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AD9142-M5375-EBZ Evaluation Board Quick Start Guide

Getting Started with the AD9142-M5375-EBZ Evaluation Board and Software

What's in the Box

  • AD9142-M5375-EBZ Evaluation Board
  • Evaluation Board CD
  • Mini-USB Cable
  • +5Vdc, Power Supply
  • 2 Sinusoidal Clock Sources
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Data Pattern Generator Series 2 (DPG2)

The AD9142-M5375-EBZ connects to a DPG2 for quick evaluation of the AD9142, a high-speed, signal processing Digital to Analog Converter. The DPG2 automatically formats the data and sends it to the AD9142-M5375-EBZ, simplifying evaluation of the device. The Evaluation Board (EVB) runs from a +5V supply. A clock distribution chip AD9516 is included on this EVB as a clock fan-out and frequency divider for the DACCLK, REFCLK and DPG2 input clock. Also included is a quadrature modulator ADL5375 for quick DAC+IQMOD evaluation. Figure 2 is an image of the top side of the AD9142-M5375-EBZ.

AD9142 Evaluation Software

The AD9142 Evaluation Board software has an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI). It is included on the Evaluation Board CD, or can be downloaded from the DPG website at This will install DPGDownloader (for generating and loading vectors into the DPG2) and AD9142 SPI software.

Hardware Setup

Connect +5.0V to P5, GND to P6. One low phase noise high frequency clock source should be connected to the SMA connector, J1 (AD9516_CLKIN). The other low phase noise high frequency clock source should be connected to the SMA connector, J15 (LO_IN), and the spectrum analyzer should be connected to the SMA connector, J6. The evaluation board connects to the DPG2 through the connectors P1 and P2. 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 AD9142 lab bench set-up Figure 2. Top view of AD9142-M5375-EBZ

Getting Started

The PC software comes on the included Evaluation Board CD, but may also be downloaded from the DPG Web site at The installation will include the DPG Downloader software as well as all the necessary AD9142 files including schematic, board layout, datasheet, AD9142 SPI, and other files.

Initial Set-Up

1. Install the DPG Downloader and AD9142 SPI software and support files on your PC. Follow the instructions in the installation wizard and use the default (recommended) installation settings.

2. Use a USB cable to connect the EVB to your PC and connect the lab equipment to the EVB.

3. Connect the DGP2 unit to your PC and turn on the unit.

Single-Tone Test

These settings configure the AD9142 to output a sine wave using the DPG2 and allow the user to view the single-tone performance at the IQMOD output, under the condition: Fdata = 200MHz, 8X interpolation, IF = 20MHz, LO = 1850MHz, RF = 1870MHz.

1. To begin, open the AD9142 SPI application (Start > All Programs > Analog Devices > AD9142 > AD9142 SPI). The screen should look similar to Figure 3.

Figure 3 Entry Screen of the AD9142 SPI software

2. 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 1600MHz, and the output level to 6dBm. The spectrum analyzer can be configured with Center Frequency = 1850 MHz, Span = 100 MHz, and Resolution Bandwidth of 30 kHz. Choose Input Attenuation to be 24dB. This can be adjusted later if indications are that the analyzer is causing degradations.

3. Follow the sequence below to configure the AD9142 SPI registers.

a. Click “Reset DAC” button on the “Quick Start” tab.

b. Click “Restore Registers from File” and select the configuration file “Config_8X.csv”. This will configure the registers with correct values under the condition we are testing.

c. Click “AD9516 Update” button. This step updates the clock distribution chip AD9516 with the settings that were loaded from the configuration file.

d. There may be a few registers highlighted in red. The red highlights mean mismatches between the SPI read and write values in the software. Clicking “Read All Registers” reads back all the current values in the registers, which should resolve the highlights.

e. Toggle register “FIFO SPI RESET REQUEST”. The FIFO level readback registers (INTEGRAL and FRACTIOANAL) should now match the FIFO level request registers.

f. Open DPG Downloader if you have not done so. (Start > All Programs > Analog Devices > DPG > DPGDownloader). Ensure that the program detects the AD9142, as indicated in the “Evaluation Board” drop-down list, and select it. For this evaluation board, LVDS is the only valid Port Configuration, and it will be selected automatically. The “DCO Frequency” window should show the correct data rate (200 MHz). The actual detected frequency may not be exactly 200 MHz but it should be stable and very close to it as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4 DPG Downloader Panel

g. Click on “Add Generated Waveform”, and then “Single Tone”. As shown in Figure 5, A Single Tone panel will be added to the vector list. Enter the sample rate, in this case 200 MHz and the desired frequency, 20MHz. Enter the digital amplitude. In this case we use -14dBFS. Check the “Generate Complex Data (I & Q)” box and uncheck the “Unsigned Data” box. Select the In-Phase data vector in the “I Data Vector” drop down menu and the Quadrature data vector in the “Q Data Vector”.

