The Texas Instruments TSB43AB23 device is an integrated 1394a-2000 OHCI PHY/link-layer controller (LLC) device
that is fully compliant with the PCI Local Bus Specification, the PCI Bus Power Management Interface Specification
(Revision 1.1), IEEE Std 1394-1995, IEEE Std 1394a-2000, and the 1394 Open Host Controller Interface
Specification (Release 1.1). It is capable of transferring data between the 33-MHz PCI bus and the 1394 bus at
100M bits/s, 200M bits/s, and 400M bits/s. The TSB43AB23 device provides three 1394 ports that have separate
cable bias (TPBIAS). The TSB43AB23 device also supports the IEEE Std 1394a-2000 power-down features for
battery-operated applications and arbitration enhancements.
As required by the 1394 Open Host Controller Interface Specification (OHCI) and IEEE Std 1394a-2000, internal
control registers are memory-mapped and nonprefetchable. The PCI configuration header is accessed through
configuration cycles specified by PCI, and it provides plug-and-play (PnP) compatibility. Furthermore, the
TSB43AB23 device is compliant with the PCI Bus Power Management Interface Specification as specified by the
PC 2001 Design Guide requirements. The TSB43AB23 device supports the D0, D1, D2, and D3 power states.
The TSB43AB23 design provides PCI bus master bursting, and it is capable of transferring a cacheline of data at
132M bytes/s after connection to the memory controller. Because PCI latency can be large, deep FIFOs are provided
to buffer the 1394 data.
The TSB43AB23 device provides physical write posting buffers and a highly-tuned physical data path for SBP-2
performance. The TSB43AB23 device also provides multiple isochronous contexts, multiple cacheline burst
transfers, and advanced internal arbitration.
An advanced CMOS process achieves low power consumption and allows the TSB43AB23 device to operate at PCI
clock rates up to 33 MHz.
The TSB43AB23 PHY-layer provides the digital and analog transceiver functions needed to implement a three-port
node in a cable-based 1394 network. Each cable port incorporates two differential line transceivers. The transceivers
include circuitry to monitor the line conditions as needed for determining connection status, for initialization and
arbitration, and for packet reception and transmission.
The TSB43AB23 PHY-layer requires only an external 24.576-MHz crystal as a reference for the cable ports. An
external clock may be provided instead of a crystal. An internal oscillator drives an internal phase-locked loop (PLL),
which generates the required 393.216-MHz reference signal. This reference signal is internally divided to provide the
clock signals that control transmission of the outbound encoded strobe and data information. A 49.152-MHz clock
signal is supplied to the integrated LLC for synchronization and is used for resynchronization of the received data.
Data bits to be transmitted through the cable ports are received from the integrated LLC and are latched internally
in synchronization with the 49.152-MHz system clock. These bits are combined serially, encoded, and transmitted
at 98.304M, 196.608M, or 393.216M bits/s (referred to as S100, S200, or S400 speeds, respectively) as the outbound
data-strobe information stream. During transmission, the encoded data information is transmitted differentially on the
twisted-pair B (TPB) cable pair(s), and the encoded strobe information is transmitted differentially on the twisted-pair
A (TPA) cable pair(s).
During packet reception, the TPA and TPB transmitters of the receiving cable port are disabled, and the receivers
for that port are enabled. The encoded data information is received on the TPA cable pair, and the encoded strobe
information is received on the TPB cable pair. The received data-strobe information is decoded to recover the receive
clock signal and the serial data bits. The serial data bits are resynchronized to the local 49.152-MHz system clock
and sent to the integrated LLC. The received data is also transmitted (repeated) on the other active (connected) cable
Both the TPA and TPB cable interfaces incorporate differential comparators to monitor the line states during
initialization and arbitration. The outputs of these comparators are used by the internal logic to determine the
arbitration status. The TPA channel monitors the incoming cable common-mode voltage. The value of this
common-mode voltage is used during arbitration to set the speed of the next packet transmission. In addition, the
TPB channel monitors the incoming cable common-mode voltage on the TPB pair for the presence of the remotely
supplied twisted-pair bias voltage.
The TSB43AB23 device provides a 1.86-V nominal bias voltage at the TPBIAS terminal for port termination. The PHY
layer contains two independent TPBIAS circuits. This bias voltage, when seen through a cable by a remote receiver,
indicates the presence of an active connection. This bias voltage source must be stabilized by an external filter
capacitor of 1.0 µF.
The line drivers in the TSB43AB23 device operate in a high-impedance current mode and are designed to work with
external 112- cable impedance. One network is
provided at each end of a twisted-pair cable. Each network is composed of a pair of series-connected 56- resistors.
The midpoint of the pair of resistors that is directly connected to the TPA terminals is connected to its corresponding
TPBIAS voltage terminal. The midpoint of the pair of resistors that is directly connected to the TPB terminals is
coupled to ground through a parallel R-C network with recommended values of 5 k and 220 pF. The values of the
external line-termination resistors are designed to meet the standard specifications when connected in parallel with
the internal receiver circuits. An external resistor connected between the R0 and R1 terminals sets the driver output
current and other internal operating currents. This current-setting resistor has a value of 6.34 k ±1%.
When the power supply of the TSB43AB23 device is off and the twisted-pair cables are connected, the TSB43AB23
transmitter and receiver circuitry present a high impedance to the cable and do not load the TPBIAS voltage at the
other end of the cable.
When the device is in a low-power state (for example, D2 or D3) the TSB43AB23 device automatically enters a
low-power mode if all ports are inactive (disconnected, disabled, or suspended). In this low-power mode, the
TSB43AB23 device disables its internal clock generators and also disables various voltage and current reference
circuits, depending on the state of the ports (some reference circuitry must remain active in order to detect new cable
connections, disconnections, or incoming TPBIAS, for example). The lowest power consumption (the ultralow-power
sleep mode) is attained when all ports are either disconnected or disabled with the port interrupt enable bit cleared.
The TSB43AB23 device exits the low-power mode when bit 19 (LPS) in the host controller control register at OHCI
offset 50h/54h (see Section 4.16, Host Controller Control Register) is set to 1 or when a port event occurs which
requires that the TSB43AB23 device to become active in order to respond to the event or to notify the LLC of the event
(for example, incoming bias is detected on a suspended port, a disconnection is detected on a suspended port, or
a new connection is detected on a nondisabled port). When the TSB43AB23 device is in the low-power mode, the
internal 49.153-MHz clock becomes active (and the integrated PHY layer becomes operative) within 2 ms after bit 19
(LPS) in the host controller control register at OHCI offset 50h/54h (see Section 4.16, Host Controller Control
Register) is set to 1.
The TSB43AB23 device supports hardware enhancements to better support digital video (DV) and MPEG data
stream reception and transmission. These enhancements are enabled through the isochronous receive digital video
enhancements register at OHCI offset A88h (see Chapter 5, TI Extension Registers). The enhancements include
automatic timestamp insertion for transmitted DV and MPEG-formatted streams and common isochronous packet
(CIP) header stripping for received DV streams.
The CIP format is defined by the IEC 61883-1:1998 specification. The enhancements to the isochronous data
contexts are implemented as hardware support for the synchronization timestamp for both DV and MPEG CIP
formats. The TSB43AB23 device supports modification of the synchronization timestamp field to ensure that the
value inserted via software is not stale—that is, the value is less than the current cycle timer when the packet is
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