DDRMC - 2020.2 English

Versal ACAP Design Guide (UG1273)

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The DDRMC is a high-efficiency, low-latency integrated DDR memory controller for a variety of applications, including general purpose central processing units (CPUs) as well as other traditional field programmable gate array (FPGA) applications, such as video or network buffering.

The controller operates at half the DRAM clock frequency and supports DDR4, LPDDR4, and LPDDR4X standards up to 4266 Mb/s. The controller can be configured as a single DDR memory interface with data widths of 16, 32, and 64 bits, plus an extra 8 check bits when error-correction code (ECC) is enabled. The controller can also be configured as 2 independent or interleaved DDR interfaces of 16 or 32 data bits each. The controller supports x4, x8, and x16 DDR4 and x32 LPDDR4 components, small outline dual in-line memory modules (SODIMMs), unbuffered DIMMs (UDIMMs), registered DIMMs (RDIMMs), and load-reduced DIMMs (LRDIMMs). The DDRMC is accessed through the NoC. The optimal combination of memory interfaces with various width, type, and speed can be identified by using the Versal ACAP External Memory Pre-Planning Tool (XTP667).

In Versal ACAP, the DDRMC is a system-wide, shared resource. It is shared between the PS and PL via the device-wide, high-performance NoC interface. The NoC IP core can be configured to include one or more integrated DDRMCs. If two or four DDRMCs are selected, the DDRMCs are grouped to form a single interleaved memory. In interleaved mode, the application views the participating DDRMCs as a single unified block of memory. The NoC supports interleaving across two or four DDRMCs by automatically dividing AXI requests into interleaved, block-sized subrequests and alternately sending the subrequests to each of the participating DDRMCs.

Note: You must use the NoC to connect between the PL, PS, CPM, or AI Engine and the DDRMC.

For more information on the DDRMC, see the Versal ACAP Programmable Network on Chip and Integrated Memory Controller LogiCORE IP Product Guide (PG313).

Note: Versal ACAP also supports soft memory controllers in the PL fabric, similar to previous device families.