Figure 5 DPG Downloader sinewave vector

h. Click Download () and Play ().

i. Go back to the AD9142 SPI software and toggle the “FIFO SPI RESET REQUEST” button (from 0 to 1 and back to 0) to reset the FIFO. The FIFO level readback registers (INTEGRAL and FRACTIOANAL) should now match the FIFO level request registers. The AD9142 SPI software and the spectrum analyzer should look like Figure 6 and Figure 7 respectively.

Figure 6 Configured Quick Start Tab of the AD9142 SPI software

4. The current on the 5V supply should read about 1190mA.

Figure 7 AD9142-M5375 Eval Board output Spectrum


The AD9142 SPI software is conveniently organized in a series of tabs that groups registers according to their functions. In this way, all registers associated with the digital functions, for example, are on the “Digital Functions” tab. All registers associated with the PLL are on the “PLL” tab, and so on. Normally the “Quick Start” tab is sufficient for a quick evaluation. The most frequently used register controls are included on this tab. A full description of each register and its settings is given in the AD9142 data sheet. Some of the registers and their functions are described here as they pertain to the AD9142 evaluation board. Please note that some of the screen images in this document may not match exactly with the latest revision of the software, due to ongoing improvements and enhancements to the software.
The full screen layout is shown in Figure 5. The tabs can be seen across the top of the work area, and four function buttons in the menu area. “Save Registers to File” and “Restore Registers from File” allow the user to save the current register settings into a file for later uses. A register is immediately updated when the value in the control is changed. Switching between tabs does not update register values. “Read All Registers” can be used to monitor a resister with changing readback values. “ Record Sequence” allows the user to record a series of SPI writes in a particular order and to play back the sequence later. A short description of the register is shown in the status bar on the bottom of the work area when the mouse curser hovers over the control. Some of the tabs are discussed below.

Quick Start

The “Quick Start” tab has selections that apply to the general configuration of the DAC. Reset DAC is recommended every time when the DAC is powered on or reset. Interpolation Rate allows the user to select among the 3 interpolation modes (2X, 4X, and 8X). When the NCO is used, set NCO Enable to 1, fill in the NCO frequency tuning word with the desired value and toggle SPI Update Request. To use the Fs/4 modulation, turn on the Fs/4 Modulation control. FIFO SPI Reset Request sets the FIFO with the requested value through a SPI command. The FIFO Level Read Back should reflect the actual FIFO level after the FIFO SPI Reset Request. Note loading/reloading a vector in the DPG Downloader may generate glitches on the DCI so it is also recommended to toggle the FIFO SPI RESET REQUEST to ensure the FIFO level stays optimal. DCI Clk Div Ratio changes the divide ratio of the AD9516 input clock frequency over DCI frequency. In word mode, this ratio should be the same as the interpolation rate. In byte mode, it should be half of the interpolation rate. For example, if the interpolation ratio is 4x, the DCI divide ratio should be 2x. Unlike the AD9142, the AD9516 registers in this SPI software are not immediately updated after a user changes the value in a control. AD9516 Update loads the changes in the AD9516 settings.

Figure 8 AD9142 SPI Quick Start tab


The “PLL” tab includes all the PLL control registers. The recommended settings for the best performance is PLL Charge Pump Current = 7 and PLL LOOP BW = 7. The user needs to follow the sequence below to enable the PLL. 1. Choose the desired divide ratios in the Loop Divider and the VCO Divider.
2. Set PLL Charge Pump Current and PLL Loop BW settings to 7.
3. Set the PLL Mode to Manual.
4. Turn on PLL Enable.
5. Set the PLL Mode to Auto.

Figure 9 AD9142 SPI PLL Tab

EVB Jumper Configurations

This evaluation board allows evaluation of both the DAC IF outputs as well as the modulator RF outputs. By default, the solder jumpers are configured to look at the modulator RF outputs. Below is a table listing the jumper configurations and SMA connector connections needed to view either output on a spectrum analyzer.

Output Viewed SMA Connector Jumper Configurations
I DAC Output J3(“DAC1 Output”) JP4 & JP5 Pins 1-2 (outer pads)
Q DAC Output J4(“DAC2 Output”) JP6 & JP7 Pins 1-2 (outer pads)
ADL5372 RF Output J6(“MOD_OUT”) JP4, JP5, JP6, JP7 Pins 2-3 (inner pads)

Note: When viewing the modulator output, a local oscillator (LO) must be connected to J15 (”LO_IN”) to properly modulate the signals.

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