• This question does not apply to I3C Basic v1.0.
  • I3C Basic v1.1.1 only supports Timing Control with Async Mode 0.

Yes. The I3C Bus supports an optional Timing Control mechanism which has multiple timing modes. One timing mode is synchronous (from the synchronized timing reference) and four modes are asynchronous (Target provides timestamp data). All I3C Controllers are expected to support at least Async Mode 0.

  • Synchronous: The Controller emits a periodic time sync that allows Targets to set their sampling time relative to this sync. This may be used in conjunction with one of the Asynchronous modes.
  • Asynchronous: The Targets apply their own timestamps to the data at the time they acquire samples, permitting the Controller to time-correlate samples received from multiple different Targets or sensors.
    There are four types (timing modes) of asynchronous time controls:
    • Async Mode 0: Basic timing mode that assumes that a Target has access to a reasonably accurate and stable clock source to drive the time stamping – at least accurate for the duration of the time it has to measure (i.e., from event to IBI). A set of counters, in conjunction with IBI, are used to communicate time stamping information to the Controller.
    • Async Mode 1: Advanced timing mode extends the Basic mode by using some mutually identifiable Bus events, like I3C START.
    • Async Mode 2: High-precision timing mode that uses SCL falling edges (for SDR and HDR-DDR modes) as a common timing reference for Controller and Target. A burst oscillator is used to interpolate the time between a detected event and next SCL falling edge. For HDR-TSL and HDR-TSP modes, this timing mode uses both SDA transitions and SCL transitions as timing references.
    • Async Mode 3: Highest-precision triggerable timing mode that supports precise time triggering and measurement across multiple transducers applications like beam forming.
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