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Testing the AD-FMComms1-EBZ Board

Testing this board, is based on data/algorithms which can be found at:

Required Software

  • (CF Card filesystem contents)
  • – utility used to format the CF Card with an appropriate FAT16 filesystem.

Required Hardware

  • Xilinx ML605
  • 1GB or 2GB CompactFlash card (Sandisk Ulra II or similar)
  • Rohde & Schwarz FSEA30, FSEA20, FSEB20, FSEB30, or similar. (These are not avalible new anymore, but can be purchased or rented from your
  • HF SMA Cables, Adaptors, etc.

Software Installs

  • The test application is written in Linux - so you must have a Linux PC. If you don't:
    • Install Ubuntu Linux
    • Install required packages (gnuplot, glade).
    • Since the date of manufacture is programmed into the boards, make sure that the day and time on the computer is set correctly.
  • Format and populate CF Card
    • In order to use a CF card with the Xilinx SystemACE it must be formatted with a FAT12 or FAT16 filesystem. You cannot format the Card using Windows XP or later. Please use the mkdosfs utlity.
    • Format instructions:
      1. Put your empty CF card into a CF reader.
      2. You will need to BACKUP ALL YOUR DATA ON THE CF CARD
      3. Click Start → Run
      4. Enter cmd and click Run
      5. cd to the directory where you extracted mkdosfs.exe
      7. You will need to know the drive letter of your CF reader
      8. Type mkdosfs –s 64 –F 16 –R 1 f:
      9. Notice that f: should be replaced by the drive letter of your CF reader followed by a colon.
    • Now unzip onto your freshly formatted CF Card.

Hardware Setup

- Connect the ML605 power and Ethernet cables. - Set SACE MODE switches (S1) to

  • CFGAddr2: OFF
  • CFGAddr1: ON
  • CFGAddr0: OFF


Testing the AD-FMComms1-EBZ board uses the ML605 board from Xilinx. You should be familiar with a few of the connectors as switches on the board: ML605 Diagram

  1. Connect the AD-FMCOMMS1-EBZ FMC board to the ML605, on the LPC FMC connector (20).
  2. Turn on the power switch on the ML605 board (18A)
    • Wait ~11 seconds. The DS1 System ACE Status LED should be blinking. This indicates that the ACE file in the CF card is being loaded.
    • Wait ~10 seconds more. The blue light on the AD-FMComms1-EBZ should start blinking, indicating that the card is being initialized.
    • Wait ~10 seconds more. The LCD should display the IP number of the board, and the line “XCOMM LPC”, this indicates that the Linux kernel booted on the Microblaze is properly configured, and found all the devices on the card.
    • In total, this step should take ~30 seconds.
  3. Observe LCD Display (17f).
    LCD image
    • Line 1: Target IP Addrees
    • Line2: XCOMM LPC if device is present (chip id read correct)
  4. On the Linux development system open dactune application
  5. Under the Setting TAB
    • IP NETWORK: Enter target IP Address (same as printed on the display)
    • IEEE 488 / IEC625 GPIB Interface: Enter GPIB Address (FSEA instrument settings specific)
    • IEEE 488 / IEC625 GPIB Interface: Enter GPIB tty (use dmesg on your Linux box after you plugged in the Prologix GPIB-USB Interface, typically /dev/ttyUSB0 or /dev/ttyUSB1)
    • IEEE 488 / IEC625 GPIB Interface: You may want to enable the calibrate checkbox as well.
    • Files: Set path to CalPlan2.ini located within the dactune source directory.
  6. Under the DAC TAB
    • Click on the CONNECT button. (observe messages in the box below)
  7. In case a programmed board is detected a dialog will be displayed and you are prompted to enter the PCB serial number.
    • Get the Serial number from the sticker on the board and enter it into the dialog text entry field. Press OK.
  8. Observe the LCD display: Make sure that the Serial number printed on Line2 reflects the value previously entered.
  9. Now click on the big AutoTunePlan button and wait.
    • You will be prompted to connect XCOMM DAC out to the Spectrum Analyzer RF Input.
    • Do so and press OK.
    • Wait
    • Now you will be prompted to connect XCOMM DAC out to ADC Input using a straight SMA to SMA Male cable.
    • Do so and press OK.
    • Wait (less) after a few seconds the calibration finished (please observe message box for an error)
  10. Click CONNECT again to disconnect the board.
  11. Repeat steps 6..18 for additional boards.
  12. In the dactune source directory there should exist a results.SN####.tar file for every tested board.

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