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ADAQ8092 Evaluation Board User Guide

General Description

The EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ evaluates the ADAQ8092, a 14-bit, 105MSPS , high-speed dual-channel data acquisition uModule solution. This device uses the System-in-Package (SiP) that integrates three common signal processing and conditioning blocks.

This EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ board does not need an external power supply to operate and requires a very small jitter in the clock source. We recommend to use the DC1075B to improve the clock signal source. For full details on the ADAQ8092, see the ADAQ8092 data sheet, which must be consulted in conjunction with this user guide when using the EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ.


  • Dual-Channel Simultaneously Sampling ADC
  • Integrated differential amplifier/ADC driver
  • Single-ended to differential input config circuitry
  • LVDS Output capability
  • Serial SPI Port for Configuration
  • On-board power solution
  • FMC-LPC system board connector

Evaluation Board Kit Contents

  • EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ evaluation board
  • Micro-SD memory card (with adapter) containing system board boot software and Linux OS

Equipment Needed

  • PC with Windows 7 or Windows 10 operating system
  • Digilent ZedBoard with 12 V wall adapter power supply
  • Power Supply
  • Rohde & Schwarz SMA100A (clock source) - Suggested
  • Keysight 336xx series (signal generator) - Suggested
  • DC1075B (Clock Divider) - Suggested
  • SMA Cables
  • Attenuator
  • TTE Bandpass Filter - centered on test signal frequency - Suggested
  • SD card
  • SMA Adapter (Male-Male)

Quick Start Guide

Getting Started

  • Download and install the ACE Software tool from the ACE download page. If ACE is already installed, make sure you have the latest version by using the ‘Check For Updates’ option in the ACE sidebar.

When selecting components to install, please ensure that the 'LibIIO Wrapper' in the 'Precision Converter Components' section is enabled.

The installer can also be run from within ACE by clicking the link found in the 'IIIO Resources' section found in the Help » Application Resources section.

  • Run ACE and select ‘Plug-in Manager’ from the ACE sidebar to install the board plug-in that supports the Product Evaluation Board and select Available Packages. You can use the search field to help filter the list of boards to find the relevant one. An ACE Quickstart guide is available here: ACE Quickstart - Using ACE and Installing Plug-ins

  • Insert the EVAL-SD-KUIPERZ SD card into the SD card slot on the underside of the ZedBoard.

If there is a need to re-image or create a new SD card, instructions are available here: ADI Kuiper Linux with support for ACE Evaluation.

  • Ensure the ZedBoard boot configuration jumpers are set to use the SD card as shown.

To avoid potential damage, ensure the VADJ SELECT jumper is set to the correct voltage for the Product Evaluation Board.

  • Connect the Product Evaluation Board to the FMC connector on the ZedBoard.

There may be additional steps and hardware required for a given Product Evaluation Board, for example, function generators connections and setup. This information may be included with the eval kit or in the User guide for the corresponding Product Evaluation Boards page that can be found by searching Product Evaluation Boards and Kits.

  • Connect the USB cable from the PC to the J13/USB OTG port and the PSU to J20/DC input.

  • Slide SW8/POWER switch to the ON position. The green LD13/POWER LED should turn on, followed by the blue LD12/DONE LED.
  • The red LD7 LED should start blinking ~20-30 seconds later which indicates the boot process is complete.
  • Launch the ACE software from the Analog Devices folder in the Windows Start menu. The Evaluation Board should appear in the ACE Start Tab » Attached Hardware view.

03 Jun 2022 22:08 · Michael Bradley

Board Hardware

Figure 1. EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ

Figure 2. Block Diagram of the EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ

Board Description

Figure 2 shows the EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ block diagram. The ADAQ8092 µModule that is soldered to the EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMC does not require external supply to power-up the board. It uses the +12V supply source from the data capture board such as Zedboard and activates the LDO’s to provide the 3.3V and 1.8V needed of the board.

Analog Inputs

Figure 3. Analog Input Circuitry of EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ

The EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ provides the user to either use a single-ended or differential source. For the single-ended source, user can either use the balun so that the part will still be driven differentially or bypass it to drive the part single-endedly. Installation of 0 ohm resistor is used to configure the input of the analog input circuitry.

Table 1. Factory Default Settings (Single-ended input driven)

Channel Link Location
1 JP1 Pin 2 to Pin 3
JP3 Pin 2 to Pin 1
JP4 Pin 2 to Pin 3
2 JP2 Pin 2 to Pin 3
JP5 Pin 2 to Pin 1
JP6 Pin 2 to Pin 3

Note: Without changing other resistor values of the board, then this board is ready for a single ended source that drives the part single-endedly but if the user uses a differential source then install a 49.9ohm resistor at R1 and R3 for Channel 1 and Channel 2, respectively. This is to properly balance the inputs when driven differentially. Refer to Figure 6 and Figure 7 for schematic.

