale+, UltraScale™, Zynq®-7000 , Virtex®-7, and Kintex®-7 devices. A single instance of Aurora 64B/66B core can use up to 16 valid consecutive lanes on GTX, GTH, or GTY transceivers running at any supported line rate to provide a low-cost, general-purpose, data channel with throughput from 500 Mb/s to over 400 Gb/s.

Aurora 64B/66B cores are verified for protocol compliance using an array of automated simulation tests.

Figure 1-1: Aurora 64B/66B Channel Overview

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Aurora 64B/66B cores automatically initialize a channel when they are connected to an Aurora 64B/66B channel partner. After initialization, applications can pass data across the channel as frames or streams of data. Aurora 64B/66B frames can be of any size, and can be interrupted any time by high priority requests. Gaps between valid data bytes are automatically filled with idles to maintain lock and prevent excessive electromagnetic interference. Flow control is optional in Aurora 64B/66B , and can be used to throttle the link partner transmit data rate, or to send brief, high-priority messages through the channel.

Streams are implemented in Aurora 64B/66B as a single, unending frame. Whenever data is not being transmitted, idles are transmitted to keep the link alive. Excessive bit errors, disconnections, or equipment failures cause the core to reset and attempt to initialize a new channel. The Aurora 64B/66B core can support a maximum of two symbols skew in the receipt of a multi-lane channel. The Aurora 64B/66B protocol uses 64B/66B encoding. The 64B/66B encoding offers theoretical improved performance because of its very low (3%) transmission overhead, compared to 25% overhead for 8B/10B encoding.

1. Although the Aurora 64B/66B core is a fully-verified solution, the challenge associated with
implementing a complete design varies depending on the configuration and functionality of the
application. For best results, prior experience in building high-performance, pipelined FPGA designs
using Xilinx implementation tools and Xilinx® Design Constraints (XDC) user constraints files is
2. Consult the PCB design requirements information in the UltraScale FPGAs GTH Transceivers User
(UG576) [Ref 5] , UltraScale FPGAs GTY Transceivers User Guide (UG578) [Ref 6] , 7 Series     FPGAs GTX/GTH Transceivers User Guide (UG476) [Ref 7] ,Versal ACAP GTY Transceivers Architecture Manual (AM002) [Ref 30] and Versal ACAP GTM Transceivers Architecture Manual (AM017) [Ref 33] . Contact your local Xilinx representative for a closer review and estimation for your specific requirements.