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TSB81BA3E ACTIVE IEEE P1394b 3-port cable transceiver arbiter The TSB81BA3E is a drop-in replacement for the TSB81BA3D that incorporates improved jitter performance

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  • Fully Supports Provisions of IEEE P1394b Revision 1.33+ at 1-Gigabit Signaling Rates
  • Fully Supports Provisions of IEEE 1394a-2000 and 1394-1995 Standard for High Performance Serial Bus
  • Fully Interoperable With Firewire™, i.LINK™, and SB1394™, Implementation of IEEE Std 1394
  • Provides Three Fully Backward Compatible, (1394a-2000 Fully Compliant) Bilingual P1394b Cable Ports at up to 800 Megabits per Second (Mbits/s)
  • Provides Three 1394a-2000 Fully Compliant Cable Ports at 100/200/400 Mbits/s
  • Full 1394a-2000 Support Includes:
    • Connection Debounce
    • Arbitrated Short Reset
    • Multispeed Concatenation
    • Arbitration Acceleration
    • Fly-By Concatenation
    • Port Disable/Suspend/Resume
    • Extended Resume Signaling for Compatibility With Legacy DV Devices
  • Power-Down Features to Conserve Energy in Battery Powered Applications
  • Low-Power Sleep Mode
  • Fully Compliant With Open Host Controller Interface (HCI) Requirements
  • Cable Power Presence Monitoring
  • Cable Ports Monitor Line Conditions for Active Connection to Remote Node
  • Register Bits Give Software Control of Contender Bit, Power Class Bits, Link Active Control Bit, and 1394a-2000 Features
  • Data Interface to Link-Layer Controller Pin Selectable From 1394a-2000 Mode (2/4/8 Parallel Bits at 49.152 MHz) or 1394b Mode (8 Parallel Bits at 98.304 MHz)
  • Interface to Link-Layer Controller Supports Low Cost TI Bus-Holder Isolation
  • Interoperable With Link-Layer Controllers Using 3.3-V Supplies
  • Interoperable With Other 1394 Physical Layers (PHYs) Using 1.8-V, 3.3-V, and 5-V Supplies
  • Low Jitter, External Crystal Oscillator Provides Transmit and Receive Data at 100/200/400/800 Mbits/s, and Link-Layer Controller Clock at 49.152 MHz and 98.304 MHz
  • Separate Bias (TPBIAS) for Each Port
  • Low Cost, High Performance 80-Pin TQFP (PFP) Thermally Enhanced Package
  • Software Device Reset (SWR)
  • Fail-Safe Circuitry Senses Sudden Loss of Power to the Device and Disables the Ports to Ensure That the TSB81BA3D Does Not Load the TPBIAS of Any Connected Device and Blocks any Leakage From the Port Back to Power Plane
  • The TSB81BA3D Has a 1394a-2000 Compliant Common-Mode Noise Filter on the Incoming Bias Detect Circuit to Filter Out Cross-Talk Noise
  • The TSB81BA3D Is Port Programmable to Force 1394a Mode to Allow Use of 1394a Connectors (1394b Signalling Must Not Be Put Across 1394a Connectors or Cables)

Implements technology covered by one or more patents of Apple Computer, Incorporated and SGS Thompson, Limited.
i.LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
FireWire is a trademark of Apple Computer Incorporated.

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The TSB81BA3D provides the digital and analog transceiver functions needed to implement a three-port node in a cable-based IEEE 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 TSB81BA3D is designed to interface with a link-layer controller (LLC), such as the TSB82AA2, TSB12LV21, TSB12LV26, TSB12LV32, TSB42AA4, TSB42AB4, TSB12LV01B, or TSB12LV01C. It may also be connected cable port to cable port to an integrated 1394 Link + PHY layer such as the TSB43AB2.

The TSB81BA3D is powered by dual supplies, a 3.3-V supply for I/O and a core voltage supply. The core voltage supply is supplied to the PLLVDD-CORE and DVDD-CORE terminals to the requirements in the recommended operating conditions. The PLLVDD-CORE terminals must be separated from the DVDD-CORE terminals, the PLLVDD-CORE terminals are decoupled with 1 µF and smaller decoupling capacitors, and the DVDD-CORE terminals separately decoupled with a 1 µF and smaller decoupling capacitors. The separation between DVDD-CORE and PLLVDD-CORE may be implemented by separate power supply rails, or by a single power supply rail, where the DVDD-CORE and PLLVDD-CORE are separated by a filter network to keep noise from the PLLVDD-CORE supply.