Table 2. Differentially driven using the balun

Channel Link Location
1 JP1 Pin 2 to Pin 1
JP3 Pin 2 to Pin 3
JP4 Pin 2 to Pin 1
2 JP2 Pin 2 to Pin 1
JP5 Pin 2 to Pin 3
JP6 Pin 2 to Pin 1

Note: When using this configuration, resistor value should also be changed to properly balance the impedance and make the gain still equal to approximately equal to 5. For channel 1; R8 and R9 should be 200 ohms and R14 and R16 is 18.2 ohms. For channel 2; R10 and R11 should be 200 ohms and R15 and R17 is 18.2 ohms. Refer to Figure 6 and Figure 7 for schematic.

Encode Circuitry

Figure 4. Encode Circuitry of EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ

The user can either use a single-ended encode mode or a differential encode mode. The default configuration of the EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ uses the single-ended encode mode that requires a CMOS level. Also, the board provides an option to install an oscillator (Y1) and use it as a built-in clock for a single-ended encode mode.

When using a sinusoidal, PECL or LVDS signal then it is suggested to use the differential encode mode.

Power Circuitry

Figure 5. Power Circuitry of EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ

The EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMC uses the +12V supply from the data capture board such as Zed board at C35 of the FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) connector pin configuration. This +12V supply goes to a reverse input protection by the used of LTC4359 (U2) and then proceed with a step down regulator, LTM8074 (U4). The output of the LTM8074 which is configured to have 5V output will then supply the LTC1673-1.8 (U3) and LTC1763-3.3 (VR1). The LTC1763-1.8 will be VDD and OVDD supplies, while the LTC1763-3.3 will be the VCC supply.

External supplies can also be used when some of the built-in power circuitry is failing. Re-work of the board is needed to achieve this.


Figure 6. Schematic of EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ (page 1)

Figure 7. Schematic of EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ (page 2)

Evaluating Board Hardware

Figure 8. Evaluation setup for EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ

Setting up the board

Figure 8 illustrates the evaluation system components. To use the system, here's the following steps:

  1. Connect the evaluation board to the ZedBoard. Ensure that there's an SD card installed on it.
  2. Connect the CLK divider (DC1075B) to the evaluation board
  3. Connect a micro-USB cable to the USB OTG port
  4. Apply power to the ZedBoard and to the DC1075
  5. Open the ACE software
  6. Apply the desire CLK and input signal
  7. Start the evaluation

Controller Board

The ZedBoard, which is the system controller board, enables the configuration of the ADC and capture of data from the evaluation board by the PC via USB (or Ethernet). The ADAQ8092 support a multi-lane serial port interface (SPI) for each data converter channel. The SPI interface for each channel is connected to the ZedBoard via the FMC connector (P1). The ZedBoard™ functions as the communication link between the PC and connected evaluation board. It buffers samples captured from the evaluation board in its DDR3 memory. The ZedBoard board requires power from a 12 volt wall adapter (included with the ZedBoard). It hosts a Xilinx® ZYNQ® 7020 SoC, which contains two ARM® Cortex-A9 Processors and a Series-7 FPGA with 85k Programmable Logic cells. A Linux OS runs on the host processor system. It communicates with the PC through either a USB 2.0 high speed port or a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port. The default software configuration uses USB.

Software Operation

To start the ACE evaluation software, here are the following steps:

  • 1. Open the ACE software.
  • 2. In the Start window, wait until the software recognizes the “ADAQ8092 Board” as an attached hardware, and then double-click on it to go to the “ADAQ8092 Board” window (refer to Figure 9).

Figure 9. Start Window

  • 3. In the ADAQ8092 Board window, here you will see the simple block diagram of the evaluation board of the ADAQ8092, double-click the “ADAQ8092” icon from the block diagram to go to the “ADAQ8092” chip window (refer to Figure 10).

Figure 10. ADAQ8092 Board Window

  • 4. In the ADAQ8092 chip window, click “Proceed to Analysis”, to start the evaluation. Note: Here you change the device attributes before starting the evaluation such as: alt_bit_pol_en , data_rand_en, dout_en, pd_gpio, pd_mode, sampling_frequency, test_mode, and twos_complement.

Figure 11. ADAQ8092 (Chip) Window


Here in the ANALYSIS window, there are three (3) panes, the CAPTURE pane, ANALYSIS pane, and RESULTS pane.

  • In the CAPTURE pane, the user can change the sample count up to 65536 and the sample frequency used is shown. At the bottom, the user can capture data once by clicking “Run Once” or continuously by clicking “Run Continuously”. Note: Use “Run Continuously” when capturing the Average FFT, INL, and DNL.
  • In the ANALYSIS pane, the user can change the “windowing” type of the FFT, and also the “average iterations” when capturing the INL and DNL performance. When measuring the INL and DNL, the user should use the “Run Continuously” function and wait until it reaches the number of “average iterations” placed.
  • In the RESULTS pane, this is where the parametric values will be displayed. At the bottom of it, the user can import or export the data.

Figure 12. Waveform view

Figure 13. FFT view

Figure 14. Average FFT view

Figure 15. INL view

Figure 16. DNL view

Evaluation Board Support

Technical support for the evaluation board hardware and software can be obtained by posting a question to ADI's EngineerZone technical support community for precision ADCs.

The evaluation board schematic and other board files can be found on the EVAL-ADAQ8092-FMCZ web page.

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