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AD9144-FMC-EBZ Evaluation Board Quick Start Guide Using ACE (Analysis|Control|Evaluate) Software

Getting Started with the AD9144-FMC-EBZ Evaluation Board and Software

What's in the Box

  • AD9144-FMC-EBZ Evaluation Board for ADS7
  • Evaluation Board CD
  • Mini-USB Cable
  • Sinusoidal Clock Sources
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Oscilloscope
  • Data Pattern Generator ADS7

Introduction

The AD9144-FMC-EBZ connects to an ADS7 data pattern generator system. The AD9144 is a quad JESD204B signal processing RF Digital to Analog Converter. The ADS7 automatically formats the data and sends it to the AD9144-FMC-EBZ via its JESD204B lanes. The AD9144-FMC-EBZ is an FMC mezzanine card. +12V, +3.3V, and VADJ power supply rails are provided by the ADS7 system via the FMC connector P1. A clock distribution chip AD9516 is included on this EVB as a clock fan-out and frequency divider for the DACCLK, JESD204B SYSREF signals, and a GBTCLK clock used by the ADS7. There is also an FMC standard I2C bus that is used by the ADS7 to identify the AD9144-FMC-EBZ. This I2C interface is implemented in software in the AD9144-FMC-EBZ PIC processor (XU1). All ADS7 to/from AD9144-FMC-EBZ interface signals are connected via the FMC connector P1.

AD9144 Evaluation Software

The AD9144 Evaluation Board software runs on the easy-to-use ACE (Analysis|Control|Evaluate) graphical user interface (GUI). It is included on the Evaluation Board CD. Registers on the AD9144 and AD9516 products are programmed via a USB cable connecting the user’s PC to the AD9144-FMC-EBZ XP2 connector. Software in the AD9144-FMC-EBZ PIC processor (XU1) provides the interface between the USB bus and the SPI busses of the AD9144 and AD9516.

Hardware Setup

Connect +5.0V to P5, GND to P6. A low phase noise high frequency clock source should be connected to the SMA connector, J1. This is the DACCLK input. The spectrum analyzer should be connected to the SMA connector, J4. A +1.0V power supply must be connected to the VTT probe point near SMA connector J9, along with a GND connection to the GND probe point next to it. The evaluation board connects to the DPG3 through the connectors P4. The PC should be connected to the EVB using the mini-USB connector XP2 after installation of the Evaluation Board software. Figure 1 shows the block diagram of the set-up.

Figure 1. Block diagram of the FMC-EBZ lab bench set-up Figure 2. Top and Bottom view of AD9144-FMC-EBZ

A low phase noise high frequency clock source should be connected to the SMA connector J1. A spectrum analyzer should be connected to the SMA connector J4. J5, J14 and J17 of the EVB should be connected to an oscilloscope. The evaluation board connects to the ADS7 through the connector P4. The PC should be connected to the EVB using the mini-USB connector XP2 after installation of the Evaluation Board software. Figure 1 shows a block diagram of the set-up.

Getting Started

The PC software is included in the CD shipped with the EVB. The installation will include the DPG Downloader and ACE software as well as all the necessary AD9144 files including schematic, board layout, datasheet, and other files.

Initial Set-Up

1. Install the DPG Downloader and ACE software and support files on your PC. Follow the instructions in the installation wizard and use the default (recommended) installation settings.

2. Plug the AD9144-FMC-EBZ into port FMC_1 of the ADS7 System. Use a USB cable to connect the EVB to your PC and connect the lab equipment to the EVB as shown in Figure 1.

3. Connect the ADS7 unit to your PC via USB and turn on the ADS7.

Single-Tone Demonstration

These settings configure the AD9144 to output a sine wave using the DPG3 and allow the user to view the single-tone performance at the DAC output, under the condition: Fdata = 750MHz, 2X interpolation, IF = 112MHz.

Single Tone Demo Lab Bench Configuration Procedure:

These settings configure the AD9144 to output a 112Mhz -1dbFS sine wave using the ADS7 on all four AD9144 DACs.

- Configure the hardware according to the hardware set-up instructions given in the Hardware Setup section above. Set the frequency of the DAC clock signal generator to 1500MHz, and the output level to 3dBm. The spectrum analyzer can be configured as shown in Figure 8 with a resolution bandwidth of 100kHz. Choose an Input Attenuation of 24dB.

- On your lab computer, open the ACE application (Start > All Programs > Analog Devices > ACE). You will see the GUI shown in Figure 5 come up.

Single Tone Demo Hardware and Software Start Up Procedure:

1. Open DPG Downloader. It will say AD9144 as shown in Figure 3

Figure 3. Initial DPG Downloader Panel

2. Select the JESD Mode drop-down to Mode 0 and Subclass to 0. Create a single-tone vector with a Data Rate of 750MHz, Desired Frequency of 112MHz, Amplitude of -1dBFS, uncheck the Unsigned Data checkbox and check the Generate Complex I & Q Data box. Select the I and Q vectors for each of the 4 DAC vector input options, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. Configured DPG Downloader GUI

3. Open ACE. It should recognize the AD9144-FMC-EBZ in the attached hardware section when the application startup screen displays, as shown in Figure 5. Double-click on the AD9144-FMC-EBZ icon to navigate to the board view.

Figure 5. Initial ACE Startup Window with Attached Hardware

4. In the Setup Wizard, select single link, JESD Mode 0, Interpolation 2 and FDAC 1.5GHz, as shown in Figure 6. Hit “Apply” and the wizard will execute a startup routine to configure the AD9516 and AD9144. Once complete, the SERDES PLL lock indicator on the board will turn green if it locked and the display will look like Figure 7.

Figure 6. Configured ACE Wizard GUI

Figure 7. ACE Wizard Executed and SERDES PLL Locked

5. Return to DPGDownloader and note the Serial Line Rate readback should read 7.5Gbps indicating that the clocks going to the FPGA are configured properly for this setup. 6. Click Download () and Play (). The 'Sync Status' checkmark should turn green indicating that the SYNCOUTb level is high and the link is up, as shown in Figure 7. The spectrum in Figure 8 will appear on all 4 DAC outputs (J17, J4, J5, and J14).

Figure 7. Executed DPG Downloader GUI

8. Figure 8 shows what you will see at the output of the DACs on the Spectrum Analyzer.

Figure 8. DAC Output Spectrum Analyzer Display
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