The TSB81BA3D requires an external 98.304-MHz crystal oscillator to generate a reference clock. The external clock drives an internal phase-locked loop (PLL), which generates the required reference signal. This reference signal provides the clock signals that control transmission of the outbound encoded information. A 49.152-MHz clock signal is supplied to the associated LLC for synchronization of the two devices and is used for resynchronization of the received data when operating the PHY-link interface in compliance with the IEEE 1394a-2000 standard. A 98.304-MHz clock signal is supplied to the associated LLC for synchronization of the two devices when operating the PHY-link interface in compliance with the IEEE P1394b standard. The power down (PD) function, when enabled by asserting the PD terminal high, stops operation of the PLL.

Data bits to be transmitted through the cable ports are received from the LLC on 2, 4, or 8 parallel paths (depending on the requested transmission speed and PHY-link interface mode of operation). They are latched internally, combined serially, encoded, and transmitted at 98.304, 196.608, 393.216, 491.52, or 983.04 Mbits/s (referred to as S100, S200, S400, S400B, or S800 speed, respectively) as the outbound information stream.

The PHY-link interface can follow either the IEEE 1394a-2000 protocol or the IEEE 1394b-2002 protocol. When using a 1394a-2000 LLC such as the TSB12LV26, the BMODE terminal must be deasserted. The PHY-link interface then operates in accordance with the legacy 1394a-2000 standard. When using a 1394b LLC such as the TSB82AA2, the BMODE terminal must be asserted. The PHY-link interface then conforms to the P1394b standard.

The cable interface can follow either the IEEE 1394a-2000 protocol or the 1394b protocol on all ports. The mode of operation is determined by the interface capabilities of the ports being connected. When any of the three ports is connected to a 1394a-2000 compliant device, the cable interface on that port operates in the 1394a-2000 data-strobe mode at a compatible S100, S200, or S400 speed. When a bilingual port is connected to a 1394b compliant node, the cable interface on that port operates per the P1394b standard at S400B or S800 speed. The TSB81BA3D automatically determines the correct cable interface connection method for the bilingual ports.

The BMODE terminal does not select the cable interface mode of operation. The BMODE terminal selects the PHY-link interface mode of operation and affects the arbitration modes on the cable. When the BMODE terminal is deasserted, BOSS arbitration is disabled.

During packet reception the serial data bits are split into two-, four-, or eight-bit parallel streams (depending upon the indicated receive speed and the PHY-link interface mode of operation), resynchronized to the local system clock and sent to the associated LLC. The received data is also transmitted (repeated) on the other connected and active cable ports.

Both the twisted pair A (TPA) and the twisted pair B (TPB) cable interfaces incorporate differential comparators to monitor the line states during initialization and arbitration when connected to a 1394a-2000 compliant device. 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 1394a-mode arbitration and sets 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 (TPBIAS) voltage.

When connected to a 1394a-2000 compliant node, the TSB81BA3D provides a 1.86-V nominal bias voltage at the TPBIAS terminal for port termination. The PHY contains three independent TPBIAS circuits (one for each port). 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 µF.

The line drivers in the TSB81BA3D, are designed to work with external 112- and 270 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. A precision external resistor connected between the R0 and R1 terminals sets the driver output current, along with other internal operating currents.

When the power supply of the TSB81BA3D is off while the twisted-pair cables are connected, the TSB81BA3D transmitter and receiver circuitry present a high-impedance signal to the cable that does not load the device at the other end of the cable.

When the TSB81BA3D is used without one or more of the ports brought out to a connector, the twisted-pair terminals of the unused ports must be terminated for reliable operation. For each unused port, the port must be forced to the 1394a-only mode (Data-Strobe-only mode), then the TPB+ and TPB– terminals can be tied together and then pulled to ground; or the TPB+ and TPB– terminals can be connected to the suggested normal termination network. The TPA+ and TPA– terminals of an unused port can be left unconnected. The TPBIAS terminal can be connected to a 1-µF capacitor to ground or left unconnected.

