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Arria 10 fPLL lock problem

Hi all, 

 

I have a design that uses the fPLL in Core mode (transceivers are not used) to generate some clocks, 

the problem is that it never finishes the calibration, pll_cal_busy stays high; 

I have a 125MHz USRCLK and the reference clock is also connected to the fPLL dedicated clock input pins, 

 

The question is; do I need the calibration for Core mode? If not how to turn it off? What could cause the calibration to fail? 

 

Thanks in advance for any advice, 

Jakab
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Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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Hi, 

 

Maybe because of reset. 

Have you reset the PLL?Use pll_powerdown to reset. 

If you don't want the pll_cal_busy then use CMU PLL. 

 

Let me know if this has helped resolve the issue you are facing or if you need any further assistance. 

 

 

Best Regards, 

Anand Raj Shankar 

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Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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Hi, 

 

Thank you for the reply. 

 

Adding a reset didn't solve the problem; I disabled the fPLL reset-calibration link with:  

set_global_assignment -name VERILOG_MACRO "ALTERA_XCVR_A10_DISABLE_RESET_CONNECTED_TO_CAL_BUSY=1" 

and now the PLL locks. pll_cal_busy was keeping the PLL in reset. 

 

pll_cal_busy is still active so the question remains:  

Do I need the calibration for the fPLL to work correctly in "Direct" mode? 

 

Best regards, 

Jakab
Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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Hi, 

 

Apologies for the late response. 

 

Calibration is not required. 

I have checked with Reference clock frequency of 40MHz and output clock frequency of 24MHz. 

Also checked with Reference clock frequency of 150MHz and output clock frequency of 50MHz 

The pll_cal_busy signal goes low after 580 ns and pll_locked is asserted. 

 

Also, check below link may be it helps. 

https://www.alteraforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=55008 

 

Best Regards, 

Anand Raj Shankar 

(This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation)
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