Data stream is always valid when RVS is LOW

Question: Is it guaranteed that the data stream is always valid when RVS is LOW?

 

Answer:

NO. The detection of RVS = HIGH is a sufficient condition to declare that the received character is INVALID. It indicates that the presently received character did not follow one or more of the encoding rules for an 8B/10B coded data stream. However, the detection of RVS = LOW is NOT a sufficient condition to declare that the received character is VALID. It still requires validation against the data packet format used to ensure that the data is OK. If for example, one bit of the character transmitted is corrupted, but it turns out that the corrupted data falls into one of the valid data characters in the encoding table, the receiver will interpret this as normal data instead of asserting RVS = HIGH to indicate error.


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