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Entry  Mon Aug 19 23:01:22 2019, Bill Ashmanskas, should one deassert DENABLE while writing the write-shift register? 
    Reply  Tue Aug 20 10:44:45 2019, Stefan Ritt, should one deassert DENABLE while writing the write-shift register? 
       Reply  Tue Aug 20 16:05:21 2019, Bill Ashmanskas, should one deassert DENABLE while writing the write-shift register? 
Message ID: 769     Entry time: Tue Aug 20 10:44:45 2019     In reply to: 768     Reply to this: 770
Author: Stefan Ritt 
Subject: should one deassert DENABLE while writing the write-shift register? 

Hi Bill,

you keep DENABLE active all the time to keep the Domino Wave running, but you deassert DWRITE if you change any register via SRCLK. There is no shadow register, just a simple shift register, but with DWRITE being low, the domino circuitry does not touch it.

Best,
Stefan

Bill Ashmanskas wrote:

Hi Stefan,

We have for some time now been using custom firmware on a custom board to read waveforms out of DRS4 chips.  Now we are working on cascaded readout mode, 4 channels @ 2048 samples, WSREG=0x55, in order to allow for longer trigger latency.

Doing a testbench simulation of the FPGA code raised a question for me:  Do I need to deassert DENABLE while I shift a new 8-bit value into the write-shift register?  What happens if, during the few-hundred nanoseconds it takes to shift 8 bits into the register, the domino wave crosses cell 768, thereby shifting the write-shift register left by one bit?  Is this shifting suppressed when A=0b1101?  Or does the update of the actual write-shift register occur only once, after the 8th SRCLK cycle?  (Maybe one is really shifting bits into a shadow register that is copied all at once into the actual register?)

I notice in simulating your drs4_eval5_app.vhd that if one sets bit 27 ("drs_ctl_dactive") of register 0 (do not deassert DENABLE on trigger), then starts the domino wave (set bit 0 of register 0), then issues a software trigger, then later writes to register 5 (config register, wsreg, etc.), DENABLE is not in fact deasserted during the time when A=0b1100 (conf_setup, conf_strobe) or when A=0b1101 (wsr_setup, wsr_strobe).

But my simulation testbench includes a simplified Verilog model of my interpretation of the DRS4 data sheet, and my simulated DRS4 happened to cause the write-shift register to shift (256 samples before DTAP toggled) during your "wsr_strobe" FSM state, thus corrupting the value that was being shifted into the WSREG via SRIN and SRCLK.

So I'm curious:  to be safe, should one deassert DENABLE before updating the write-shift register, or is it safe to update it even while the domino wave is active and looping?  It seems easy enough to be safe, since we should only need to write to the WSREG once during the setup phase and then let it loop forever.

Many thanks,

Bill

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