Fillwords IDLE vs ARBff (one last time)

I’ve written about fillwords a lot (see here, here, and here) but I didn’t show you much about the different symptoms an incorrect fillword setting may incur.

As you’ve seen fillwords are a very nifty way of maintaining bit and word-sync on a serial transmission link when no actual frames are sent. Furthermore they also are replaceable with other primitive signals (Like R_RDY, VC_RDY etc) to utilize a very simple instruction method between two ports without interfering with actual frames. That means that fillwords are ALWAYS squeezed in between frames.


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About Erwin van Londen

Master Technical Analyst at Hitachi Data Systems
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