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Known issues

The issues of the w11 CPU are listed in a separate document w11a_known_issues.md.

This file descibes general issues.

The case id indicates the release when the issue was first recognized.

V0.73-3 {issue #11}

The 'state number generator' code in pdp11_sequencer causes in vivado 2016.1 (and .2) that the main FSM isn't re-coded anymore, which has high impact on achievable clock rate. The two optional debug units depending on the state number, dmscnt and dmcmon, are therefore currently deactivated in all Artix based systems (but are available on all Spartan based systems).

Issue is still in Vivado 2016.4. dmcmon can be enabled if wanted, this might require a reduced clock rate. See procedure given in comment to issue #11.

V0.73-2 {issue #10}

Many post-synthesis functional and especially post-routing timing simulations currently fail due to startup and initialization problems. Cause is MMCM/PLL startup, which is not properly reflected in the test bench. Will be resolved in an upcoming release.

V0.73-1 {issue #9}

as of vivado 2016.2 xelab shows sometimes extremely long build times, especially for generated post-synthesis vhdl models. But also building a behavioral simulation for a w11a design can take 25 min. Even though post-synthesis or post-routing models are now generated in verilog working with xsim is cumbersome and time consuming.

V0.66-1 {issue #8}

the TM11 controller transfers data byte wise (all disk do it 16bit word wise) and allows for odd byte length transfers. Odd length transfers are currently not supported and rejected as invalid command. Odd byte length records aren't used by OS, so in practice this limitation isn't relevant.

V0.65-2 {issue #7}

some exotic RH70/RP/RM features and conditions not implemented yet

  • last block transfered flag (in DS)
  • CS2.BAI currently ignored and not handled
  • read or write 'with header' gives currently ILF

All this isn't used by any OS, so in practice not relevant.

V0.65-1 {issue #6}

ti_rri sometimes crashes in normal rundown (exit or ^D) when a cuff: type rlink is active. One gets

      terminate called after throwing an instance of 'Retro::Rexception'
        what():  RlinkPortCuff::Cleanup(): driver thread failed to stop

Doesn't affect normal operation, will be fixed in upcoming release.

V0.64-6 {issue #5}

IO delays still unconstraint in Vivado. All critical IOs use explicitly IOB flops, thus timing well defined.

V0.64-2 {issue #4}

rlink throughput on basys3/nexys4 limited by serial port stack round trip times. Will be overcome by libusb based custom driver.

V0.64-1 {issue #3}

The large default transfer size for disk accesses leads to bad throughput in the DL11 emulation for low speed links, like the 460kBaud the S3board is limited to. Will be overcome by a DL11 controller with more buffering.

V0.62-2 {issue #2}

rlink v4 error recovery not yet implemented, will crash on error.

V0.62-1 {issue #1}

rlink command lists aren't split to fit in retransmit buffer size.

{the last two issues are not relevant for w11 backend over USB usage because the backend produces proper command lists and the USB channel is usually error free}