A watchdog is used in systems to prevent system lockup due to software or hardware failures. For normal operation, the timeout counter has to be reset by the CPU in a regular interval. Depending on the watchdog configuration, the watchdog asserts the reset_req and int_req outputs upon expiration of the timeout counters.
To avoid malfunction software to reconfigure the watchdog, all configuration registers are protected by a special lock key. The timeout interval can be configured over a wide range:
* min: 65536 system clock cycles
* max: 67'108'864 system clock cycles
Using a system clock of 40MHz, this results in a timeout window of 1.6ms – 1.67s.
- Two timeout outputs
- Configurable timeout interval
- Configuration register protected with lock key
- Timeout interval with 40Mhz clock:
- Supports synchronous bus interfaces such as AMBA APB version 2.0
- Full synchronous design
- Synthesis Options:
- CPU readback enable
- Selectable lock key and reset key values
- For gate-count optimization, the core can be configured to disable the configuration register read-back path. Synthesis options are included to use the core in 8, 16 and 32-bit systems. With a separate APB wrapper, the core can be used in ARM subsystems.
- VHDL or Verilog RTL Source Code
- Functional Testbench
- Synthesys Script
- Data Sheet
- User Guide
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Block Diagram of the Configurable Watchdog Timer (WD) IP Core