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Re: LVDS output pins of Altera Cyclone II

Started by only...@online.ms December 2, 2006
I'm trying to use a FPGA to control a flat panel display that has LVDS inputs. Displays try 
to draw current from active LVDS lines if the power supply of the panel is switched off.

That is very harmful for the TFT and sooner or later it gets destroyed. 

That is why I have to tri-state the LVDS outputs.

Every LVDS driver IC on the market has an "output enable" signal. So why shouldn't this be 
possible with an FPGA?


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tentacle (onlyspam@online.ms) wrote:

> I'm trying to use a FPGA to control a flat panel display that has LVDS > inputs. Displays try to draw current from active LVDS lines if the power > supply of the panel is switched off. > > That is very harmful for the TFT and sooner or later it gets destroyed. > > That is why I have to tri-state the LVDS outputs.
Didn't know that
> Every LVDS driver IC on the market has an "output enable" signal. So why > shouldn't this be possible with an FPGA?
Well, I know that a lot of Philips TFT panels are driven by a Cyclone II, but then again, these Cyclones get their current from the same supply as the panel so the TFT can try to draw current until it hurts, but the Cyclone will have nothing to give ;-) Alternatively you could use SSTL2, which basically has the same electrical characteristics but is available as a bidirectional IO buffer. Setting OE to 0 in this mode would effectively tristate the buffer. Drive strength is limited to 15mA though. Best regards, Ben