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Visitor wideswath
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Using VRP as general purpose i/o

I'm using one of the VRP pins, in a bank not utilizing DCI, as an output in a design on an ultrascale part.  My understanding is that there is no issue with this configuration.  However, I later found a note from Xilinx in a app note that says using VRP as i/o should be a last resort and may make impedance unstable in the bank - it isn't clear if that note only pertains to DCI or if it's applicable to general use.  Can anyone clarify this point?  Are there any consequences of using VRP as general i/o when not using DCI?  Does anything special have to be configured so that VRP will work as an i/o?

 

Thanks.

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Re: Using VRP as general purpose i/o

w,

I do not see anything regarding UltraScale for this situation -- what document are you referring to?

 

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Visitor wideswath
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Re: Using VRP as general purpose i/o

This is what I came across

 

"With DCI disabled, the VRP pin, in each bank can be used as a single ended I/O, however impedance control and termination for all I/O within the bank will be very poor and therefore should be used as a last resort for additional I/O. DCI is disabled by setting the DCITERMDISABLE flag = 1"

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Re: Using VRP as general purpose i/o

First,

Yes, if you require DCI in that bank, then using the VRP as IO will interfere with that.  But, other than that obvious case, is that note from a UltraScale document?

 

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Visitor wideswath
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Re: Using VRP as general purpose i/o

It was provided to me by a colleague.  I'll have to double check.  But since I'm not using DCI, using VRP as i/o should be completely fine, right?

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Re: Using VRP as general purpose i/o

I did not find any related caution for UltraScale,

 

But, I did not read every link I found.

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Visitor wideswath
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Re: Using VRP as general purpose i/o

Thank you for checking.

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