Timing Specification

The WISHBONE specification is designed to provide the end user with very simple timing constraints. Although the application specific circuit(s) will vary in this regard, the interface itself is designed to work without the need for detailed timing specifications. In all cases, the only timing information that is needed by the end user is the maximum clock frequency (for [CLK_I]) that is passed to a place & route tool. The maximum clock frequency is dictated by the time delay between a positive clock edge on [CLK_I] to the setup on a stage further down the logical signal path. This delay is shown graphically in Figure 31, and is defined as Tpd,clk-su.


Figure 31 Definition for Tpd,clk-su.

RULE 5.00

The clock input [CLK_I] to each IP core MUST coordinate all activities for the internal logic within the WISHBONE interface. All WISHBONE output signals are registered at the rising edge of [CLK_I]. All WISHBONE input signals MUST be stable before the rising edge of [CLK_I].


The user’s place and route tool MAY be used to enforce RULE 5.00.


Most place and route tools can be easily configured to enforce RULE 5.00. Generally, it only requires a single timing specification for Tpd,clk-su.

RULE 5.05

The WISHBONE interface MUST use synchronous, RTL design methodologies that, given nearly infinitely fast gate delays, will operate over a nearly infinite range of clock frequencies on [CLK_I].


Realistically, the WISHBONE interface will never be expected to operate over a nearly infinite frequency range. However this requirement eliminates the need for non-portable timing constraints (that may work only on certain target devices).


The WISHBONE interface logic assumes that a low-skew clock distribution scheme is used on the target device, and that the clock-skew shall be low enough to permit reliable operation over the environmental conditions.


The IP core connected to a WISHBONE interface MAY include application specific timing requirements.

RULE 5.10

The clock input [CLK_I] MUST have a duty cycle that is no less than 40%, and no greater than 60%.


The SYSCON module MAY use a variable clock generator. In these cases the clock frequency can be changed by the SYSCON module so long as the clock edges remain clean and monotonic, and if the clock does not violate the duty cycle requirements.


The SYSCON module MAY use a gated clock generator. In these cases the clock shall be stopped in the low logic state. When the gated clock is stopped and started the clock edges are required to remain clean and monotonic.


When using a gated clock generator, turn the clock off when the WISHBONE interconnection is not busy. One way of doing this is to create a MASTER interface whose sole purpose is to acquire the WISHBONE interconnection and turn the clock off. This assures that the WISHBONE interconnection is not busy when gating the clock off. When the clock signal is restored the MASTER then releases the WISHBONE interconnection.


This specification does not attempt to govern the design of gated or variable clock generators.


Design an IP core so that all of the circuits (including the WISHBONE interconnect) follow the aforementioned RULEs, as this will make the core portable across a wide range of target devices and technologies.