09-15-2020 02:49 PM
Hello, I'm using the Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSOC on a custom board. I am using the Aurora 64B/66B IP and I need some guidance on how to configure the Advanced settings:
How do I determine the Insertion Loss setting?
I'm interfacing the Aurora IP with a Fast Fiber Transceiver.
I used the ZCU 106 board to test out the Aurora IP with it SFP connectors, but I used a different fiber transceiver and left these settings alone. So, I'm not sure if I should leave these at their default settings.
Can anyone give me some help please.
09-15-2020 03:44 PM
It depends on your channel, e.g. PCB geometry, stack-up, board material, etc. For a 10Gbps link, what much loss is there at 5Ghz? Typically extracted based on PCB simulation.
Maybe someone else has a better estimate/rule of thumb, but there's some usage info here:
https://www.xilinx.com/support/answers/57743.html (Xilinx HSSIO Solution Center - Design Assistant Debugging Equalization and Margin Problems)
That said, I think most people leave them at the default values unless you've got a "difficult" channel, e.g. 10G-KR backplane or running at very high rates and the backplane/board wasn't designed for it.
But I'll admit I'm not the high-speed signal integrity expert...
09-15-2020 03:54 PM
It really depends... I'd be surprised if most well designed boards with a short trace runs to a close fiber transceiver had much appreciable channel loss at 1.6GHz... If anything, you might have to decrease the insertion loss setting here.
But again - it depends on the channel (board, connectors, etc.) But I'd certainly be surprised initially if you had to increase the setting based on your description... And don't really have any other rules of thumbs - just a feeling based on some insertion loss plots I've seen here long ago.
09-16-2020 04:58 AM
09-16-2020 01:18 PM
Good question, I'll admit I don't know.
My recommendation would be to use Vivado IBERT to find suitable settings (see ug908 & ug936) for your hardware setup to get an optimium eye/BER and then back those transceiver settings into your Aurora design.
09-16-2020 02:16 PM - edited 09-16-2020 02:17 PM
The TX Bias is measuring at 56mA and should be 7.5mA. Should I try decreasing the insertion loss? Should I try 5 or 10 or even 0?
My numbers are not correct. I believe my problem the fiber cable I'm using.