bit ordering on XSBI vs SFI-4
As the clause editor for clause 51, I have received feedback that the present
bit ordering for the XSBI interface, i.e. LSB sent first, will cause
confusion to people that have used the SFI-4/SONET modules.
Background on this topic ... an OC192 serial stream has the MSB bit first
while Ethernet networks have the LSB bit sent first. Early 802.3ae
discussions, we decided to leave the LSB bit order as is so that the PCS
(clause 49) to XSBI will have no inversions. This leaves the WIS (clause 50)
to do the inversion. This is
the present status of draft 802.3ae rev 3.0.
The concern is that system people will be confused by the fact that XSBI
modules and SFI-4 modules have "reversed" ordering AND if they are not
careful the PCB layout will be reversed.
To reduce this risk, a change that CAN be made to make the XSBI bit ordering
consistent w/ SFI-4 and also send the MSB bit out first. This would result in
1) clause 51 - reverse the order to MSB bit out first
2) clause 50 - remove section on reversing the bits from the PCS
3) clause 49 - "modify/add" section to send out the data with MSB bit first
My request to the reflector is to give some guidance here on the direction for
a change or none change.
Comments please. Thanks in advance.
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