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AR# 20046

Spartan-3/-3E - Should BUSY signal be monitored for SelectMAP readback?


For Spartan-3/-3E SelectMAP readback, the BUSY signal must be monitored even when the configuration clock (CCLK) frequency during readback is below 50 MHz. Failure to monitor the BUSY signal can result in incorrect readback of data.

NOTE: The Xilinx programming software was designed to monitor this signal, so this is not a problem. This solution applies to custom SelectMAP configuration solution designs.


There is an asynchronous handshake between the external clock (CCLK) and the internal configuration clock (BUS_CLK) for SelectMAP, which makes it impossible to quote a fixed number of CCLK cycles before BUSY goes Low. You can use one of the following solutions to solve this issue:

- Use logic that detects the BUSY pin state.

- Wait some period of time before attempting to read the data.

It takes approximately ten BUS_CLK cycles from the time the SelectMAP port receives the readback header to the time the readback buffer is full, at which time BUSY will go Low on the next CCLK positive edge. BUS_CLK typically runs at between 50 and 70 MHz. After the read header is loaded, CS_B is deasserted while you change RDWR_B to read mode. As a result, if you wait approximately 1 us before asserting CS_B again, BUSY should go Low after the next positive CCLK edge.

AR# 20046
日期 12/15/2012
状态 Active
Type 综合文章