To operate a port as a 1394b bilingual port, the force data-strobe-only terminal for the port (DS0, DS1, or DS2) needs to be pulled to ground through a 1-k resistor. The only time the port must be forced to the data-strobe-only mode is if the port is connected to a 1394a connector (either 6-pin, which is recommended, or 4-pin). This mode is provided to ensure that 1394b signalling is never sent across a 1394a cable.

The TESTM, TESTW, SE, and SM terminals are used to set up various manufacturing test conditions. For normal operation, the TESTM and TESTW terminals must be connected to VDD through a 1-k resistor.

Three package terminals are used as inputs to set the default value for three configuration status bits in the self-ID packet. They may be pulled high through a 1-k resistor or hardwired low as a function of the equipment design. The PC0, PC1, and PC2 terminals indicate the default power class status for the node (the need for power from the cable or the ability to supply power to the cable). The contender bit in the PHY register set indicates that the node is a contender either for the isochronous resource manager (IRM) or for the bus manager (BM). On the TSB81BA3D, this bit may only be set by a write to the PHY register set. If a node desires to be a contender for IRM or BM, then the node software must set this bit in the PHY register set.

The LPS (link power status) terminal works with the LKON/DS2 terminal to manage the power usage in the node. The LPS signal from the LLC is used in conjunction with the LCtrl bit to indicate the active/power status of the LLC. The LPS signal also resets, disables, and initializes the PHY-LLC interface (the state of the PHY-LCC interface is controlled solely by the LPS input regardless of the state of the LCtrl bit).

The LPS input is considered inactive if it remains low for more than the LPS_RESET time (see the LPS terminal definition) and is considered active otherwise. When the TSB81BA3D detects that the LPS input is inactive, the PHY-LLC interface is placed into a low-power reset state in which the CTL and D outputs are held in the logic 0 state and the LREQ input is ignored; however, the PCLK output remains active. If the LPS input remains low for more than the LPS_DISABLE time (see the LPS terminal definition), then the PHY-LLC interface is put into a low-power disabled state in which the PCLK output is also held inactive. The TSB81BA3D continues the necessary repeater functions required for normal network operation regardless of the state of the PHY-LLC interface. When the interface is in the reset or disabled state and the LPS input is again observed active, the PHY initializes the interface and returns to normal operation. The PHY-LLC interface is also held in the disabled state during hardware reset. When the LPS terminal is returned to an active state after being sensed as having entered the LPS_DISABLE time, the TSB81BA3D issues a bus reset. This broadcasts the node self-ID packet, which contains the updated L bit state (the PHY LLC now being accessible).

The PHY uses the LKON/DS2 terminal to notify the LLC to power up and become active. When activated, the output LKON/DS2 signal is a square wave. The PHY activates the LKON/DS2 output when the LLC is inactive and a wake-up event occurs. The LLC is considered inactive when either the LPS input is inactive, as described above, or the LCtrl bit is cleared to 0. A wake-up event occurs when a link-on PHY packet addressed to this node is received, or conditionally when a PHY interrupt occurs. The PHY deasserts the LKON/DS2 output when the LLC becomes active (both LPS sensed as active and the LCtrl bit set to 1). The PHY also deasserts the LKON/DS2 output when a bus reset occurs, unless a PHY interrupt condition exists which would otherwise cause LKON/DS2 to be active. If the PHY is power cycled and the power class is 0 through 4, then the PHY asserts LKON/DS2 for approximately 167 µs or until both the LPS is active and the LCtrl bit is 1.

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* Data sheet IEEE P1394b Three-Port Cable Transceiver Arbiter datasheet (Rev. E) Jun. 01, 2006
* Errata TSB81BA3 Errata (Rev. C) Jan. 19, 2006
Selection guide System-Level ESD Protection Guide (Rev. C) Feb. 20, 2018
Application note Electrical Overstress Damage of TI 1394 PHY Devices (Rev. A) Jul. 11, 2008
Application note Interfacing Between the 1394a Links and TSB41BA3A (Rev. A) Oct. 04, 2004
Application note IEEE 1394 EMI Board Design and Layout Guidelines Jul. 31, 2002
Application note PCB Design Guidelines for Reduced EMI Nov. 05, 1999

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