0 Replies Latest reply on Apr 9, 2010 4:14 PM by jeff.steele

    GPIF : extra active edges on strobe ???

    jeff.steele
              Hi,   
         
      In AN4051 (Doc No. 001-15284) about the GPIF Flow State feature for   
      UDMA, there is a strange (to me) quote on page 4 :   
         
      "It should be noted that in the case where MSTB is a CTL pin, the   
      GPIF will produce at most one extra active edge on MSTB in response to   
      a not ready indication from the slave."   
         
      So am I interpreting this correctly : if the GPIF is in a flow state   
      and reading data from an external slave, and the slave says "no data   
      available", then the GPIF *might* (or might not) go ahead and read the   
      data anyway ?   
         
         
      If this is the case, how does one deal with this situation ? In my   
      case, I'm reading from a FIFO inside an FPGA, so I can configure it to   
      have an "almost empty" flag in addition to an "empty flag". It would   
      seem that the logic would be to pass the FX2 a signal like :   
         
         
      RDY0 = (almost_empty) OR (empty),   
         
      and have the flowstate use RDY0 to throttle the data. In principle   
      this should transfer all but the final word from the FIFO. ("almost   
      empty" means there is one word remaining.) That, I suppose, could be   
      read from the FIFO by a normal (i.e., not flow-) state of the GPIF.   
         
         
      Is this the right approach ?   
         
      Unfortunately, I gave it a shot and it's not quite working yet.   
      Before pouring too much effort into it, I'd like to know if there's an   
      easier way...   
         
         
      BTW, I am basically just using the GPIF Primer example that   
      writes/reads to an external FIFO. I got rid of the OUT EP and the   
      write, and instead pipe external video data into the FIFO in the   
      FPGA. For the flow state logic I use   
         
      func = (FifoFlag) OR (empty),   
      if (func == 0) assert RE#, clock data   
      if (func == 1) de-assert RE#   
         
         
      where "FifoFlag" is the FX2's FULL flag for the IN EP, and "empty" is   
      the fpga FIFO empty flag.   
         
         
      Thanks