PL SYSREF Capture - 2.6 English

Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC RF Data Converter Gen 1/2/3/DFE LogiCORE IP Product Guide (PG269)

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To guarantee effective synchronization between tiles, it is important to reliably capture the PL SYSREF input in the device logic. The PL SYSREF and PL clock inputs must be differential signals that obey the clock and banking rules for the device. The PL clock input must be on a dedicated clock pin. The AXI4-Stream clocks for the Zynq® UltraScale+™ RF Data Converter core must be generated from the PL clock input and not from the clock outputs from the core itself. The following figure shows an example PL SYSREF capture circuit where the RF-ADC and RF-DAC are operating at the same AXI4-Stream clock frequency.

Figure 1. Example PL SYSREF Capture

The report_datasheet command can be used in the Vivado IDE to calculate the required setup and hold times for the PL SYSREF input at the device pins. The following figure shows an example calculation for a -1 speed grade device with a 500 MHz PL clock.

Figure 2. Setup and Hold Report
Table 1. Setup and Hold Report
Reference Clock Input Port Setup (ns) to Clk (Edge) Hold (ns) to Clk (Edge)
pl_clk pl_sysref_n 0.965 (r) 0.285 (r)
pl_clk pl_sysref_p 0.965 (r) 0.285 (r)

In the example above, the PL SYSREF must be delayed to arrive at least 0.285 ns after the rising edge of the PL clock to ensure the hold requirement is met. For each new design, or when the design is changed, the report_datasheet step should be run to reevaluate the setup and hold requirements. If the RF-ADC and RF-DAC are operating at different AXI4-Stream clock frequencies, the circuit shown in the following figure can be used to capture PL SYSREF.

Figure 3. Example PL SYSREF Capture for Different Clock Rates

Here, the clock network deskew MMCMs are used to synthesize the frequency of the PL clock to the required rates. The PL clock must be a common multiple or sub-multiple of the RF-ADC and RF-DAC AXI4-Stream clocks if MTS across multiple tiles is required (provided it is related by an integer value (for example, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x)). In addition, the PL SYSREF frequency must be a common sub-multiple of all the clocks in the system.