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Unused MGTREFCLK pins

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Hello,

I'm working on a Kintex Ultrascale FPGA PCB design with a requirement that no pins are to be left floating.  I'm having trouble with the MGTREFCLK pins, as UG576 instructs to leave unused MGTREFCLK pins floating.  Is it safe to connect these to ground?

Thanks,

Pete.

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Re: Unused MGTREFCLK pins

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why no pins to be left floating ?

if you must connect them, try 10nf to ground, it will do no harm and meet your design constraints.

Do not ground the pins, as they have internal bias,
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Re: Unused MGTREFCLK pins

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why no pins to be left floating ?

if you must connect them, try 10nf to ground, it will do no harm and meet your design constraints.

Do not ground the pins, as they have internal bias,
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Re: Unused MGTREFCLK pins

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Thanks for this John. The reason for not leaving floating pins is to avoid a buildup of static on disconnected copper. I see from Figure 5-6 of UG 576 that the bias is through 50 Ohms to 4/5 MGTAVCC. Seeing that I'm already powering this supply, this means that I am actually safe to leave these disconnected.

Many thanks!
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Re: Unused MGTREFCLK pins

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I agree,

 

but I bet every time that circuit gets reviewed some one will object to "floating" pins,

  suggets big not eon Schematic next to pin spointing at the data sheet reference page.

 

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